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Increased Police Presence During Dark Knight Rises Screenings in Ridgewood

Extra patrols will be keeping an eye on the theater after the Colorado shootings, according to police chief.

The is increasing security around the downtown movie theater Friday night in wake of the tragic shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado early Friday morning, said Police Chief John Ward.

"We're coordinating with the theater to enhance security and ensure public safety," Ward said. He did not cite specifics due to what he called "security reasons."

The local Clearview Warner Theater manager referred all questions to a spokesman. The spokesman, Craig O'Connor, did not immediately return a request for comment early Friday afternoon.

At least 12 people died and dozens were wounded as a result of the massacre. A total of 71 people were shot, according to reports.

The last showing of the Dark Knight Rises at the Ridgewood Clearview Cinemas on Friday will be at 10:30 p.m. Earlier showtimes are at 3:30 and 7 p.m.

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J.D. Luke July 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I very much doubt that there's any reason for enhanced security over this. Tragically, every now and again some maniac lets loose and kills a bunch of people. That doesn't necessarily mean that we have to have an expanded police presence around every clock tower, movie theater, Federal building and school.
Elizabeth Cox July 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
why not? people copycat crimes all the time. if it does happen again people will say-"why wasn't there enhanced security"
News Man July 20, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Sounds like the era of fright movie attendance drives of the 50's. How does a topic like this even get started? What's next the Blob, is coming, the Blob is coming?
James Kleimann July 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Sorry, what are you saying? Seriously, I don't know what you're referring to.
No One July 20, 2012 at 08:52 PM
The shooting was horrible, but at least the response was well organized. http://www.jems.com/video/news/audio-colorado-theater-shooting
News Man July 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM
The point is, the fanning of a national theater tragedy only increases fears in a local population. I suggest this topic page should have pursued an effort to calm fears down. The lead photo does nothing to do that.
Dan Johnson July 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Copycats happen. I applaud the police for considering that. I applaud the media for publicizing that which might make some nut think twice.
Ed Burgoyne July 21, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Ridgewood is not immune to violence. That statue outside the Ridgewood Post Office is a reminder that a shooting can happen anywhere. Stuff happens, sometimes crazy happens. Four people were killed during the incident. It certainly does no harm for the cops to show a presence. http://www.northjersey.com/news/131255094_Remembering_a_tragedy_in_Ridgewood__20_years_later.html?page=all
Gabe Alpert July 21, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I think its a great idea to help calm the nerves of those going out to see the movie but let us not forget this guy apparently went through the back door....... So maybe the police should be guarding all entrances to the movie theater and not allowing in anyone who is red headed....
News Man July 21, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Thank you Ed Burgoyne, for posting this North Jersey story LINK for Local readers. I remember it clearly.

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