Last night, a gunman opened fire at the midnight opening show of the newest Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” leaving over ten people dead and fifty more injured. Some theaters, including theaters in Hialeah, Miami Lakes and Dolphin Mall, have decided to add additional security as a precaution to protect their patrons. Yet, despite the massacre, several South Florida movie theaters have stated that they will not make changes to their current security measures.
Regal Entertainment Group owns several theaters in the Miami-Dade and Broward areas and has opted not to add any additional security measures. In a statement, the company stated that it will “continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary.” Regal theaters and AMC multiplexes in the area are regularly patrolled by office duty police officers. Movie theaters that are based in malls often have officers who are regularly assigned to the area. However, neither company will increase the amount of officers assigned to the area in the wake of the tragedy.
While many believe the matter is an isolated incident, one Florida teen recently spoke out against returning to a movie theater. The teen stated, “I’m never going to the movie theater again. Why should I go somewhere where I’m looking over my shoulder worrying that someone is going to come in and harm us when I can wait six months and watch it in the safety of my own home?'” The teen’s mother agreed, wondering why patrons would continue to put themselves in harms way.
No new security measures planned at most movie cinemas in South Florida, www.miamiherald.com July 20, 2012.
Public establishments such as malls and movie theaters have a duty to protect their patrons from known harms. In the wake of this tragedy, owners are now aware that this type of accident is likely and they are now required to take reasonable measures to ensure that their premises are safe. Jonathan Friedland, managing partner of the Miami personal injury law firm, the Friedland | Carmona, specializes in premises liability and negligent security cases. If you believe you were injured or attacked on premises that were not adequately secured, contact the Friedland | Carmona today! Don’t hesitate! The law places strict time restrictions on these types of crimes and it is important to investigate the premises before any material changes are made. Call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation.
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