Residents respond to Irondequoit theater changes

Posted at: 09/20/2013 10:27 PM
Updated at: 09/20/2013 11:34 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Many people were concerned after a fight involving hundreds of people last week. The town and police were concerned too, so they came up with a plan to keep moviegoers safe.

That plan went into effect on Friday. News10NBC wanted wanted to see what people thought of it.

Friday night, police and theater security made sure they had a visible presence here. A number of security guards for the theater taking turns standing near the front entrace.

Along with this increase, the town says the theater has changed its policy so fewer people will be in each theater, especially for violent movies. They will also have open communication between theater and police.

Rene Fogarty says, "It feels better, my daughters friend was here last week and she experienced it when she left. So we talked about it--my daughter and I--being afraid and stuff. But now with the more security it feels better."

"Safety is important, protection is important," says Vonshaye Widelan. "I'm glad they are here."

Friday afternoon, News10NBC spoke with Irondequoit town supervisor Mary Joyce D'Aurizio. We asked her if this increase means taxpayers are paying for police officer overtime. She says no, the department will just re-assign officers to that area when they know a violent movie is showing.