Alabama Theatres

July 20, 2012 - 10:56am

Alabama movie theaters are showing the new Batman movie as planned despite the killings during a screening in Colorado.

A few cars were in the parking for a mid-morning screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at an Amstar 14 theater in the Birmingham suburb of Alabaster on Friday. A police car cruised by the multiplex, but officials say no extra security is being added.

Theater manager Stephen Byrd says he's treating the Colorado shootings as an isolated incident and didn't see any reason to cancel the show.

Janet Wiles was buying tickets for the "The Dark Knight." She says she's not worried about attending, but she's also glad police regularly patrol near the theater.

Theater websites show the film also is playing as planned in Mobile, Huntsville and Montgomery.

Meanwhile, a former medical student is under arrest, accused of opening fire in a crowded theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Colorado, killing more than 10 people and injuring at least 50 others.

A federal law enforcement official says the suspect, identified by other federal law enforcement officials as James Holmes, used multiple guns and a gas canister in the attack. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.  Officials believe Holmes was wearing a gas mask during the attack.

Holmes is in police custody, and the FBI says there is no indication the attack is tied to any terrorist groups.

Spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery says 24-year-old James Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver until last month. She did not know when he started school or why he withdrew.

Associated Press