By Talia Kaplan
St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - The parking lot was packed and people were pouring into the Esquire Movie Theater in Richmond Heights to check out the latest installment of the "Twilight" franchise, "Breaking Dawn Part 2."
"I'm so excited to see this movie. I can't wait," said Patrice Reed of St. Louis.
But, movie-goers say they have some reservations now thatBlaec Lammers is charged with plotting to open fire in a Bolivar, Missouri Movie Theater.
"It's really scary. I actually have a friend of a friend who was actually shot in the Colorado shooting and I am just really sad to hear that there are people that are that disturbed. I am glad to hear that they caught him and they have been charging him," said Tim Slazinik of St. Louis.
"There is always someone else out there planning for the next bigger event," said Chief Tim Fitch with the St. Louis County Police Department. That's why he says his department is staying one step ahead. He says his goal is to make sure movie-goers are safe, even before this latest arrest.
"The instructions we gave out before last night's opening was to patrol the theater areas more heavily so more police presence in those areas," said Chief Fitch.
Movie theaters are also staying proactive. Many theatres employ police officers and have security on hand to make sure their customers are safe.
The Wehrenberg Theaters are also equipped with security cameras, alarm systems, and panic hold up devices.
Chief Fitch recommends everyone watch the video on the County Policewebsite called "Run, Hide, Fight" to better prepare yourself in case you are confronted by an armed gunman.