Police search Apple Valley movie theater after bomb threat
‘Nonspecific threat’ phoned in to Georgia-based theater chain’s corporate office
Police searched Carmike Cinemas in Apple Valley the morning of Friday, Aug. 17, after a bomb threat was phoned in to the theater chain’s corporate office in Georgia.
The threat, left by a person identifying himself as a theater vendor, was aimed at all Carmike Cinemas theaters showing “The Expendables 2.”
Management at the Apple Valley movie complex at 15630 Cedar Ave. contacted police to report the threat.
“It was a nonspecific threat, but they felt it was credible enough that for the safety of their patrons they wanted their facilities checked,” said Apple Valley police Capt. Michael Marben.
A total of eight Apple Valley officers conducted the search, which lasted about an hour.
Nothing suspicious was found, Marben said, and the case was cleared.
The morning search was conducted before the Apple Valley theater had opened for the day.
Similar searches were conducted by law enforcement agencies nationwide after the bomb threat was made, as Carmike Cinemas has 236 theaters in 35 states.
An “all clear” has been issued for movie theaters across the nation owned by Carmike.
“All theatres affected by the threat have been checked and deemed safe for use,” Carmike officials said in a statement.