Steve Lightman the CEO of Malco Theaters, which owns Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale Rogers and Van Buren, said:
"We are shocked and saddened to learn of the horrific event at the Century Theatre in Colorado and express our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families. The film industry is a close-knit community and this tragedy effects us all. Security has always been of major importance to Malco Theatres and we will continue to maintain a strong security presence in all of our locations."
And AMC, which owns Fiesta Square in Fayetteville, issued this statement:
"AMC Theatres is deeply saddened by the Aurora tragedy. Movie going is part of our social fabric and this senseless act shakes us to our core. We're reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons. Local law enforcement agencies, our landlords and their and our local security teams are stepping up nationwide to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our guests. We couldn't be more grateful for their collective support.
"At this time, our show schedules circuit-wide will not change. We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings. If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish. We are taking necessary precautions to ensure our guests who wish to enjoy a movie this weekend can do so with as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances."