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Security Tips for Movie Theaters & Moviegoers


Many questions surround the release of the upcoming movie “Joker”, coming out in U.S. theaters on October 6th, 2019. Some warnings have been issued to movie goers throughout the country regarding the movie’s opening weekend and the possibility for violence based on the movie’s premise. According to U.S. Military Commanders in Oklahoma, some threats have been received regarding a possible mass shooting during the movie opening.



“Joker” and concerns over the potential violence it can generate comes 7-years after the mass shooting in Aurora, CO in 2012 during the opening night of the film “The Dark Knight Rises”. That shooting left 12 people dead and 70 injured. Reports indicate over the past few days; the U.S. Army and FBI have reported “chatter” happening on the “dark web” regarding a possible threat to attack an undisclosed movie theater during the opening of the film. While there is no way to predict what might happen, this cautionary warning it’s still important to be aware of. Practicing “situational awareness” and being aware of your surroundings can help anyone maintain a protective stance while going about their daily business.



Here are 5 quick tips for movie theaters to be aware of as they looking to best protect and ensure the safety of movie-goers and their employees:


1. Develop a security and crisis management policies and procedures, and a security plan

2. Have a well thought out evacuation plan

3. Develop a crisis management plan

4. Provide training to theater employees

5. Maintain liaison with law enforcement and first responders



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