Seattle crowds flocked to opening day showings of the latest Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”, saddened but undeterred by the midnight screening massacre in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 dead and 59 wounded.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the department would not deploy extra officers to screenings.
“We don’t want people to read too much into this,” he said. “It is an isolated incident, and the best advice, if you see something suspicious, report it.”
Every showing of the film at the Pacific Science Center is sold out for the weekend.
“Off-duty Seattle Police officers provide security during busy weekends and were already scheduled to be on-site during this nearly-sold out opening weekend, ” said Michal Anderson, chief financial and operating office at Pacific Science Center. “Pacific Science Center also contracts with a private firm to ensure security seven days a week.”
Many theater-goers outside the center said they were saddened by the shooting deaths.
“It is just unfair,” said Casey Shirks of Tacoma, who drove up with his friend, Nathaniel Davies, to see the film in IMAX. “There were kids there.”
Davies said he would be “more hesitant” to go to a midnight showing after the shooting.
Mark Trono of Seattle said he enjoyed the film and didn’t think about the Colorado shooting until one scene in the film when the villain, Bane, takes workers at a stock exchange hostage and shoots into a crowd of people with an automatic weapon.
“(The Colorado shooting) will make the scene a little bit more grim,” he said.
Trono said he heard about the shooting before he left for the theater and considered skipping the showing but ultimately decided to go: ” I thought – this is Seattle.”