It's the last place most people expect to witness graphic violence -- other than what they're watching on the screen.
"At a movie theater, people are coming to have a good time, relax. Especially in the summertime. Yeah, I'm shocked," said David Kelber.
The horrific episode at a theater in Colorado was on the minds many moviegoers here at home. Reactions ranged from disgust to disbelief.
"Sad and depressing to see the world the way it is right now," Dru Dorcean said.
Still despite the chaotic scene at the midnight release of The Dark Knight Rises, FOX 13 found plenty of folks still moving forward with their plans to see the summer blockbuster. Most agreed this was an isolated incident.
"Pretty certain that's an isolated incident. Been to movies all the time and never had an incident," Tim Machtel said.
Others worried about the potential "what-if's" and would like to see security measures ramped up in busy theaters.
"It is something scary and something that would really make you think twice. I definitely think theaters need to do something with security," Norma Hernandez said.
Theater companies we contacted, including AMC and MUVICO, tell us customer safety is number one, and they're continuing to review their policies and procedures. AMC has already announced it would not allow costumes inside its theaters.
The Tampa Police Department has also pledged to step up patrols around local theaters in an effort to ease any fears.
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