Movie goers in East Tennessee may see some increased security at local theaters.
After a gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises near Denver, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more, authorities are taking precautions.
Regal Cinemas say customers should expect stricter controls over costumes in the future.
There are no specific threats, and local agencies are not expecting any copy cat or similar incidents, but they do want to put the public at ease.
The Knoxville Police Department says they will increase patrols around local theaters on Friday.
"Our officers are obviously aware of the situation. They will be monitoring and paying close attention to theaters. We're also talking to theaters and seeing if there is anything they need as well," said Knoxville Police spokesperson, Darrell DeBusk.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office contracts with Regal Cinemas to provide security. Off-duty, uniformed officers work regular shifts at all the local theaters, and they are also increasing security on Friday.
"Not that there are any problems here, we just want to make sure that people feel comfortable. You're supposed to feel comfortable when you come to a movie," said KSCO Detective Aaron Yarnell, who has worked security for Regal for 11 years.