WICHITA – Warren Theatres owner Bill Warren is pleased with the latest security measure he’s taken at his theaters except for one small glitch.
Warren instituted new measures at his theaters in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri following the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., this summer.
“We had good security, but we just looked it over after Aurora and said, ‘Is there anything we can improve?’
“You do things to make it a lot tougher,” Warren says. “I mean, I spent $100,000 doing this.”
The new system is a custom-designed system on all exit doors that immediately sends texts to the phones of Warren managers and security personnel when the doors are opened.
“So they always know what’s going on in theaters for safety reasons,” Warren says.
He says it’s working well except for at the Palace West theater near Kellogg and Ridge.
“We’re getting texts from escort services,” Warren says. “Can you believe that?”
He says the texts have messages such as “Bubbles is in room number five.”
“I think it’s hilarious,” Warren says. “I’m not sure what some of my off-duty officers are thinking about some of that.”
Warren speculates that the texts are happening because of hotels in the area.
“I’m going to spend another $10,000 to change the frequency on that one theater,” he says.
It’s a lot of money, but Warren says he has to do it.
“Well, it’s better than having Bubbles interfere with our security.”