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The premiere screenings for any huge movie have typically had either theatre or movie studio security monitoring for cameras, as well as monitoring exits for stealthier pirates.

At a Thursday evening Denver screening (a benefit one), I've been told that all cellphones had to be secured, and any phone calls must be made outside the theatre, because WB guards were there with detectors to check whether piracy was taking place.

With such an aggressive stance taken that same day at another theater, was there either WB or house security at the Aurora site, when the massacre took place? If so, are they being questioned about what they saw, and is that why we haven't heard from them?

One detail emerges today: No off-duty Aurora police were on-site, but there was an expectation that with this big a premiere, either theatre or movie studio security would have been in place, for either crowd or piracy control. From the Denver Post:

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said in a Friday news conference that there were no on-duty cops providing security for the midnight show.

But other details have not been released, so it's not yet known whether theater security guards were on duty, whether an employee was in the projection booth when the shootings began, or whether any alarms sounded when a man propped open an exit door, stepped outside, put on protective armor, returned to the theater and began firing.

Levinson said the extra security, the employee in the projection booth and the alarm should have been in place.

The midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" was a packed, pop-culture spectacle, not a sleepy Sunday matinee. Enhanced security should have been part of the event, Levinson said.

"When a movie premieres, a studio gives a stipend for additional security," Levinson said.

A call to Cinemark, the Texas company that owns the Century Aurora 16 theater, was not returned by press time

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The unspoken question: The movie industry's security theatre ever since cheap camcorders has been to scare moviegoers out of becoming pirates -- did that stance, on this opening night, ignore a danger once considered unlikely?

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