MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The Colorado movie theatre massacre continues to haunt movie-goers across the nation. In the Mid-South Batman fans say the show must go on, they're still catching the movie on opening day.
Malco movie theaters are reviewing their security policy, looking for any improvements that can be made. AMC theaters aren’t allowing patrons to wear masks or carry fake weapons into the show.
Memphis resident Chris Brown was at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Paradiso. "The atmosphere here was crazy," he said, "The people dressing up, I hadn't seen anything like it."
Brown is back on Friday for an encore, but this time he has a lot more on his mind. "It's devastating," he says, "The fact that someone could do that is surreal and kind of puts things in perspective almost."
Laura Omell was shocked when she heard about the shooting, "It's disturbing, I go to the movies all the time by myself."
Unlike Brown, Omell says she's staying far away from the theater because of the Colorado massacre. "It's scary to think someone can just, in a movie theater, walk in and kill 12 people," she says, "It's insane."
The film made more than $30 million from midnight showings. Omell won't be part of additional dollars and says the next time she goes to the theater she'll pay attention to more than just the screen. "When I go back to the movie I may not be as comfortable," she says, "I think I'll be very cautious when I go back."
Brown says, it's a scary situation where life imitates art. "It just shows there actually is craziness in the world that people could call themselves 'the Joker' and go do something, as horrifying as that is, it's scary."
Memphis Police do have a Blue Crush camera in the Paradiso parking lot, but say they will not be doing extra patrols at theaters this weekend unless an incident happens.