Category Archives: Aurora Theater Shooting

Aurora council approves money to fund theater response review

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The scene outside the Century 16 theaters on the morning of July 20, 2012. (Karl Gehring, Denver Post file)

AURORA — Facing criticism for ambulance delays to the mass-shooting scene at the Century Aurora theater, City Council on Monday gave initial approval of almost $250,000 for a contract to an out-of-state firm that will conduct a comprehensive review on the response effort.

TriData, which has conducted so-called “after-action reports” in the wake of mass shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech University, will review thousands of radio and dispatch transmissions and interview hundreds of first responders, which include police officers, firefighters and ambulance drivers.

The independent Virginia-based firm offers research and analysis of emergency medical services, prevention and preparedness and was picked over six other firms vying to conduct the theater- shooting report.

Century Aurora theater reopens with ceremony, showing of “The Hobbit”

Tom Sullivan, left rear, whose son Alex was slain in the Aurora theater shooting, watches the reopening ceremony with family members Thursday in Auditorium I, the remodeled Theater 9 of the Century Aurora theater. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Tom Sullivan, left rear, whose son Alex was slain in the Aurora theater shooting, watches the reopening ceremony with family members Thursday in Auditorium I, the remodeled Theater 9 of the Century Aurora theater. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Seated toward the front of Auditorium I, Pierce O’Farrill pointed to the walkway a few feet in front of him. “That’s around where a SWAT team guy found me and then dragged me to safety,” he said.

It had been almost six months earlier to the day, and O’Farrill returned to the renovated movie theater where he was shot three times in a mass shooting.

“This is weird, man,” said O’Farrill, his eyes glancing around. “I’m glad to be here, and, obviously, I’m glad to be alive.”

Cinemark will reopen Century Aurora 16, letter to mayor says

The Century16 Theater of Aurora on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | AARON ONTIVEROZ)
The Century16 Theater of Aurora on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | AARON ONTIVEROZ)

The neon lights at Century Aurora 16 were dimmed Friday night, but they won’t be off for long.

Cinemark, based in Plano, Texas, said Friday that the theater complex, where 12 people were killed and 58 others were injured, will be renovated and reopened, perhaps by the end of the year.

Cinemark president Tim Warner said in a letter to Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan that “it will be our privilege to reopen the theater. We pledge to reconfigure the space and make the theater better than ever.”

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Aurora officials survey city on future of Century Aurora 16

Sisters Rachel and Heather Meyer, of Port Washington, Wis., stop on their way to California to photograph the Century Aurora 16 theater complex Tuesday. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post
Sisters Rachel and Heather Meyer, of Port Washington, Wis., stop on their way to California to photograph the Century Aurora 16 theater complex Tuesday. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

When is the time right to have a discussion about what should be done with the Century Aurora 16 theater? It’s a question on the minds of many in this community who continue to grieve a month after the suburban theater became the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

For leaders in the city of Aurora, now is the appropriate time to begin talking about the future of the building, where 12 people were killed and 58 injured in an early-morning attack carried out during the premiere of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

This week, Aurora officials launched an online surveyasking people to give their thoughts on the future of the theater. City leaders then plan to share those comments with officials at Cinemark — the company that owns the theater — for consideration in the decision-making process.