AURORA, Colo. - The Aurora movie theater where 12 people were killed and 70 others were wounded last July is reopening this week.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, victims and their families will be allowed to tour the complex, now known as Century Aurora.
On Thursday, the complex will officially reopen during an event billed as an evening of remembrance with speeches from state and local officials.
Cinemark, the theater owners, said Theater 9 would be reconfigured before the opening.
According to the Denver Post, the city of Aurora expects to distribute nearly 2,000 tickets to victims, emergency responders and hospital workers.
The group of survivors and victims' family members calling itself "The Families of the Aurora Cinemark Theatre Massacre" said the invitation that arrived during the Christmas holidays was insensitive.
"During the holiday we didn’t think anyone or anything could make our grief worse," the group wrote in a letter. "But you, Cinemark, have managed to do just that by sending us an invitation two days after Christmas inviting us to attend the re-opening of your theater in Aurora where our loved ones were massacred."
However, the father of victim Alex Sullivan said he will be there because his son would want him to be.