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Movie theaters, as well as other popular places for amusement, are vulnerable to a wide range of attacks. Theaters are desirable targets because groups of people are in close quarters in a mostly darkened space for a set and predetermined period of time. Individuals interested in engaging in an attack of violence on a movie theater also have the advantage of the film soundtrack drowning out the noise from their attack or assisting in creating a diversion or confusion. For example, in a Detroit movie theater in 1989, a shooting scene during the movie Harlem Nights created a diversion for a simultaneous shooting in the theater. However, since the mass shooting on July 20, 2012, at the Century Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado, in which ...

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