Tennessee movie theater reopens five days after attack
ANTIOCH, Tenn. (CNN) – Business is getting back to normal five days after an attack at an Antioch movie theater.
Carmike Hickory 8 has been closed since Wednesday when police say Vincente Montano came into the theater with a hatchet and an Airsoft gun and attacked several people. Police later shot and killed him.
The first movie since the attack will be shown Monday evening. The theater has hired a Metro officer to handle security.
After police cleared the crime scene, some of the first people inside the theater were cleaning crews.
“A little eerie. That’s a good way to say it,” said Jon Cornelius with Resolution Plus. “It was a little crazy thinking about what went down.”
Cornelius has been in the repair business for 20 years, but said he has never handled a clean-up like this.
What happened at the Antioch theater has caused some changes to theaters across the state.
Regal Theaters have posted notes at the box office saying their concern for customers is their top priority. Both Regal and Malco theaters are having security officials check bags as tickets are torn.
The Belcourt Theatre had asked for all large backpacks and bags to be left in cars, but they are now allowed inside the theater. A Belcourt spokesperson said the move was a brief decision made just after the shooting.