Movie Theaters Step Up Security in Wake of Deadly Killings, Assaults

A night at the movies is supposed to be entertaining, not deadly.

Yet recent high-profile killings across the United States over the past few years have turned a place once reserved for people’s to watch their fantasies come to life into real nightmare.

The movie theater business is now taking steps to ensure the safety of their guests. Regal Entertainment Group announced this month that it is stepping up security measures and will begin checking bags of guests entering their theaters in Orange County and elsewhere.

The decision came just weeks after an adult and three juveniles made their way into the Edwards Big Newport 6 theaters in Newport Beach armed with a leaf blower and yelled at the crowd in a menacing way. The same month, a man in Tennessee armed with pepper spray, a pellet gun and a hatchet attcked guests at a movie theater and was shot dead by police.

In July 2015, two women were shot and killed by a gunman in Louisiana.

Perhaps the most gruesome movie theater slaying and one that may have started it all, was back in July 2012 when the then 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes burst into a Colorado Century Aurora 16 movie theater screening “The Dark Knight Rises.” He was dressed like the Joker character and armed with multiple guns and rifles as he shot and killed 12 innocent and defenseless people and injured 70 more. A jury recently gave him a life sentence on August 7, 2015 with no possibility of parole.


People who have been injured or lost a loved one due to an assailant such as the above cases may have a claim against the theater owner for breach of security. These movie theaters owe a duty to patrons to protect them from potential harm while they are on their premises.


Johnson Attorneys Group handles personal injury claims on behalf of clients who are injured or have lost a loved one in an accident or due to the negligence of a business or government entity.

If you have legal questions after being injured, contact us today at 800-235-6801 for a free consultation.

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