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Cinemark to reopen Aurora theater shooting site Jan. 17

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AURORA, Colo. — The Century 16 movie theater complex, where one of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history happened, will reopen Jan. 17. Officials with theater owner Cinemark sent a letter with that news to Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.

Cinemark CEO Tim Warner wrote Wednesday the company will host an event for invited guests Thursday, Jan. 17.

See Warner’s letter here.

Tickets for that night will be given to the community, especially those affected by the shooting.

Twelve people were killed and another 58 injured when gunfire broke out during the premiere of the new Batman movie just after midnight on July 20.

Victims and their families will be able to visit the theater on January 15 and 16 prior to the opening.

Cinemark says it will offer a free showing of movies from Jan. 18-20.

The city of Aurora told the Plano, Texas-based Cinemark that a survey of the community showed there was a desire to reopen the complex.

The suspect in the shooting, James Holmes, makes his next court appearance on Dec. 10. The University of Colorado, where Holmes attended medical school, released thousands of pages of documents related to Holmes Wednesday.

Many of the pages were redacted or blank due to privacy laws.