Movie theater in Colorado set to reopen on Jan. 17 months after shooting


by WHAS11

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 7:01 PM

AURORA, Colo. (WHAS11) -- The Colorado movie theater where a gunman opened fire killing 12 people and hurting dozens of others is preparing to reopen.

It's a sore spot for many of the families who were affected by the shooting.

A letter sent from the theater's owner, Cinemark, to the city of Aurora, Colo. says they will reopen on Jan. 17. Victims and their families will get access two days before if they want.

Some say they'd rather just see the theater torn down, because they can't bear to go back inside.

 “It's hard enough for me to drive passed the theater so to actually go in the theater it's not something I believe me or my family would do,” Eriz Scott, Father of shooting victim, said.

The theater already has a new name, Theater X-D.

Inside, the most significant changes will be in theater nine ---- it will be renamed and redesigned with fewer seats and a larger screen.

Right now there are no plans for a permanent memorial --- where the gunman opened fire during the Dark Knight rises.

Meanwhile, the University of Colorado is releasing nearly 4,000 e-mails that were sent or received by the gunman --- suspect James Holmes.

They reveal Holmes began fantasizing about killing quote "a lot of people" nearly six weeks before the shootings.

It also reports a doctor who was treating him decided against holding him for a 72-hour mental evaluation - because he was in the process of withdrawing from the school.