Despite numerous calls to ramp up security, the LAPD assured moviegoers that there’s no credible threat.
A number of theaters and mall chains around the Los Angeles county have requested to beef up security following threats of civil disobedience during the premiere of the Joker movie next week. However, according to the police force, the threats are ill-founded, and there’s no real threat to the public.
However, at least two US movie chains have gone ahead and set their own precautions. The Landmark Theaters which run 52 theaters have banned the sale of masks and costumes during the theatrical run of Joker. Similarly, Kansas-based AMC Theaters released a statement that says:
“Guests are welcome to come dressed in costume, but we do not permit masks, face paint or any object that conceals the face,”.
Apparently, these allegations invoked memories of the mass shooting that occurred during the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. In particular, 12 people died when a gunman open fired at the crowd during the midnight release of the said movie in Colorado. Incidentally, the new Joker movie seems to serve as a prequel to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
LAPD assures no credible threats
To appease the public, however, the LAPD has assured that they will maintain “high visibility” in movie theaters throughout the vicinity. In a press statement, the police force mentioned that:
“While there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, the Department will maintain high visibility around movie theaters when it opens. We encourage everyone to go out and enjoy all of the weekend leisure activities the City has to offer. However, Angelenos should remain vigilant and always be aware of your surroundings. As always, if you see something, say something.”
However, the US Army is taking a different route.
In a confirmed detail, the US Army sent out memos to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Accordingly, the memo contained details about a possible threat to cinemas. Additionally, this was discovered by military intelligence on the internet.
Joker expects to break box office records upon its release next week. The neo-noir movie received an 8-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival last month. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker.