Police Ratchet Up Security At 'Joker' Screenings

Curt Lewis
October 04, 2019 - 7:45 am
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DALLAS (KRLD) - With the movie 'Joker' opening today amid concerns of violent outbursts, police in College Station are among many departments ratcheting up security in theaters.

Police Corporal Garrett Birdwell says they'll be on hand at screenings of the film just to be on the safe side.

No specific threats of violence have been received. But police and theater companies are on edge due to the nature of the movie.

It tells the back-story of Batman's nemesis and trailers and reviews suggest it is steeped in violence and dark themes. It features clowns and clown masks -- so AMC theaters are banning masks during their showings.

Alamo Drafthouse warns parents about rough language and violence. 

Also, the movie will not be screened in the Aurora, Colorado Cinemark where a dozen people were gunned down during a 2012 showing of another Batman movie