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City of Aurora creates survey on future of 'Dark Knight' shooting theater

The Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colo.
The Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colo.Rick Giase / EPA file

Exactly one month after the mass shooting at the Century movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the city of Aurora posed a question to its Facebook fans: What should happen to the theater next? Would anyone really want to go see a movie at the site of a such a tragedy?

A survey attached to the Facebook post asks respondents: "As Aurora moves forward after the tragedy of July 20, it is our hope that the entire community will participate and benefit from the citywide healing process. Many people have asked about the future of Aurora's Century 16 theater. We want to know your thoughts. Please take a few minutes to tell us your thoughts. These comments will be shared with Cinemark for consideration in their decision making process."

Though the responses given in the survey are private, Facebook users have left a wide range of public comments.

"(C)an't let him win by closing the theater!" posted Robyn Severson. 

Noted Kara Johnsen Emery: "It should be knocked down and built back up from scratch, and not only because of the shooting, but because of the lack of security features and crowd it drew for years. It has always felt like an unsafe place!"

Added Barbara Willis: "Donate it to a non-profit dedicated to peace."

Several comments suggested turning the place into a memorial; one thought having Syfy's "Ghost Hunters" called in to "do their thing" was a good idea. But many seemed to agree with Severson -- that to close down the theater would be to "let" the shooter, James Holmes, "win."

The City of Aurora, Colo., posted later that comments posted to Facebook would also be shared with owner Cinemark Holdings. NBC News reached out to Cinemark; the company had no comment.

The theater has been closed since the July 20 incident, in which 12 people were shot to death and 58 injured.

Tell us what you think in our poll, or over on Facebook.

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