April 20, 2010 |
It's 7 p.m. on a recent Saturday and every seat in the 294-seat theater inside the AMC 16 Burbank is filled. The crowd isn't there to watch "How to Train Your Dragon" or "Alice in Wonderland," but a not-so-family-friendly kind of entertainment: mixed martial arts. Tonight's feature is a highly anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship face-off between Brazilian jiujitsu black belt Georges St. Pierre from Montreal and cocky English fighter Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. When the action starts and St. Pierre scores his first "takedown," fans leap from their seats, pump their fists in the air and whoop wildly.
July 20, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - The first big gun battle in “The Dark Knight Rises” was underway and Batman fan Eric Hunter heard three pops and saw thick black smoke coming into the theater. Startled, he jumped up but then sat back down, assuming it was a publicity stunt for the movie. Hunter was in Theater 8 at the Century 16 multiplex. Next door in Theater 9, a gunman had just opened fire on the audience. As Hunter recalled the scene Friday morning, he then heard about eight more pops. This was no stunt.
January 13, 2014 |
A man was killed and a woman wounded in a Florida movie theater shooting that erupted during an argument over texting, the Pasco County sheriff's office said. One person has been taken into custody after Monday's incident, according to a spokesman for the sheriff's office. Charges have not been announced. According to authorities, the shooting took place at the Grove 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, Fla. Two couples were sitting near each other, waiting for the 1:20 p.m. showing of the film “Lone Survivor.” One couple got into an argument with the other, who were sitting in front, texting and making noise, officials said.
September 22, 2012 |
DENVER, Colo. - Three people injured in the Aurora theater shootings filed lawsuits Friday against the parent company of the theater, alleging that it failed to protect moviegoers. Two lawsuits, one on behalf of Brandon Axelrod and his wife, Denise Traynom, both of Denver, and one on behalf of Joshua Nowlan of Aurora were filed in U.S. District Court in Denver asking for unspecified damages in excess of $75,000. All three were attending the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” when a gunman opened fire inside the theater not long after the movie began.
January 22, 2014 |
Nicole Oulson said her "whole world just got shattered in a million pieces" after she witnessed her husband, Chad, getting fatally shot for texting at a Florida movie theater last week. The couple was at a matinee showing of "Lone Survivor" at the Cobb Grove 16 cinema in Wesley Chapel, Fla., on Jan. 13 when Chad Oulson, 43, got in a spat with retired police officer Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, over texting, authorities said. Witnesses said an agitated Reeves pulled out a handgun and fired, hitting Chad Oulson in the chest.
October 21, 2012 |
The final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney takes place Monday evening in Boca Raton, Fla., and if the concluding round is anything like the other two, the theatrical presentation of the candidates will be more closely scrutinized and squabbled over than their platforms and positions. To determine the outcome, an army of talking heads will attempt to turn the study of body language, intonation and facial expressions into a science on par with handwriting analysis and horoscopes.
March 14, 2012 |
Ty Cobb is in town for a short homestand, the Detroit Tiger prowling center field at a modest theater across from Joe's Smog Check. Not a big place. Seats about 90, or roughly the number of folks Cobb beat the living spit out of in his long, terror-filled career. With Cobb, to know him is to hate him. Think today's athletes have anger management issues? Think they struggle with impulse control? Bunch of cupcakes. Look at some of the stunts Cobb pulled: - In New York, he confronted a one-armed heckler and nearly stomped the man to death.
December 19, 2010 |
The word "decline" has cast a dark shadow over more than just America's prosperity. The theater has been in a downward slope since the recession, and only those with their head in the sand could overlook the plummeting number of theatrical offerings, the fall off in institutional ambition, the degeneration of book musicals and the eroded ability of the art form to mirror its own contemporary moment. Was there a drama as revealing of the zeitgeist as the film "The Social Network" or as expansively ruminative about what led us to this current hole as Jonathan Franzen's novel "Freedom"?
July 20, 2012 |
On Thursday, Stephen Barton and his friend Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent had pedaled their bikes 80 exhausting miles as part of a cross-country tour. They met up with a friend in Aurora and decided to go to a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. The 12:01 show was sold out. So they went to the 12:05 screening, sitting halfway up in the stadium seating. Ten, maybe 20 minutes passed. On screen, Bruce Wayne and his butler, Alfred, were sharing a solemn moment. Suddenly, something arced across the screen, from right to left.
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January 3, 2010 |
A small, respected East Hollywood theater was reeling Sunday following the slaying of one of its longtime directors. Bennett Bradley, 59, was found stabbed to death about 5:50 p.m. Saturday in his Mid-Wilshire-area apartment, according to Los Angeles police. Detectives believe the apartment was the target of a robbery but said they had few leads. "At this point, we have very little to go on," said Officer Karen Rayner. "We are asking for the public's help." Bradley had worked at the Fountain Theatre for 16 years and had become its public face, producing director Simon Levy said Sunday night.