Security at cinemas across the world has been increased after the tragic shooting at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Colorado.
12 people have reportedly died in the shooting, in a suburb of Dever called Aurora.
According to CBS News, Police Commissioner Ray made a statement saying: "As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs,"
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter a source from the UK's Cineworld said: "We were already going to increase security for this release, because it is going to be so popular anyway," adding: "But we are working on this even more as a result of this tragedy."
The film is possibly the most hotly anticipated of the year, meaning that it will be vital to cinema's profitability to ensure attendance isn't affected by cinemagoers being too afraid to go to performances of Christopher Nolan's superhero epic.
A police car outside the AMC movie theatre, Times Square. PHOTO: Butterworth/Splashnews