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Theaters in Orlando, Fla., were determined to stay open for business on Sunday despite the tragic mass shooting overnight at a gay nightclub in the city’s downtown area that left at least 50 people dead and scores more injured in what is being described as an act of terror.
Orlando, also home of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Florida, is a robust moviegoing market with a wide offering of cinema choices. Several of the bigger multiplexes are located nearer to the theme parks, versus downtown, including the AMC Universal Cineplex 20, the Cinemark Artegon Marketplace and the Regal Cinemas Pointe Orlando 20.
Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe 12, which is less than two miles away from the Pulse nightclub, the site of the shooting, was likewise open for business on Sunday. (A manager told The Hollywood Reporter he couldn’t comment.)
Orlando theaters are sure to have a visible security presence in the wake of Sunday’s shooting, although cinemas across the country have been on high alert since last summer’s shooting during a screening of Trainwreck that left two dead. The incident prompted theater owners to revisit and reinforce security measures they implemented after the Aurora, Colo., mass theater shooting in 2012 that left 12 dead.
Larger theater chains, including Regal, Cinemark and AMC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A staff member at the Cinemark Artegon told THR that officers with the Orlando police department are always present.
Hollywood studio executives on Sunday were loath to address whether the Orlando mass shooting will dampen moviegoing in general, but noted that in the past, such tragedies haven’t.
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