Police: Stay alert in case an emergency happens at a movie theater

Police: Stay alert in case an emergency happens at a movie theater

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With more and more violent acts taking place at movie theaters across the country, local police want to advise Region 8 residents to stay safe.

Sergeant Lyle Waterworth with the Jonesboro Police Department also works off-duty security at the Malco Hollywood Theater in Jonesboro, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays.

"The Malco has been very proactive in having people there in major times," Waterworth said.

He explained the Malco hires multiple security guards when major premiers are scheduled.

Waterworth said if a violent situation were to occur during the movie, the best thing to do is get out of the building.

He said it's important to plan ahead and look for those emergency exits as soon as you enter the theater.

Waterworth says the key is to always be alert, no matter where you are.

"If you're at the mall, if you're at the movie theater, or if you're anywhere, if you see something out of place, if you see something that doesn't belong, call the police," Waterworth said. "That's why we are there."

He said fortunately Jonesboro has not had any large-scale incidents happen, but security is there to give moviegoers peace of mind.

"We as citizens of Jonesboro and citizens of Northeast Arkansas have to take care of one another, and if we see something, we need to do the things to protect our neighbors," Waterworth said.

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