MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Local movie theaters in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee are reevaluating their security procedures in the wake of the Colorado movie theater shooting that left 12 people dead.
"The sad part is, people come here to vacation and relax, but it could happen here," said moviegoer Gerardo Olieri.
Olieri was one of dozens of moviegoers lined up outside the Grand 14 theater in Market Common one hour before it opened, waiting to see The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. During Friday morning's midnight premiere in Aurora, Colorado, police say 24 year old James Holmes entered the theater, opening fire on the crowd. Twelve people were killed, 59 were injured.
"He just wants to be somebody," Olieri said. "He never amounted to anything, and the only way he could was by injuring people. It's deplorable."
Theaters in the area are ramping up their security efforts. In Hartsville, police presence around the theater will be increased to reassure customers.
Stone Theaters, which owns Grand 14, released a statement saying "We will continue to evaluate our security procedures, and do everything we can to keep our customers safe."