Cinemark plans January events at Aurora theater where James Holmes allegedly killed 12, injured 58

Victims will be allowed to visit on Jan. 15-16

AURORA, Colo. - The Cinemark movie theater where James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others will reopen mid-January and will host a series of special events beforehand for the victims.

According to a letter sent by Cinemark to Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, the Aurora Century 16 Theatre will allow victims and families of victims to visit before it reopens to the general public. The company said they would work with the Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance to make arrangements for Jan. 15 and 16.

The letter said employees will also be able to arrange visits on those days.

On Jan. 17, the company is planning an invitation-only evening. According to the letter, some tickets for that event were sent to the Mayor's office for distribution.

"Enclosed please find tickets to the event for distribution to the community, especially those affected by the tragedy of July 20th and those who have done so much for this community," the letter said.

Cinemark also said they would offer free movies from Jan. 18 through 20 "as part of honoring this special community."

The company announced in September that they planned to reconfigure the theater where the July 20 massacre occurred.

Before the company made that announcement, the city of Aurora collected comments about ideas for the future of the theater. City spokeswoman Lori MacKenzie told 7NEWS that those comments were sent to Cinemark for review.

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