People gather outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting July 20.(Photo: By Karl Gehring, AP)
AURORA (KUSA) -- The site of the Aurora theater massacre reopens this week. Century 16 invited shooting survivors and victims' families to tour the theater before it officially opens Thursday at 5 p.m.
9NEWS Crime and Justice Reporter Anastasiya Bolton spoke with more than a dozen victims and all but four said they will not be going to the opening.
Many of the families of the 12 who died in the movie theater recently wrote a letter to Cinemark. The letter stated they didn't like how the company dealt with the situation and they will not be attending.
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However, the father of Alex Sullivan, who was killed inside theater 9 while celebrating his 27th birthday, told 9NEWS he will be going back to Century 16 this week.
"We decided we were going to celebrate Alex's life," Tom Sullivan said. "That's what we're going to do. We will be at places Alex would've been."
Tom says this is his community, his movie theater, his city. He's not sure how he'll feel when inside Century 16, but he's going to do what Alex so enjoyed.
"We'll just try to move one step at a time. If I have to take a step back I hope to gain the strength to step forward. If it doesn't work out, we'll try it again. We're going to continue to keep trying, because I think that's what we're supposed to do," Sullivan said.
Jarell Brooks, 19, was shot in the left leg while trying to flee theater 9 and save a woman with 2 children.
"Everyone deals with situations like this in different ways," he said. "I'm personally getting back to going to the movies."
Brooks says he's a survivor. The shooting in theater 9 is not going to stop him from living.
"I don't want it to be something holding me back from moving on," Brooks said.
But as Century 16 opens this week, Brooks says he's not sure if he's ready to go in.
"It just takes time," Brooks said. "It won't be tomorrow, wont' be next week, who knows for sure? I know once I get there it will be the final stage of my recovery."