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Newtown discusses future of Sandy Hook, while Aurora Century 16 prepares to reopen

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What should happen to the site of a tragedy? It's been a month since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and yesterday members of that community met to discuss what should become of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 died. Aurora faced that same question after the July 20 Aurora theater shooting.

And now, less than six months after a dozen people died there, the revamped theater will officially reopen on Thursday, January 17, with victims, families, first responders, hospital employees and public officials on hand -- as well as grief counselors. Victims and their family members will be allowed to make advance, private visits tomorrow and Wednesday. And there will be free movies for the community all weekend.

Cinemark, owner of the theater, had used a Facebook poll last fall to poll people about what should be done with the facility: Of the 6,000 reported responses, 70 percent said the theater should stay. But the decision to reopen the theater, smack in the middle of Aurora's centerpiece shopping center, always seemed like a done deal....even if the color scheme has been revamped into something more somber.

The problem of what to do with Sandy Hook Elementary won't be as easy to solve. One of the draws of living in such a small town is a community school; now the kids are being bussed out of the community. A second meeting to discuss the status of the building will be held on Friday, but one thing is certain: This is a lesson plan that no educators can ever be prepared for.

From our archives: "School shooter Laurie Dann only killed one, but her crime was memorable for other reasons, too."


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Lumnija Gjoni
Lumnija Gjoni

Too many "bad" things take place in Aurora........so I do my best to avoid it.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

I would still see a movie there. If we abandon every place where a tragedy occurs, then the perpetrators exhibit a lot more control over us than they should rightfully have. The best thing we can do is reclaim our lives.

Lisa Hill
Lisa Hill

Last time I went to the movies, a pack of fools showed up late, sat down right behind me, and opened up their big Family Sized bags of Doritos and started chompin away...It was rude and disgusting....

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Sure because I don't give a fuck about "gun free" zones. I believe in protecting myself and my family.

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

Im not really interested in going back to a theater period. Considering that movies get released on dvd and bluray within 2-3 months of leaving the theater, at this point I was only going back because of 3d anyway. It just isnt worth the $.. Let alone a darkened room where any proud gun-toting conservative who saw someone walking around with a bag would think,"Its another massacre-ist-er....lets giiiiit 'em (emphasis on hayseed accent)!".

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

Sandy Hook is a school and they should do what Columbine did and redesign their school and open it next year.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Naed, is that like how having those 2 armed guards at Columbine deterred Klebold and Harris from shooting up their high school? Oh...

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

Nope There's lots of other great theaters They should have torn it down and put a monument up. Something simple and tasteful. They just proved that making money is more important then peoples lives. So I will probably ban their whole chain of greedy theaters.

Naed Fjordman
Naed Fjordman

I'm gonna say no. A law abiding citizen with a weapon for personal defense can't get in. Meanwhile, lunatics, armed to the teeth, can get in. Criminals look for places where guns are prohibited so that no one can stop them. So no, I would not go there, or anywhere else that prohibits me from defending myself.

Leah Ryan
Leah Ryan

Nope. I don't care how the deaths happened... If someone was murdered, it freaks me out. The old chuck-e-cheese that's now a restaurant on iLiff & chambers... Nope. The shooting range at CC reservoir after those Australian twin girls shot themselves (1 dying).... Freaks me out. Just how I am. Plus there are dozens of other theaters to go to, so it's not like that's the only one.

Tracey Nichols
Tracey Nichols

YES! I will not let that creep scare me away from my favorite theater! SUPPORT of our community tells the bad guys they WILL NEVER WIN! Can you imagine if every business shut down after an act of violence, we'd have no entertainment left???

Austin Marie Richell
Austin Marie Richell

I'm with Tom, I was always a little freaked out to go there, but I have to say I would still go there to see a move f I was in that neighborhood.

Tom Russell
Tom Russell

No. But I never felt comfortable there before the shooting.

JRush Vertigo
JRush Vertigo

safe, yes... creeped out even more so though. i'll pass...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

In America, the property owner gets to decide what happens with his property. In the case of the theater company, it's up to them. In the case of the school district, maybe the land should go back to the people it was stolen from.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Wake-Up Call.  You are not a journilist.

What should happen to the site of a tragedy?  

Do you mean the entire United States?  Or just the part where white people were killed? You know because the whole geniocide thing that led to the creation of ¨the United States Of America.¨

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

BYOBA -- Bring Your Own Body Armor

Free Popcorn -- small size -- for anyone sporting a GSW scar.


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