Century 16 theater renovation underway in Aurora
AURORA, Colo. — The Century 16 theater in Aurora where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in a horrific shooting July 20th is now getting a new look.
The remodel was announced after the City of Aurora sent out a survey and 70 percent of respondents requested the theater reopen.
It is obvious there will be new signs and lighting on the outside of the building, but calls to the theater company for more details of the remodel were not returned.
The Aurora Sentinel reports plans filed with the city include naming the theaters by letter instead of number. The paper also reports theater 9, where the suspect opened fire, will become one of Cinemark’s “extreme digital cinemas.” It will feature screens that stretch from wall to wall and floor to ceiling.
It is not clear if there is any type of memorial to the shooting victims in the plan.
Misty Benjamin took photos of the theater on Thursday and told us, “It’s weird seeing the shadow of the Century 16 knowing it’s not going to be the same.”
We found commuter Brett Ingram nearby as the “16″ portion of the sign was removed. He told us, “I think it was tragic what happened down there but if it’s good to start over again then that’s what they need to do.”
The president of the theater company said in a letter to the city of Aurora in September he hopes the facility will reopen in the beginning of 2013.