Renovated Aurora movie theater reopens to victims of mass shooting Tuesday

Victims and their families can see the changes

AURORA, Colo. - Victims of the Aurora theater shooting and their families can tour the renovated facility Tuesday and Wednesday.

The official reopening event, being called an evening of remembrance, is scheduled to be held Thursday, Jan. 17.

The Denver Post reports the city of Aurora expects to distribute nearly 2,000 tickets to victims, emergency responders and hospital workers.

The group calling itself 'The Families of the Aurora Cinemark Theatre Massacre' rejected the invitation.

Plans reveal many of the changes made to the movie theater where 12 people were killed and dozens were injured in the shooting July 20, 2012.

The Century 16 theater is now called Century Aurora, and has a new sign.  The theaters will now be labeled with letters instead of numbers.

Theater 9 is being replaced with an XD theater with 354 seats and a new screen.

Theater 8, where three people were also injured during the shooting, was remodeled to hold 381 seats.

Each of the other theaters were also given cosmetic upgrades, including new handrails, seats, and wall carpeting.

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