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(Chicago Trib)   Here's a really great idea that's sure to get us tons of great publicity: Let's invite the relatives of the Aurora massacre victims to the grand re-opening of the movie theater in which their loved ones perished   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 146
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2013-01-02 02:27:33 PM  
Throw in some free pop rocks uh, ju-jubes!
 
2013-01-02 02:31:01 PM  
Well, at least they scuttled the plan to rename it the Crosshairs Cinema.
 
2013-01-02 02:31:58 PM  

St_Francis_P: Well, at least they scuttled the plan to rename it the Crosshairs Cinema.


Surveyor's Marks Cinema has a better ring to it.
 
2013-01-02 02:32:15 PM  
I bet they planned to show TDKR, too
 
2013-01-02 02:34:20 PM  
Wow.

I figured they would just tear the farker down and call it a loss.  Forget the victims' relatives: who the hell will be able to go and enjoy a movie there without thinking about what happened?
 
2013-01-02 02:40:21 PM  
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance, Large Buttered Popcorn, Mike and Ikes.

Yup, sounds about right.
 
2013-01-02 02:48:31 PM  

gilgigamesh: Wow.

I figured they would just tear the farker down and call it a loss.  Forget the victims' relatives: who the hell will be able to go and enjoy a movie there without thinking about what happened?


Depends on the movie, I guess.  The bullet holes in the seats could make things much more real, and if you throw in some awesome 3D, it could have you wanting to run for the exits.
 
2013-01-02 03:32:36 PM  
But other than that, how was the show, Mrs. Lincoln?
 
2013-01-02 03:46:07 PM  
All guests receive a free pack of Black Cat firecrackers at the door and a lighter, and are encouraged to use them to celebrate at some point during the movie!
 
2013-01-02 03:51:47 PM  
Will they be showing The Dark Knight Rises?

/they should
 
2013-01-02 03:52:13 PM  

brap: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance, Large Buttered Popcorn, Mike and Ikes.

Yup, sounds about right.


well played
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-01-02 03:52:57 PM  
What a dumb-ass idea.  I would have kept it as low key as possible.
 
2013-01-02 04:04:02 PM  
I'm curious to know what movie they think would be appropriate. Feel-good romantic comedy?
 
2013-01-02 04:09:41 PM  

Confabulat: I'm curious to know what movie they think would be appropriate. Feel-good romantic comedy?


For example, "When Harry Shot Sally"?
 
2013-01-02 04:18:14 PM  
FTA: They also said the company refused to meet with them one-on-one without lawyers present.

Can you blame them, since they know that you want them to bleed green blood as punishment for owning a business where some wacko felt like killing people?
 
2013-01-02 04:35:45 PM  

Confabulat: I'm curious to know what movie they think would be appropriate. Feel-good romantic comedy?


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2013-01-02 04:47:10 PM  

DownDaRiver: FTA: They also said the company refused to meet with them one-on-one without lawyers present.

Can you blame them, since they know that you want them to bleed green blood as punishment for owning a business where some wacko felt like killing people?


I'm guessing that if they accept the free ticket and turn it over, the small print will say something along the lines of "By accepting this free ticket to a movie, and using said ticket at Aurora Cinemark Theatres, the user agrees that all claims against said theater for all past actions and damages, known and unknown, are satisfied to the fullest extent."

Always read the fine print.
 
2013-01-02 05:04:05 PM  
Correct use of the dumbass tag.  What on earth were they thinking?  Somebody actually thought this was a good idea?  The mind boggles.
 
2013-01-02 05:38:51 PM  
The movies are free- right?
 
2013-01-02 05:56:41 PM  

vpb: What a dumb-ass idea.  I would have kept it as low key as possible.


Yeah, I think so too. Just quietly reopen. Business may suffer for a bit, but come on. The world is an old place, and you go back far enough someone probably died on every part of it at some point. My house I'm renting here in Spain is about 120+ years old. Someone probably died in the very bedroom I type this in right now.

So reopen, definitely. But don't specifically invite the families of the victims and don't make a big deal of it. Just, open and go. Drawing attention with a big grand reopening makes you look callous and inhuman.

.
 
2013-01-02 06:00:02 PM  
Gotham City needs a hero...
 
2013-01-02 06:01:32 PM  
And free tickets to "Skyfall".
 
2013-01-02 06:02:50 PM  
Poland's tourist ministry would like a word.

www.fototime.com
 
2013-01-02 06:03:05 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: The movies are free- right?


Shhh. Everyone is going to have their kids killed there now!
 
2013-01-02 06:04:53 PM  
They should tell everyone invited that there will also be free shots.
 
2013-01-02 06:05:45 PM  
Considering the fact that Cinemark is a right wing corporation (famously, Mourdock's biggest campaign contributor) and that right wing policies led directly to the shooting of their relatives, I agree with them that it is disgusting.

Dear Next Crazy Guy,

Go shoot up Cinemark HQ.

Thanks.
 
2013-01-02 06:07:59 PM  

DownDaRiver: FTA: They also said the company refused to meet with them one-on-one without lawyers present.

Can you blame them, since they know that you want them to bleed green blood as punishment for owning a business where some wacko felt like killing people?


^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^

So much this!! People have been sneaking into movie theaters since they were invented, it's not like this was some huge "security hole" pointed out to Cinemark and ignored. It was the back farking door of a movie theater, Cinemark had absolutely shiat to do with the people dying. As for the offer in TFA, I think it was Cinemark trying to be nice, I don't think they were trying to be "disgusting", and the '2 days after Christmas' thing wasn't designed to rub salt in open wounds, either. These people need to move the fark on. They're probably just pissed because the kids in Connecticut took all of their 'Look at me! Someone I loved has died" money.

As for the people who think it would be hard to watch a movie there, I go to Trolley Square here in Salt Lake all the time, and hardly ever think about the guy who went on a rampage there in '06. I think about it more when driving by, only because I can picture him crossing from the parking lot across the street... I could go to the Aurora theater and watch a movie. Besides, it's like in The World According To Garp, it's been "pre-disastered".
 
2013-01-02 06:09:14 PM  
So I'm not getting how this was a bad idea. Relatives of 9/11 victims were invited to the WTC site.
 
2013-01-02 06:11:55 PM  
Might give them some closure.

Worth a shot...
 
2013-01-02 06:12:15 PM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: Because People in power are Stupid: The movies are free- right?

Shhh. Everyone is going to have their kids killed there now!


Actually the theater intends to do free movies for a few weeks to attempt to coerce people to come back. I never really liked going to that theater. The mall it's next to is a scummy place, and I stopped going there several years prior after a little old lady got caught in the middle of a gang dispute and ended up dead just before Christmas.
 
2013-01-02 06:13:09 PM  
The families are complaining about a free movie?

If they were given a bar of gold they'd probably complain how heavy it was.
 
2013-01-02 06:13:59 PM  

Shadowknight: vpb: What a dumb-ass idea.  I would have kept it as low key as possible.

Yeah, I think so too. Just quietly reopen. Business may suffer for a bit, but come on. The world is an old place, and you go back far enough someone probably died on every part of it at some point. My house I'm renting here in Spain is about 120+ years old. Someone probably died in the very bedroom I type this in right now.

So reopen, definitely. But don't specifically invite the families of the victims and don't make a big deal of it. Just, open and go. Drawing attention with a big grand reopening makes you look callous and inhuman.

.


This ^^^^^^

It would be different if it were a different kind of business. A movie theater is a place of entertainment and including entertainment as part of an "evening of remembrance" is just wrong. The two public places local to me that had recent mass shootings also reopened, but handled it appropriately IMHO: The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin reopened with a remembrance service and community meal (keeping with the tenets of their religion) and the Azana Spa just reopened with no fanfare.
 
2013-01-02 06:14:16 PM  
Am I the only person who actually felt this is probably less tasteless than the article makes it sound? It doesn't sound like the company put out a big ad in the local newspaper inviting victims and those affected by the tragedy to show up. It sounds like they sent individual invitations to each of those affected. I think that's fairly 'low key'. What isn't low key is the victims' response to it, which is well within their right to do.

The article does say it was about a 'night of remembrance' followed by a movie. And to me that seems fairly tasteful, it seems like they're legitimately trying to help heal wounds instead of making a cash grab. It would be tasteless if they actually charged those victims and their families to see the movie, and if they charged them for concessions. But the article doesn't say either way. But I'm willing to bet everything was comped by the theatre.

Whether it was 'too soon' or not, it's not my place to say. I wasn't affected by it. People heal differently, but the business itself does not. It has to re-open if the theatre owners want to keep making a living, and it isn't their fault a customer decided to snap and go on a shooting spree. We haven't even seen what the invitations to the victims actually said, or if there was anything else in them. If it was my movie theatre, I'd have at least put in the invitation that they're given free movie passes that can be redeemed at any point in their life if they didn't want to attend the re-opening. If they didn't do something like that, then yeah, that is kind of tasteless.

But as for the theatre itself... this is how you heal. This is how you conquer. This is how you make sure people like that psychopath don't win. You re-open, and you have life proceed as normally as possible. You re-open your theatre, you invite the victims and their families to attend in order to both remember the tragedy, and to show that life goes on, and that life can continue normally. You comp their tickets and their concessions, and you play a nice light-hearted, G-rated movie. And if the victims and their families aren't ready for that, you give them a lifetime movie pass that they can redeem whenever they want.

The article is very scarce on specific details, but I'm willing to guess it isn't nearly as cold-blooded as the article says it is.
 
2013-01-02 06:16:02 PM  
Be sure to tell them the sticky stuff on the floor is soda.
 
2013-01-02 06:20:00 PM  
And then the Gremlins will take it over
 
2013-01-02 06:20:27 PM  

DownDaRiver: FTA: They also said the company refused to meet with them one-on-one without lawyers present.

Can you blame them, since they know that you want them to bleed green blood as punishment for owning a business where some wacko felt like killing people?


Yes, I can blame them.
 
2013-01-02 06:20:33 PM  

Shadowknight: vpb: What a dumb-ass idea.  I would have kept it as low key as possible.

Yeah, I think so too. Just quietly reopen. Business may suffer for a bit, but come on. The world is an old place, and you go back far enough someone probably died on every part of it at some point. My house I'm renting here in Spain is about 120+ years old. Someone probably died in the very bedroom I type this in right now.

So reopen, definitely. But don't specifically invite the families of the victims and don't make a big deal of it. Just, open and go. Drawing attention with a big grand reopening makes you look callous and inhuman.

.


First king Spaniards
 
2013-01-02 06:20:42 PM  

Weatherkiss: Am I the only person who actually felt this is probably less tasteless than the article makes it sound?
*snipped for brevity*
The article is very scarce on specific details, but I'm willing to guess it isn't nearly as cold-blooded as the article says it is.




You are not the only one. As I mentioned before, having a movie as part of the remembrance is a bit tasteless, IMO, but the rest of it is fine.
 
2013-01-02 06:24:36 PM  

catmandu: Weatherkiss: Am I the only person who actually felt this is probably less tasteless than the article makes it sound?
*snipped for brevity*
The article is very scarce on specific details, but I'm willing to guess it isn't nearly as cold-blooded as the article says it is.

You are not the only one. As I mentioned before, having a movie as part of the remembrance is a bit tasteless, IMO, but the rest of it is fine.


If only we could read minds. If we could, I would bet money that someone somewhere in the Cinemark hierarchy was hoping this would generate a heartwarming human interest story in the local press. This was about publicity. And it was tasteless.
 
2013-01-02 06:25:59 PM  
I figure you're aiming to make friends with your target audience, so lets give it a shot. But I don't have all day so get the lead out.
 
2013-01-02 06:27:03 PM  
I thought it was a silly waste to tear down the McDonald's in San Ysidro, but as I got older, it made more sense.
 
2013-01-02 06:31:59 PM  
Damned if they do, damned if they don't. People were already complaining that the theatre wasn't reaching out enough to the families of the victims, so now they do and they get vilified for it? Neither the offer or the timing seem tasteless to me, they're in the movie business, so they are offering what they have to offer, a movie, if the shooting was in a restaurant, I'd assume a meal would be offered. What's the big deal?
 
2013-01-02 06:32:03 PM  
Sorry I'm late, I'll just pop in the side door.
 
2013-01-02 06:35:16 PM  

mittromneysdog: catmandu: Weatherkiss: Am I the only person who actually felt this is probably less tasteless than the article makes it sound?
*snipped for brevity*
The article is very scarce on specific details, but I'm willing to guess it isn't nearly as cold-blooded as the article says it is.

You are not the only one. As I mentioned before, having a movie as part of the remembrance is a bit tasteless, IMO, but the rest of it is fine.

If only we could read minds. If we could, I would bet money that someone somewhere in the Cinemark hierarchy was hoping this would generate a heartwarming human interest story in the local press. This was about publicity. And it was tasteless.


Is it possible that maybe they didn't intend it to hit the press at all? The only part of the article that says where it started was by the victims themselves. They decided to air these invitations to the press, not Cinemark. I mean it's within their right to go with the press and say it was tasteless for Cinemark to give them these invitations, but that would be on their behalf to do so, not Cinemark's.

They already have shown they want money from Cinemark, and by taking these invitations to the press, it could be a ploy to get money from them. Cinemark could have just wanted to keep it low key, and send invitations privately, the contents of the invitations we haven't actually seen. The article just shows the victims' side of the story. And the article reads as an attempt to generate outrage against the theatre for sympathy, given its lack of specific details.
 
2013-01-02 06:37:30 PM  
Normally I'm all for freedom of speech but this is like yelling "ready, aim, fire!" in a crowded movie theater.
 
2013-01-02 06:40:15 PM  
Yeah I saw this locally, thought it was in pretty poor taste. So your loved ones died in a movie theater? Here's free tickets to that theater!
 
2013-01-02 06:41:09 PM  

Shadowknight: My house I'm renting here in Spain is about 120+ years old. Someone probably died in the very bedroom I type this in right now.


American ghosts:

"Ooooooooooooooooooooo...."

Spanish ghosts:

"Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy........"
 
2013-01-02 06:46:37 PM  

Shadowknight: Yeah, I think so too. Just quietly reopen. Business may suffer for a bit, but come on. The world is an old place, and you go back far enough someone probably died on every part of it at some point. My house I'm renting here in Spain is about 120+ years old. Someone probably died in the very bedroom I type this in right now.


A friend of our here bought a so-called murder house in which a teenager had killed his entire family. That house sat empty without a buyer for a long time. The friend bought it for about half of its value. Had it been on the market when I was house shopping, I'd have scooped it up.
 
2013-01-02 06:46:40 PM  

Nem Wan: So I'm not getting how this was a bad idea. Relatives of 9/11 victims were invited to the WTC site.


I wasn't aware that the WTC site is billed as fun and entertainment for the whole family.
 
2013-01-02 06:50:10 PM  
Don't waste a good building.
 
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