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Standard security in place at Upstate theaters

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The Regal Hollywood 20 theater is located on Woodruff Road in Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina) The Regal Hollywood 20 theater is located on Woodruff Road in Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

While many may wonder about safety at local movie theaters in the wake of a deadly shooting in Colorado on Friday morning, Upstate law enforcement officers said security will remain unchanged.

FOX Carolina spoke with several local law enforcement agencies to see if additional security would be added after 12 people were shot to death and 38 were injured during a midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO.

At most local theaters, off-duty officers and hired security already patrol many of the Upstate theaters on the weekends.

In Anderson County, Chad McBride said they already have two deputies at each major theater Thursday through Sunday nights, who are hired by the theaters.

In Greenville County, Master Deputy Laura Campbell said they already have deputies hired as security on the weekends at the Regal Hollywood 20 and Cherrydale Cinemas theaters.

In Spartanburg County, Lt. Tony Ivey said local theaters hire uniformed officers as security and have no plans at this time to increase security based upon "one isolated incident that took place several states away."

Greenville police's Media Relations Officer Alia Urps said they were not looking into additional security. Spartanburg Public Safety Captain Regina Nowak said they were not planning anything special either.

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