AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The Century Aurora theater reopened to shooting survivors and victims’ families with a special remembrance ceremony on Thursday evening. The theater is showing free movies to the public over the weekend.

A gunman stormed Theater 9 in what was then the Century 16 Theater in Aurora on July 20, 2012 and shot and killed 12 people and left 58 others injured during a midnight showing of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.”

James Holmes has been charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder.

Thursday evening the theater’s owner, Cinemark, planned a remembrance ceremony which will be attended by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and the CEO of Cinemark.

The theater will offer free admission to the movies this weekend, Friday through Sunday, and will permanently reopen on Jan. 25.


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