A History of Violence at the Movie Theater: From 1979’s ‘The Warriors’ Gang Showdown to 2015’s Lafayette Tragedy

Thursday’s tragic shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, during a “Trainwreck” screening is far from the first instance of violence at a movie theater. For nearly as long as movie theaters have been in existence, they have occasionally been the setting for shootings, stabbings and riots.

In light of calls for stricter security at theaters and tighter gun regulations, TheWrap takes a look at the history of violent incidents in cinemas.

February 1979: Palm Springs, California,...

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