James Holmes case: Aurora Century 16 owner Cinemark files to dismiss victims' lawsuits
|Brandon Axelrod, left, speaks with reporters in the days after the Aurora theater shooting.|
Because of such problems, the suits note that the Century 16 had regularly hired various security personnel to work at the theater, including off-duty Aurora police officers -- but they were typically on duty only Friday and Saturday nights. An exception: On July 19, the suit says officers were on hand for the transfer of box-office cash -- but not for the midnight screenings, when huge throngs descended on the theater to attend one of the year's most anticipated movie launches.
Moreover, the suits continue, the exterior doors to the theater lacked "any alarm system, interlocking security systems, or any other security or alarm features which would have put Defendant's employees or security personnel on notice that someone had surreptitiously left the theater by the exterior door and had put the door in an open position which would facilitate a surreptitious and unlawful re-entry" -- precisely what Holmes is thought to have done. And neither did the theater have procedures in place to prevent anyone from taking this action, the complaint maintains.
These assertions are interesting when viewed against the backdrop of the reopening announcement. If, for instance, Cinemark installs alarms on the doors or dictates that security personnel be on hand for all midnight screenings, no matter the day of the week, could attorneys for Traynom, Axelrod and Nowlan successfully argue that these changes constitute acknowledgment that previous procedures were inadequate -- and actionable?
We've reached out to James Meredith, Cinemark's vice president of marketing and communication, in the hope of asking this and other questions, but he hasn't replied thus far. If and when he or a City of Aurora spokesperson does so, we'll update this post.
Continue to see the 9News report about the reopening survey, plus letters from Aurora's mayor and Cinemark's CEO and the two lawsuits.