Aurora Century 16 Theater…
“When a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane in another part of the world.”
During the warm summer night of July 20, 2012, Aurora, Colorado was the scene of the most horrific crime in its city’s history. The details of the Aurora Theater Shooting are well known.
Fortunately, I was not in the theater that night, though I had been on many other occasions. The last time I was there was just a few weeks before that unforgettable night. At that time, I had my one and only panic attack ever. Inexplicably, I kept staring at the exit door to the right of the screen in Theater 9 with a terror I had never experienced before – or since. I kept telling everyone to “Keep an eye on the exit door on the right.” They laughed, yet during the whole movie, I never took my eyes off of that exit door.
When the movie was over, I literally ran from the theater, struggling to breathe, grateful to be away from the hellish terror I had been experiencing. Once outside, I recovered quickly and couldn’t have felt more foolish. That’s when I laughed, too.
Immediately after July 20, 2012, everyone remembered how terrified I had been in that same theater only weeks before. They remembered how I kept telling them to keep an eye on THAT exit door. They remembered …. and they weren’t laughing.
I’ve read that all of life is connected energetically, like one big power grid. I don’t know if it’s true or not. I only know that I’ve never experienced such terror in my life as I did the last time I was in Theater 9 at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora. I was not there the night of July 20, 2012, yet somehow, I think I experienced just a tiny fraction of the terror that was to occur in that same place just a few short weeks later. And if so, all I can say is God bless the victims of that terrifying night.
The Century 16 Theater was remodeled and reopened just six months later. The original Century 16 sign was taken down and a new sign has replaced it.
To look at it now, no one would ever know that such darkness and terror stalked that theater one horrible night not so long ago.
Life goes on, yet I, for one, have seen my last movie at the Century Theater of Aurora.