Fire Forces 'Dark Knight' Screening Evacuation in Mexico

11:02 AM PST 07/27/2012 by John Hecht
Warner Bros.
"The Dark Knight Rises"

No one was injured in the incident after a trash container burned on Friday morning at Cinepolis theater in Zapopan, near Guadalajara.

MEXICO CITY -- A small fire in a Mexico theater forced some 800 moviegoers to evacuate a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.

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No one was injured in the incident after a trash container caught fire early Friday morning in the lobby of a Cinepolis theater in Zapopan, a municipality near Guadalajara. 

The Mexico City daily El Universal said fire inspectors were investigating the cause on Friday, including the possibility of arson. The fire reportedly was contained quickly and the evacuation of several theaters went smoothly, though those in attendance were obviously scared by the smoke and fire alarm. 

A Cinepolis spokesman said the fire was "an isolated incident" and had nothing to do with the Dark Knight shooting in a Colorado theater, which left 12 people dead and 58 injured last week.

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Warner Bros. canceled the Dark Knight Mexico City premiere and press event earlier this week. Actors Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were slated to attend. 

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