Hundreds evacuated out of Sherman Cinemark

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

SHERMAN, TX-Hundreds of worried Texomans poured out of the Sherman Cinemark to find patrol cars, fire trucks and ambulances. Victoria Maranan was there and spoke with some of them as well as with fire officials who explained what happened.
Over 300 people were evacuated out of the Sherman Cinemark Monday as employees reported seeing smoke in the building. While it was a simple electrical issue. moviegoers told us they were shaken especially after Friday's movie theater massacre in Colorado.

At around 2:30 Monday afternoon, 350 people were evacuated out of the Sherman Cinemark and moviegoers said they were expecting the worst, especially after the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

"We thought something was happening. I mean it just totally stopped in the middle of it and then I saw the lights come on and I thought 'oh my god, something's happening' and a fireman came in and said 'we need ya'll to evacuate' and I thought it was something bad because he was dressed like that. I thought 'oh my God something's gonna happen,'" said Cindy Krasniqi, who was watching a movie with her family.

"I was like, does it happen over again? I was really scared but I don't know, it is whatever," said another moviegoe, Cody Thurman.

Cody Thurman said he was worried about going to the movies after the Colorado incident, but he really wanted to see "The Dark Knight Rises".

"I mean yeah, I kept on checking over towards the exit and I was already kinda having an escape route to get out. I know nothing would've but I'm still kinda paranoid but I really wanted to see the movie," he said.

Sherman Fire Chief, Jeff Jones said a Cinemark employee reported seeing smoke coming out of a ladies' restroom with haze visible in one of the theaters. He said with more than 300 people in the theaters, they had to evacuate the building as a precaution.

"No injuries, everyone got out very orderly, calmly. I think the theater provided some rainchecks for them," he said.

Firefighters found the source of the smoke after about an hour of searching: an air conditioning unit on the roof had malfunctioned.

"In large buildings like this, sometimes we find that an air conditioning unit or an air handler unit are something pretty benign, electrical smell or something like that that causes odor," he said.

Cinemark employees handed out vouchers so patrons could finish their movie later, but some have mixed feelings about coming back.

"They said 'well maybe you can get a raincheck' and we're like 'hmmm maybe not, we'll just wait until everything dies down a little bit,'" said Krasniqi.

"Definitely, but I'll still keep on coming back," said Thurman.

Cinemark's maintenance crew will be repairing the AC unit, which only affected a restroom and the theater next to it.

The movie theater is back open and Sherman fire officials said they don't expect any more problems.

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  • by fred Location: durant on Jul 26, 2012 at 09:28 PM
    wow i know i have trouble being in the wrong camera shots at the wrong time, but i made 3 appearance in the background on this story
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      by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM in reply to fred
      Your momma dresses you funny.
  • by Just me Location: Sherman on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
    Now why does it always come around to people passing judgements on others?!? I say that is God's place and his alone if we treated each other with a little more respect and kindness maybe we would see less and less of these horrific acts.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:28 AM in reply to Just me
      Just me, you sound like you are so perfect and never do anything like this! Wrong! Your not perfect and this comment was uncalled for
  • by A Taxpayer on Jul 25, 2012 at 01:15 AM
    Anonymous...didnt you hear the prez today say we needed no change in current gun control laws? He has even made it legal to carry a gun in state parks. Who exactly is trying to take your guns?
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      by Lee on Jul 25, 2012 at 07:13 AM in reply to A Taxpayer
      Mr. taxpayer that would be the UN, brilliant idea, just circumnavigate the const.
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        by Willie on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:03 PM in reply to Lee
        No matter what the NRA or the GOP tell you to try to scare you into believing things that aren't true, the UN cannot, and will not take away anyone's guns in America. It isn't, never has been, and never will be able to make laws in the USA. Only Congress can do that. And no matter what ignorant scare tactics they use on you easily manipulated sheep, that will NEVER happen. There would not even be enough Democrat votes in the House or Senate to pass ANY bill that has anything to do with gun confiscation. Only morons who believe anything their masters tell them would believe something so foolish.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM
    "I mean yeah, I kept on checking over towards the exit and I was already kinda having an escape route to get out. I know nothing would've but I'm still kinda paranoid but I really wanted to see the movie," he said Really??? Come on there is two ways out the way you came in the the exit, and if I am correct and someone correct me if I am wrong but those exit doors do not have a handle on the outside of the doors right?
  • by Frank Location: Sherman on Jul 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    I seen some numbers about guns and in 2010 30,000 people where killed by guns but over 30,000 where killed in cars. I dont see the fat cats in Washington taking are cars away so they make to much on gas tax. My guns are mine and no one will take them away.
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      by jack on Jul 25, 2012 at 07:14 AM in reply to Frank
      I hope so frank but they thought that in every country that lost them..
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      by Willie on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:15 PM in reply to Frank
      “Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts. These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people." - Willard Mitt Romney, when he signed the Massachusetts permanent assult rifle ban in 2004, while he was Governor. . . . Romney signed that ban into law. Obama hasn't even mentioned a ban on assult weapons, much less any kind of "confiscation" of guns. Only a complete kook would imagine that the U.S. Congress would pass any bill that would take our guns. But then there are lots of kooks out there who are dumb enough to let the right wing politicians and people like the NRA or Fox News scare them into believing anything. Jack & Frank are prime examples of that kind of person.
  • by Sherman Mom on Jul 24, 2012 at 01:43 PM
    My two boys and thier two freinds was NOT given a refund since they did not have ticket stubs. The stubs were inside the thearter.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 02:58 PM in reply to Sherman Mom
      Thats not the theaters problem sherman mom
  • by It was like Location: It is whatever on Jul 24, 2012 at 01:33 PM
    "I was like, does it happen over again? I was really scared but I don't know, it is whatever," Was this dude actually quoted or was this a miss-quote? I'm still trying to figure out what he was saying.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM in reply to It was like
      Think he just wanted everyone to see him on TV, it must have been his first time
  • by Bobba Location: Lower Ambrose on Jul 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM
    What's up with Peyton Manning's glasses ?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    I agree with Anonymous.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM
    What a bunch of idiots. hurr hurr I wonts ta go to da mobies but I is skaret that som on might be gon shoot hurr hurr I gon run to da tb cameras now bye.
    • reply
      by Don't like stupid ppl on Jul 25, 2012 at 07:55 AM in reply to
      Hey Anonymous...I think your genius is showing.
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