By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
The Aurora, Colo., movie theater where 12 people were slain and 58 wounded in July will reopen, the owner has told the city.
In a letter today to Mayor Steve Hogan, Cinemark President and CEO Tim Warner writes it will "be our privilege" to reopen the Century Aurora 16. "We pledge to reconfigure the space and make the theater better than ever."
Warner adds that the company hopes it will be ready "by the beginning of the new year."
The letter was obtained by KUSA-TV, owned by Gannett, USA TODAY's parent. The Denver Post also got the letter.
Warner responded to a Sept. 12 letter from Hogan, who wrote that it is "now time to look forward and plan for the future."
"We believe that we are hearing, and indeed have heard for some time, a collective wish and desire for the theater to reopen," Hogan wrote. "As part of that process, there will certainly be some special circumstances to be addressed," including "visitation by survivors and families of the deceased, discussions surrounding memorials and possible facade modification."
James Holmes, a 24-year-old University of Colorado doctoral program dropout, has been charged with 12 counts of first-degree murder and more than 140 counts of attempted first-degree murder. Prosecutors added 10 more attempted-murder charges Thursday.
The shooting spree occurred July 20 during an opening midnight screening of the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Police in the Denver suburb seized two semiautomatic Glock pistols, a semiautomatic shotgun and a military-style assault rifle with a high-capacity ammunition drum.