Latest Aurora theater shooting lawsuit names Century 16 owner, Cinemark, and two managers

9 survivors seeking millions of dollars in damages

AURORA, Colo. - The seventh lawsuit filed in the Aurora theater shootings is the first to specifically name employees of Century 16.

Attorneys Marc Bern and Corey Zurbuch are representing nine victims of the Aurora theater shooting who are suing Cinemark, the owner of the Century 16 theater, as well as the general manager and a manager of the theater.

"Not only are we suing for compensatory damages, which will be in the millions, but punitive damages," said Bern.

Bern said that if the victims were to win the lawsuit, Cinemark, and not the two employees specifically named, would be responsible for any damages.

"First and foremost it's about the individuals, the victims. It's about getting them appropriate, proper and adequate compensation and then it's about change, change in the way this theater does business," said Bern.

Bern's New York-based law firm is working with a Boulder law firm to sue Cinemark in state court. The New York firm, Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP, settled claims for more than 10,000 9/11 first responders.

7NEWS obtained a copy of the lawsuit to be heard in Arapahoe County court. The six previous lawsuits against Cinemark have been filed in federal court.

"We believe that we're going to have swifter justice in state court and that our victims will be compensated better in state court than in federal court," said Bern. 

The lawsuit alleges the theater chain posed an unreasonably dangerous risk to customers because it had been the site of shootings, robberies and assaults. The lawsuit does not provide specific examples.  

The earlier federal lawsuits alleged that the theater had information of previous disturbances and criminal activity that had taken place near the theater during the evening hours.

The lawsuits also mention that the theater was known to hire off-duty police officers or added security on Friday and Saturday nights.

The July 20 shooting happened during a midnight showing of "The Dark Night Rises" on a Thursday night.

7NEWS checked for previous violent crimes at or near the theater.

In 2005, a shooting inside the Aurora Mall, as it was known, killed one and injured two.

In 2001, another shooting injured two.



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