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January 17, 2013

Colorado Theater Reopens 6 Months After Shooting Rampage

by VOA News

A movie theater in the U.S. western state of Colorado where 12 people were killed in a shooting spree nearly six months ago is reopening to the public.

The owners of the 16-theater complex in the town of Aurora will host a private ceremony Thursday for victims and their families, along with police and emergency medical personnel.
 
The theater, which underwent $1 million in renovations, will reopen to the public on Friday.

Some of the victims' families and survivors will not be in attendance at Thursday's ceremony, however, calling the owners' decision to reopen the theater "insensitive."

Some of them have filed lawsuits against the owners, Cinemark Holdings, charging it with failing to provide enough security for the midnight showing of the Hollywood action film The Dark Knight Rises last July.  

Holmes has been charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.