Posted at: 07/20/2012 5:22 PM
| Updated at: 07/20/2012 6:16 PM
By: Abigail Bleck
ALBANY--Butch Marx did not think twice about buying a ticket to the latest Batman movie Friday afternoon.
"It was terrible, what happened. But what can you do? You can't stop living life," Marx explained.
Theater owners, however, are thinking twice about how to prevent what they hope was an isolated incident from occurring again. News that the gunman in Colorado propped open an emergency exit before opening fire makes Jay Pregent at the Madison Theater feel good about his decision to alarm the doors if they are tripped from the inside and make them un-openable form the outside.
"You have to have a balance. Keeping people safe who come in and keeping people out," says Pregent.
Also at The Madison, the staff conducts frequent "theater checks." Other movie houses in New York have metal detectors and a security staff but that's a leap Pregent isn't willing to take until the investigation is complete and all the details are released in Colorado.
"It's too quick to come with a knee jerk reaction. 'We're gonna do this, we're gonna do that.' But yeah, it's gonna be in the back of my mind."
Because he knows it's also now on the minds of movie-goers.
"Safety is important. You never know what is around the corner," adds Marx.
The theater company that runs the movies at Crossgates and Colonie Center--Regal Cinemas--is making changes too. Patrons should expect stricter controls over character attire or costumes. Additional security details won't be releases, according to a Regal Spokesman, for obvious reasons.