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The theater: Not always a magical refuge from reality

The theater: Not always a magical refuge from reality

WASHINGTON — Jalen Fernell was settling into the opening scene of "Southpaw" when he heard the shots, so faint he thought they were part of the soundtrack. Tanya Clark was standing in line at the concession stand, ordering slushies to drink during "Magic Mike XXL" when the screams and sirens began. "I thought it was just a joke," her 17-year-old son, Robert Martinez, told The New York Times. But then a woman hobbled through the cinema lobby, her leg dripping blood. And inside ill-fated theater 14, the epicenter of the mayhem, movie-goers were 20 minutes into the romantic comedy "Trainwreck" when gunshots — louder than any sound system...

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