Security increased at movies following shootings
NEW YORK (AP) -- Around the country, some moviegoers are seeing increased security at today's showings of the new Batman movie, in the wake of last night's shooting rampage at a theater in Colorado that left 12 people dead.
Two police officers were stationed outside a theater in New York's Times Square today, where showings of "The Dark Knight Rises" are starting every 20 minutes.
One 21-year-old woman who was waiting outside the theater said her mother was a little worried about her going to see the film. Stephanie Suriel said she's "not nervous at all" -- but that she planned to sit in the back, just to be safe.
At a theater in downtown Washington, moviegoers trickled into an 11 a.m. showing. Theater employees searched patrons' bags and purses while taking their tickets.
Staff members at a Philadelphia theater said the extra security that was in place was normal for big movies, and not a result of the shooting in Colorado.
One man who was waiting to see the film said, "Shootings can happen anywhere" -- and that it would be "silly to blame the film."