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Carmike Cinemas – No Guns Allowed

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Here is their response to our inquiry:

“Thank you for your inquiry concerning Carmike’s policy on the possession of firearms within our theatres. The events in Aurora, Colorado have placed a renewed emphasis on safety and emergency protocols at all of our theatre locations. Like many movie exhibitors and other retail businesses, Carmike does not allow weapons of any kind, including firearms, into our theatres, except for weapons carried by law enforcement and other security personnel. This policy was in effect prior the recent events in Colorado and remains our policy going forward.”

Contact them:

Carmike Cinemas, Inc.
1301 First Avenue
P.O. Box 391 (31902-0391)
Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 576-3400


  1. The carmike theater in Johnson city tn has recently joined the no firearms craze, if these people think for one second that a sign will stop someone from doing the unthinkable they are ignorant. The only people that pay attention to these signs are the people who legally carry a firearm and don’t want to lose the privilege of carrying or worse. A sign has never stopped a criminal and never will. BOYCOTT carmike!! There are other theaters that will be more than happy to have your business.


  2. Unfortunately Carmike has now posted the required signage to prevent concealed carry at there Peoria IL location.
    In the past they have had signs posted that they reserve the right to search bags and not to bring guns and knives in but under IL law those signs were just a request not something that a cc licenses holder had to obey by.

    Carmike you have lost another customer!


  3. Dear Carmike Cinema. I have been carrying my 9 mm into your theaters since it has been open season on innocent people. I also carry in every other business i enter. Rest assured that if a crazy person would enter your theater with the intent on harming me or one of my family members i will gladly defend myself and i will also defend your customers and employees. I will gladly start leaving my 9 mm in my car when you start having armed security guards or local police standing guard to protect me, my family, your employees and customers.


  4. Considering going to the North Myrtle Beach theater for the new Star Wars movie in 3D.
    If there is no South Carolina compliant “No Concealable Weapons Allowed” sign, then I see the movie, otherwise I wasted a trip.


    • UPDATE:
      Went to the Noon showing of Star Wars at the Carmike Cinema in Myrtle Beach.
      No signs on the main entrance forbidding concealed carry.
      No metal detectors, no armed security, no searching of women’s purses.
      However, I did leave my gun at home just in case.
      Now that I know I’ll have it with me the next time.
      BTW, that was a very disappointing ending to the movie.


  5. That’s the point of “concealed” carry, no one knows you have the gun until some idiot starts shooting patrons. Given the number of attacks in movie theaters, don’t you think you should remove your “no gun” policy? It just might save YOUR life!
    To tell the truth, I’m never without my firearm, even in your theaters. It hasn’t jumped out shooting anyone yet! But if some fool does start shooting, I will accept thanks for saving your stupid butt


  6. Wait… Did they REALLY say “This policy was in effect prior the recent events in Colorado and remains our policy going forward.”… REALLY?? So, we had this policy, this horrible event occurred and our policy did NOTHING to stop it, but because of this event, we e have renewed our emphasis on safety… And keep the SAME policy??? Oh, it must be so blissful to be a Lin we tall and not have to THINK!



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  11. More people die from hammer attacks than guns also…..


  12. The gunman didnt get the memo………..odd that they NEVER get the memo or follow the guideline you put in place to protect the dead people. Prayers to their families.


  13. Gun free zones are “feel good” zones that don’t do a damn thing towards stopping crime.

    Dumbass move Carmike Cinemas. Wait till you get sued out of existence by the victims and their families for denying people the ability to defend themselves, while not providing any alternate security to protect those people. . .


  14. >>Many flaws with your arguments:

    Actually not since that trend seems to hold nation wide for the most part. . .


  15. Wonder how happy they are going to be now that the dead shooter in Antioch TN disregarded their signs.


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  17. There is one huge flaw in their “thinking”: a killer does NOT respect whether or not firearms are allowed in the theater, and can easily come in and kill anyway… -BUT- If there were a high likelihood that a few patrons could shoot back, that changes things a lot. Look at Arizona: crime is way down because of people (like my former room mates) who carry fire arms almost everywhere they go. Too bad Carmike Cinemas can’t figure that out. At a time when theaters are hemoraging money (it’s been over a decade since I went to a theater), you would think they would try not to alienate even more people. Between this, and them pulling “The Interview”, Carmike Cinemas is DEAD TO ME. They may as well throw in the towel.


    • Couldn’t agree more!


    • Many flaws with your arguments: 1. Arizona crime levels because of people who carry firearms (correlation does not imply causation – there are a number of other factors contributing to low crime rates). 2. “easily come in and kill” is relative – effort to inflict fatal injuries is comparative to the actions and events that occur, the success rate of fatality with a gun wound is calculatively higher than with any other weapon.


      • “The success rate of fatality with a gun wound … higher than any other weapon”

        Mike, more people die from motor vehicle accidents than guns. Should Carmike and other establishments get rid of their parking lots?

        It’s obvious you’re trying to come across with a sense of philosophical reasoning; I’ll reply with the same using the scenario of motor vehicles since this is where more people lose their lives.

        Imagine a self centered evil person looking to lash out on society because they were a loner or picked on (not mentally ill because that is rarely the case with gun violence), and they choose to drive a car down two city streets and plow through two crowds of kids on a field trip.

        On one street, there are no cars allowed, foot traffic only by parent and child. On the other street, cars are allowed but curb side parking only and the parent has to stay with the car running.

        Here comes the lunatic heading for the crowds. Who has the better chance of saving those on the field trip? Those screaming into their phones? Or the soccer mom driving her Chevy Tahoe, colliding into the death mobile before it gets further toward the crowd?

        What side would you want those who you care about to be on?


        • Actually, more people are killed by gun violence in the US than in auto accidents. The trend in auto related deaths has been going down for the last 20 years while the number of deaths caused by gun violence has been going up (over the same period). In 2013 the number of gun related deaths surpassed tragic fatalities for the first time and sadly, has continued.


          • Sorry Bob, you are wrong. Also 30% of all deaths in U.S. are from heart disease literally magnitudes higher death rate than guns…I don’t see Carmike getting rid of buttered popcorn and salt.

      • Mike, WHAT??? Are you serious? The success rate of fatality with a gun is higher… Any other weapon? Than a knife wound to the heart?, or lung? An ace or hammer to the head? A gun df utes 6, or 10, or 15 (or more) rounds… And stops. Tell me just when a knife stabbing into a chest stops… 3 wounds? 35? 167? @ies being an anti gun non thinking liberal hurt? Or is it just a feeling of peace… Like a cow, that eats hay and does its trained…


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