If the exit doors out of the now-infamous Cinemark movieplex in Aurora, Colorado had been equipped with audible alarms, there’s a good chance last week’s movie massacre wouldn’t have gone down as it did.
If at all.
And that’s a question movie plexes nationwide must now deliberate upon.
Frankly, it’s not like the door alarm systems are prohibitively expensive. What retail store, hotel or office doesn’t have a few of them?
Take the Detex ECL-230D-PH. It’s an alarmed exit control lock that “can be found on the back doors of more big box retail stores than any other competing brand,” Detex claims. “This heavyweight exit control hardware by Detex has deterred thieves from walking off with millions of dollars worth of merchandise and goods. And when it comes to ensuring a quick exit in the event of an emergency, the Detex ECL-230D-PH won’t malfunction.”
The systems retail for $371 per door and can be purchased online for less than $200 each. Making the total outlay for a 14 screen movieplex about $2,800 plus installation.
KC Confidential movie guy Jack Poessiger says he has no idea why movie theaters have never implemented exit locks, if only to percent people from sneaking in.
“I know all the airlines have them at airports if you try to go through a door you’re not supposed to the alarm goes off,” Poessiger says. “But I’ve never seen that in a movie theater.”
In the wake of Friday’s Dark Knight shooting a reporter for Channel 5 in Cleveland walked into a darkened theater later that same day in Rocky River’s AMC Theater and tested the exit door to see if it would trigger an alarm.
“There were no signs indicating an alarm would sound, so she pushed open the door,” the report reads. “Nothing happened. But that’s not all…as she walked away the door never closed completely. She had to slam it to get it to shut.”
The reporter then contacted AMC’s local manager who “would only tell her he was on his way to shut the door and she needed to call a media hotline at AMC’s corporate offices,” the report concludes.
There you have it, sounds like a no-brainer to me.