BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Moviegoers at the Dietrich Theater on Tioga Street in Tunkhannock had a scare on Monday night as an alarm went off in the middle of a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
The alarm caused people to evacuate the building, and with last Friday’s mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, the Dietrich decided to take no chances and shut down for the evening.
Dietrich Theater executive director Jennifer Jenkins referred to the evacuation of the theater on Monday night as an unfortunate event.
“We’ve been working on our heating and cooling system,” Jenkins said. “And dust was caught in the system causing the alarm to go off.”
Jenkins said a technician was on site on Tuesday looking to resolve the issue.
After the theater was evacuated by the alarm, Jenkins said the theater was closed for the night as a precaution.
“To make sure everyone was happy and safe we sent people home with free movie tickets to use at their convenience,” Jenkins said.
Catie Farnelli, 19, of Dimock, who was at the movie on Monday said that at first people in the theater thought the alarm and blinking lights were a special effect.
“Once everyone realized it was an alarm a few people took the lead and we all left and went out to the curb,” Farnelli said.
While it was frightening for a few seconds, Farnelli said it was easy to tell nothing serious was going on once everyone got outside.
Tunkhannock Borough Police chief William Olszewski said on Tuesday that police were not involved in Monday night’s incident.