Century Aurora & XD

14300 E. Alameda Avenue,
Aurora, CO 80012

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markp on July 25, 2012 at 5:34 am

As someone who has worked continuously for the past 36 years in the industry, from single screen to multiplexes, I cant see how this theatre could ever be reopened. I know myself, I would never want to step foot in there. I think Cinemark should just cut their losses, and as sad and horrific this incident was, they should just level the complex and move on. Just one mans opinion.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on July 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Just wanted to express my continued shock, disgust, and upset at what happened in Aurora. An unfathomable act of savagery and murder.

I also wanted to respond to those who asked that we suspend comments on this page a few days ago. Unfortunately, I have been away at a funeral since Thursday and thus away from the site. I will keep my eye on the comments from here on and hope they stay within the bounds of good taste and sensitivity.

Cinema Treasures is a place to comment on all aspects of a theater and its history. Tragically, this event is inextricably bound to the Century Aurora 16. I hope the ability to comment on this page will give us all time to reflect on what has happened and how to prevent it from ever happening again.

wally 75
wally 75 on July 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Did you hear there is a guy who was in the theatre that night and wants to sue the theatre…He wasn’t even hurt. How do we know if he was even there…and in NY we thought our only problem was our nanny Mayor wants us to stop selling 32oz soda.. I do think Moviebuff82 is right…

JoelWeide on July 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

I know it’s pure speculation at this point as to the future of this venue, but I do not see how Cinemark could reopen it. No one will want to go into it regardless. Columbine High School was remolded after their shooting, but you still know what happened there. It will be interesting to see what the corporate staff decides to do.

LebowskiT1000 on July 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Absolutely incredible what happened here. I find it extremely hard to believe that someone is capable of committing such a tragedy. It really bothers me that these people were just trying to see a movie and enjoy a night out. My heart truly goes out to all the affected family members and friends of the victims and to those that witnessed this event. It’s a crazy world! I don’t think going to the theater will ever be the same for me. I will be watchful and aware of everything that is going on.

moviebuff82 on July 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

This might be the most famous theater in America for a generation of moviegoers who went to see the #1 movie in america at midnight and got a bad rep. Upon looking at the list of theaters in this city, there are others that Aurora residents can go to while this theater is being closed due to this tragedy. Once its remodeled, many tourists will go back to this theater mostly for an escape, not a tragedy.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

I’m pretty darn sure Cinemark will remodel the whole place. I think they HAVE to. How else will people get over going back there? #9 will probably be turned into an XD theatre with leather seats and huge screen.

I used to do audits at this theatre every chance I could. (I love Denver). I can close my eyes and see exactly what things look like. I used to spend hours at that theatre early in the morning and late at night. What’s also creepy is that the theatre is nearly identical to four other Centurys so I’m sure people working at those can imagine as well.

Here’s a good link to a blog about the incident. It really hit the nail on the head for me.


JHJHJH on July 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

I have understood that after Wednesday Cinemark if you want you can open for business

John Fink
John Fink on July 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I am really sad – I almost went to this theatre a few years ago while on business in Denver. I really hope NATO does something (they way they did after 9/11) to help the victims with a night where the proceeds are donated to help those especially those that may have lifetime disabilities as a result of this disgusting horrific terrorist act. The cinema for me is a sacred space, it’s a place where anything can happen (on screen) and where you go to leave your life behind and see the world in someone else’s eyes for 2 hours.

With that said, I’m not sure what the future of the complex will be: on one hand the show must go on, we must not let this terrorist win (I know he’s not a “terrorist” in the traditional sense, but he is a heartless cruel mass murder). I’m not sure if the complex can reopen, certainly not Theatre 9. Theatre 9 has really lost that magic forever – I’m interested to see what Cinemark will do next with this cinema, which once upon a time – less than a week ago, was just another modern big box multiplex in the suburbs.

JoelWeide on July 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Adding link, Thank you.

robboehm on July 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Did the gunman reenter thru the exit door? The way he was decked out he couldn’t have come back in thru the lobby (or could he). A number of NY metropolitan theatres have metal detectors. Sad commentary on the times in which we live. School and theatre shootings; people being trampled to death at the opening of a special sale. And all the hype about new products being introduced at midnight. Outrageous hours for special sales. What’s the big deal about being the first? In the day there was an age requirement for movies and other events. I’m sure the 3 month old would have really appreciated the movie and the 6 year old would have been terrified (and, parenthetically, the audience would have been pissed by screaming children). This movie was not rated G, was it? It’s also interesting that some people who escaped the Century went to see the movie at another multiplex in town the next day which appeared to be empty.

thebrat on July 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

I have no words. I am deeply saddened at the tragedy at this theater. My heart goes out to all the victims. First Heath Ledger, and now 10-14 men, women and children.

JHJHJH on July 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

which will be the future of this theater?

fred1 on July 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Will it make any difference if the deed was done at 2:00 PM.

dickneeds111 on July 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I agree with some of the above. This is not the place to discuss todays news. That belongs on facebook or other news sights. But to continue, what are a 3 month old and a 6 year old doing at a midnight showing. That is the parents fault. I remember all the hoopla that happened when “The Warriors” opened so many years ago. All the stabbings and fights that occured in the theatres at that time all over the country not just in one place. I hope the planned re-make of this movie never takes place because they WILL make the movie more violent, more graphic and terrible language. Lets not blame this incident on the movie or the theatre. This is todays society. Look at the recent massacres in Canada and Alabama. So once again lets get the news off of these entertainment type sights and back on to the news sights. By the way some of the problems when the “Warriors” came out were right here in Massachusetts.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

Very well said Ritchie_T

Richie_T on July 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

Profoundly disturbing. Some thoughts from AICN:

Nordling here.

I can’t help thinking about the kids at last night’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES screening in Aurora, Colorado. How excited they must have been – perhaps they were anticipating it all day before loading up into the car and going to the movies. We’ve all been there. I feel something like that every time I sit down to a new movie, and especially the big ones like this, I always feel like a kid again.

This tragedy has struck the heart of our community. These people are us. Who else goes to midnight screenings but we crazy few movie geeks – yes, even Batman movies – and that excitement is palpable. I wish I could bottle it for the bad days, because it’s one of those times in my life where true joy is found. Going to the movies is my favorite thing in the world, other than spending time with my family and friends. It’s literally what I live for.

This weekend, go to a movie. No, it’s not about keeping the bad guys from winning, or making a statement, although if you want it to be, that’s okay. Go to the movies this weekend because it’s a joy. One of the last great joys we have left these days, it seems. Plant youself in a theater, and see whatever you fancy. It’s the place dreams come true. It’s the magic land. That screen isn’t a window – it’s a door. An inviting door that lets in everyone. All are welcome in that world, and we get to wonder in the power of imagination and beauty.

I don’t normally post like this and I’m sorry if this upsets some of you. I’m grieving for the losses in Aurora, Colorado, and I am trying very hard not to play the political games of finding where to put blame. This community took a real loss today, and I mourn those who were killed, pray for the wounded, and celebrate that magic that we all chase every time we sit down in a movie theater. Theaters are my church, and today we’re all hurting.

I love movies, and you do too. Let’s celebrate them.

Patsy on July 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this senseless crime.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

Forgot to add this until today I didn’t know Century still had theaters in operation.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

I don’t agree Chuck this site and pages are abouot specific theaters and comments are about what goes on at the theater if they are good or bad.

CSWalczak on July 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

I think it is one thing to add an historical note about a crime – historical or contemporary – that occured at a theater. It is another matter to use a theater’s comments page as a blog about the incident or a condolence page or to ruminate about what theaters in general should do to keep this senseless nightmare from happening again. I am not against these discussions, quite the contrary, but I do think they should be conducted elsewhere.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

well.. it is about its exhibition history. There have been similar comments made about shootings on other theatre pages, the only difference is that those happened 10 years ago and not this morning.

As for the theatre recovering — though it will forever have the stigma attached to it — the more important question is how will this effect theatres in general? People are already asking why bother go to a movie when they can get them at home. Now they can add that they don’t get shot at home as another reason to stop going.

Suspend comments — not a bad idea.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 20, 2012 at 9:07 am

WHy would someone bring a 3 motnh old baby to a midnight movie? That is really stupid.

CSWalczak on July 20, 2012 at 9:02 am

I agree; what has happened is dreadful, but comments about this horror are not really about this theater in terms of its architecture or exhibition history.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

The crazy guy reportedly came in through the emergency exit door.

And where was security? Many theatres don’t have security, or if they do it’s only on weekends or during particularly volatile films. Asking where was security is almost like asking the question “Why wasn’t there an usher sitting in each theatre to make sure the temperature doesn’t get too hot?” It’s just not realistic, especially when you see the quality of some security firms out there. Now had it been an off-duty police officer I think that’d be different story.