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Extra security for 'Joker' debut in Texoma

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Joaquin Phoenix stars in "Joker." (Warner Bros.) Joaquin Phoenix stars in "Joker." (Warner Bros.)
The Cinemark theater in Sherman does not permit costumed patrons. (KTEN) The Cinemark theater in Sherman does not permit costumed patrons. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The movie "Joker" premiered Thursday, and it has theaters across the country increasing security.

In Sherman, police were asked to add extra personnel for opening weekend of a film that depicts a clown who goes on a killing rampage.

"We have officers who work off-duty up there," Sherman police spokesman Lt. John Kennemer said. "Usually on Fridays, Saturdays -- and sometimes if they have a special event like a late movie or a new premiere that they expect to be a large crowd -- they'll contract us to come up there and provide security for them."

The 2012 mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, theater during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" -- another Batman movie -- has sparked concern about copycat killers.

"We haven't had any threats in our area, but they care for their customers and we care for the citizens," Kennemer said. "We work with them to go there and try to help them any way we can, and hopefully make the citizens feel a little bit better when they go to the show."

Some theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, permit their patrons to come dressed up in costume for a show. But the Cinemark in Sherman prohibits costumed customers for any showings.

Kennemer agrees with the policy.

"We've had people show up in costumes before, and that can put a scare in people, and that's not what we want," he said. "The movies are there for people to come and enjoy, so we want you to come there and have a good time, and so do the businesses."

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