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Smyrna theater takes precautions following Colorado shooting

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A movie theater in Smyrna is taking extra precautions following Friday's shooting in Colorado during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Over the weekend, Malco Cinema posted signs and had extra security on hand.

"It's a shame that someone would do that and ruin what kids do, what everybody does really," 16-year-old JP Wilds told Nashville's News 2.

In an effort to alleviate any worry, Malco Cinema management posted signs that stated "No masks or face paints allowed."

The sign also said bags and purses could be subject to search.

Manager Brandon Langley told Nashville's News 2, "With the signs it just makes people feel more comfortable."

The extra safety precautions appeared to help some parents like Kevin Bennison, whose son attended the movie.

"I think it's a very good idea because there's a lot of things happening that shouldn't be happening right now," Bennison said.

Joel Shipley added, "I didn't see anyone in a mask either but again it's just a movie."

Moviegoers told Nashville's News 2 there was security inside the theater as well.

"We also have police people on sight all the time just to have that extra eye out," Langley confirmed.

Despite the extra safety measures, Langley added the theater was not as busy as usual.

He said, "I don't even believe that Warner Brothers has released any official numbers yet but I know they're down from what they expected."

Regardless of what the weekend's box office numbers reflect, many were determined not to let the tragedy in Colorado keep them away.

"I don't think that there are any copy cat guys doing anything like this, it's just a movie and we're here in Middle Tennessee and Colorado is a long way away," Shipley said.

There was timeline on how long Malco Cinema will keep their ban on masks and face paint.

AMC movie theaters also implemented a similar nationwide ban following Friday's shooting.

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