This was such a good idea!
In an effort to counter the negativity of James Holmes' awful actions inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20, a charity called Take Back The Movies handed out 1,300 FREE tickets to five different theaters in the Greater Denver area on Saturday.
Over 60 volunteers showed up to take part in the inspiring act of goodwill which organizers hoped would "spread a little light" in response to the darkness that Holmes' act of terror cast over the entire nation.
We made a positive difference in the world today.
For the mom who brought her teenage son and his friends to the Arapahoe Crossing theater in Aurora to hand out tickets in memory of their friends who were killed in the shootings on July 20, this was a chance to respond positively to fear and grief. She wept as she told the story of the friends who were shot and the daughter who barely missed going to that same theater herself.
For the woman who had been afraid to go back to the movies after hearing about the shootings, it was the gentle push required to face her fears while strangers encouraged her onward.
For the father with six boys whose smile lit up the room when he heard that they were all going to the movies for free, this was a blessing of unexpected kindness.
For the family who responded cynically at first to the offer of a free ticket, this was a glimpse of something they'd never seen before:
"Do you guys work for the movie theater?"
"Well, who's paying for the tickets?"
"What are you, rich?"
"Nope. A bunch of us wanted to show that there are more good people in the world than bad."
A huge smile. "That's amazing!"
For the 60+ volunteers who showed up, some just showing up at the theaters without even asking beforehand, it was a chance to join together with strangers to bless other strangers, to show love in the face of hate and bravery in the face of violence.
For more than 1300 [sic] people who received the gift of a movie today, it was a chance for the rest of their community to reach out and show them they were loved. Hopefully, it inspired them to pass that love along to others when they left the theater, walking out of the darkness and into the light.
You did good, Denver. You did a lot of good.
Ah! So awesome! Whether we get inspired, tear up, laugh until our stomach's hurt or hide our eyes in terror, movies offer us all kinds of different emotions, but FEAR of going to the theater should never be one of them.
We'd like to thank ALL of the organizers, donators and volunteers involved with Take Back The Movies for helping the citizens of Aurora, Colorado experience joy at the movie theater again.