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Antioch Movie Theater Reopens Following Attack

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Posted at 9:36 PM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:48:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Five days after the Antioch movie theater attack, the Carmike Hickory 8 reopened Monday.

Carmike said, "Mad Max: Fury Road," -- the movie playing in the theater during the attack -- would not be played.

Most of the afternoon, contractors were hard at work inside. Several repair vans were parked outside along with a Metro police car providing security.  One Metro officer stayed inside the theater and another kept an eye on the door.

The theater had been closed since Wednesday's attack when 29-year-old Vincente Montano entered the theater armed with a pellet gun, hatchet, pepper spray and a backpack filled with lighter fluid and a propane canister.

Three moviegoers were injured in the attack. Montano was killed.

People wanting to watch a movie drove past the site all day, thinking the theater was already open.

They said they aren't going to let the attack keep them away from the theater in fear.

"For me, it's a personal thing," said James Robinson. "I don't scare easily. I think it was tragic, but I think it could have been much worse."

Some said the atmosphere inside the theater Monday night was calm and relaxed, and they were happy to see business back to normal.

"That's one of the reasons I wanted to find out what day they were reopening, so I could come back and show my support," said Jason Allen.  "We aren't scared and we are going to support businesses in this area."

The first movie at the Carmike Hickory 8 was scheduled for 6:50 Monday night. Movies will be played on the normal schedule Tuesday.