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Local Moviegoers React To Shooting

By Bryan Navarro

ASHLAND, Ore. — The nation is reeling after a gunman opened fire in a Colorado movie theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman film. As moviegoers across the country are filing into theatres across the country, some are wondering if there could be a copycat at their showing.

At the Ashland Street Cinemas, it’s been business as usual for the movie theatre. NewsWatch12 spoke with a handful of customers before the afternoon showing of ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ just about all of them say they were not worried a similar incident happening there.

The same goes for the managers of this theatre. The owner of Coming Attractions Theatres, John Schweiger, says in his 25 years in the industry, he’s never heard of anything like this. He calls it a senseless act, and says that owners of movie theatres across the country are sharing the pain of Friday’s tragic incident. He admits a similar shooting could happen here, but says the odds are very, very low.

“We are like anybody else. If somebody wants to get in there and really want to cause a problem, they’re going to do it,” Schweiger says. “It’s just…I have no idea how to guarantee, 100% that we’re not going to have any kind of a problem.”

Schweiger says he had not received any calls from concerned customers over the Colorado shooting. When asked about the business fallout of the Colorado shooting, Schweiger says he does not expect ticket sales to drop in the wake of the massacre. He says, unfortunately, we, as a society, have come to expect these incidents more often.