Cinemark Invitation Angers Aurora Families

PrintCinemark Century 16 Cinema Complex in Aurora was the location of the horrific shootings on July 20th which claimed the lives of 12 people and 58 were injured at the midnight screening of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

On January 17, 2013 the resurrected and renamed cinema is due to re-open and the theatre chain has invited special guests to attend evening of remembrance followed by a screening. Among these invitation only recipients were the families of the victims. The below letter was published in the DENVER POST (via Deadline where I found it):

“To the Management of Cinemark USA, Inc.:

During the holiday we didn’t think anyone or anything could make our grief worse but you, Cinemark, have managed to do just that by sending us an invitation two days after Christmas inviting us to attend the re-opening of your theater in Aurora where our loved ones were massacred.Thanks for making what is a very difficult holiday season that much more difficult. Timing is everything and yours is awful.

You (Cinemark) has shown, and continues to show, ZERO compassion to the families of the victims whose loved ones were killed in their theater. You, Cinemark, have never once reached out to the families to offer condolences.

This disgusting offer that you’d “like to invite you and a guest to a special evening of remembrance on Thursday, January 17 at 5 PM” followed by the showing of a movie and then telling us to be sure “to reserve our tickets” is wholly offensive to the memory of our loved ones.”