Words like "disaster" and "tragedy" were used to describe what could have happened at on Saturday night.
But, working security, on weapons charges after he was found to have a loaded 9MM Glock semiautomatic handgun, two more loaded magazines, and four knives on him as he sat in an empty theater.
The movie he was going to see? In a scary reminder of the , Smith had bought a ticket to see The Dark Knight Rises.
The showed how vulnerable people are in movie theaters. Once the movie starts, it's dark, crowded and loud in there.
While Regal Cinema won't discuss specific security measures, it does have the right to search bags coming into the theater, and is cracking down on what sort of costumes and accessories movie fans can wear.
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