Twin Falls Theater Addresses Security Over Joker Shooting Threats
The new Joker film arrives to national theaters this week amid concerns movie goers could be targets for some planning to execute violent acts.
The impending October 4 DC Films release of the highly anticipated film "Joker," has prompted movie theater management throughout the country to carry out planned security measures prior to movie goers entering the theater. The United States military has even gotten involved by sharing intelligence regarding a string of social media threats about potential planned mass shootings.
Thoughts this week are with the families of the victims of the mass shootings of 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, in which James Holmes entered through an unlocked rear exit and shot and killed 12 people during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Seventy people were are also injured in the attack.
U.S. movie theaters have taken to social media this week to inform the public that security measures will be taken for all showings of Joker. In an October 1 post to its Facebook page, Magic Valley Cinema 13 announced no bags of any kind will be permitted into the theater. Masks, makeup and accessories (fake weapons) will also not be permitted.
Joker stars actor Joaquin Phoenix in the lead roll of Arthur Fleck, a struggling comedian who mentally breaks after years of ridicule and bullying. The film is rated R for language and violence.
Please be sure to reach out to local authorities if you have been in the presence of anyone that has discussed planning any sort of violent act during one of the screenings. The public needs to be on alert for any type of related threats.