City asking for public opinion on fate of theater at Aurora massacre site

“Many people have asked about the future of Aurora’s Century 16 theater. We want to know your thoughts”

AURORA | The City of Aurora is asking for public opinion on the fate of the Century Aurora 16 movie theater where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded last month.

The one-question survey offers an empty field where people can write their comments on the theater’s future..

In this July 20, 2012 photo, police are positioned outside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting. City officials are askin residents what they think should be done with the theater. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

“Many people have asked about the future of Aurora’s Century 16 theater. We want to know your thoughts,” the question reads. “Please take a few minutes to tell us your thoughts.”

City officials say they’ll share the results with Cinemark, the owner of the theater, after results are compiled. The survey will be open until Aug. 31 and city officials say they’ll pass along results shortly after.

A spokesman for theater owner Cinemark Holdings didn’t immediately return a call. The theater hasn’t reopened since the July 20 shooting.

Former Ph.D. student James Holmes is charged with murder and attempted murder. He is being held without bail.



  • Casual observer

    Did Cinemark ask for this survey? Isn’t the future of the theater’s future Cinemark’s decision? What is the purpose? Is the City of Aurora going to make a recommendation?

  • godsgracelmf

    I am not sure how people will react, personally, I think it has the possibility to be both a memorial to those killed or injured and a movie theater. turn the two theaters involved into the Memorial, remodel and remove traces of bullet holes, etc, in the rest and let them get back to business. it was a popular theater and leaves Aurora without a major theater site if it is closed. Can there be a compromise. Maybe put the memorial in the middle of the location to remind people of those impacted most, the victims and families of victims, and encourage Cinemark to limit what it shows to the public, violent movies beget violence.

  • Mike M

    I am tired of all the moaning and groaning about this tragedy. Yes it was terrible, but it is over and done with except for this lunatics trial. We need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get on with everyday life! That includes going to a movie every now and then or maybe every week. Lets get this theater open and making money again. If someone wants a memorial let it be in the actual theater where the lunatic gunman killed all those people. I have been to that theater complex many times and I want to have it open again, and soon. The sooner we get on with regular life the better we will all feel. Please, City of Aurora Officials, re-open this wonderful facility!

  • concerned cit

    I think the actual theater #9 should be closed and a memorial site be set un in the Lobby or near the theater for people to remember and mourn. I can not understand why people would want to pretend that this event will ever go away. I really do not want to ever go to this theater. Just my opionion.

  • sentinel

    This is private property. Since when does the government have the right to tell a legally run business what they can or cannot do with their own property? The decision belongs to Cinemark.

  • Travelin Monk

    I think the whole theater should be reopened with a plaque to commemorate the shooting outside theater 9.

  • Ted Bell

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  • tr7fan

    leave the place alone they shouldnt have to do anything but show movies and sell snacks