Local moviegoers on high alert after Colorado shooting

Posted at 12:57 AM, Jul 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-21 02:04:43-04

The excitement is subdued. For four years, Batman faithful had been waiting for the final chapter in the trilogy.

They still went to the movie, but first looked for a way out.

"It was a little suspicious. I sat down near the front, near the exit, just in case," Cullan Thieman said.

Seventeen-hundred miles west of here, a packed theater went to enjoy the same movie.

The tragic ending to their story had people here on high alert.

"At first, I didn't know what to expect. It was the Dark Knight, people were in there just you know eying everyone else," says Thieman.

Cinema Cafe in Kempsriver had their employees watching out for people as they came into the theater. 

"When we came in tonight, we briefed our staff, obviously they knew what had happened and we're just on the lookout for anything suspicious," Justin Powers said. 

Costumes and masks are banned at AMC Theaters.

The National Association of Theater Owners says they're looking into how they handle security.