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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 9 years ago
Whatever you can say about the Montana, I do know that the restrooms are cleaned and the trash dumped every afternoon! No dead bodies so far!


Eds: Updates with Fort Collins police saying they are not investigating.
Authorities: Body spent days in theater restroom
DAN ELLIOTT,Associated Press


DENVER. (AP) - Family members are waiting for answers about how a 66-year-old Colorado man's body went unnoticed in a locked movie theater restroom for about five days after he died there.

George DeGrazio, of Loveland, died of a heart attack on about Jan. 9, Larimer County Deputy Coroner James MacNaughton said Tuesday.

"It appears he was using the restroom facility and then fell over and died on the floor," MacNaughton said.

The body was found Jan. 14 after theater workers noticed an odor in the restroom and forced their way in, authorities said.

DeGrazio was in a small family restroom that was locked from the inside, said James Meredith, vice president for marketing and communication for Cinemark, which operates the Fort Collins theater where DeGrazio died.

"There's a lot of questions that are unanswered at this time," said DeGrazio's son, Dylan. "I'm disgusted, just so disgusted."

Cinemark released a statement saying it was "deeply troubled" by the death and five employees were placed on leave while the company investigates.

"Cinemark is evaluating its opening and closing procedures to determine how this could have taken place and to ensure that it does not happen again," the statement said.

Police in Loveland didn't immediately return a call. Fort Collins police were not investigating because there was no foul play and the case was a missing-person investigation that originated in Loveland, spokeswoman Rita Davis said.

Jane Viste, a spokeswoman for the Larimer County Health Department, said state rules require restroom trash to be emptied daily. DeGrazio's death would not likely trigger a health department investigation, she said.

Dylan DeGrazio said the family reported his father missing on Jan. 10 after he was last seen the day before. His vehicle was found outside the theater on Jan. 11. Dylan DeGrazio said he didn't personally search for his father because police asked him to leave it to them.

George DeGrazio was a retired art teacher whose wife suffers from severe multiple sclerosis, Dylan DeGrazio said.

The family was waiting Tuesday for a clergy member and a counselor to be present before breaking the news of her husband's death to her.

Dylan DeGrazio, who received a letter of condolence Tuesday from a Cinemark executive, said he felt the company should apologize to the family.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
Of course we should remember that that CO theater was likely part of a "project".
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Posted by David Schott (+17048) 9 years ago
At first I thought you were talking about how clean the Montana Bar restrooms are.
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Posted by Dona Stebbins (+819) 9 years ago
I do remember the old Park Theater restrooms at the bottom of a steep set of stairs. None of us were brave enough to go down there alone, and there was a door just off to the right that NONE of us were brave enough to open. There could have been bodies stacked like cordwood in there, and none the wiser.

The theater manager was a weird old guy, who had nicotine stains all the way up to his wrist, and none of us who worked there as ushers and concession people wanted to be anywhere near him without someone with us. As an adult, you are supposed to dismiss those things as childish fantasies. 'Fraid not- the whole thing still creeps me out!
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 9 years ago
After watching a horror movie, there were three or four of us down in the old Park Theater restrooms (they were actually in the vaults under the sidewalk!) when the manager turned off the lights! WE SCREAMED!!!!
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 9 years ago
The long walk down those stairs... so scary you almost didn't need to go once you reached the bottom.
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Posted by Its Me (+177) 9 years ago
Used those restrooms alot. No bodies found on my watch. When you gotta go, and go and go,... any place will do. Kinda like the enegizer bunny. Just keeps going and going and going....
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Richard, you are stupid.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17318) 9 years ago
Movie theater popcorn is so toxic, there should be a federal law requiring daily checks of the stalls.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
Richard isn't stupid, he has just made a "project" out of the word project...
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 9 years ago
I should probably not tell this story, but once I went into the bathroom at the Montana Theater and found a piece of poo stuck to the wall of the stall at a level about 1 foot higher than the rim of the toilet. Not the back wall, but the side, next to the toilet paper. I'm not talking about a speck, but an entire turd. I have always wondered how it came to be there and felt sorry for whoever had to clean it up. This is not a comment on the general state of the restroom there, but it's always been a mystery to me.
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Posted by Russell Bonine (+246) 9 years ago
Levi, did it have fan blade marks on it??

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Posted by David Schott (+17048) 9 years ago
New sign in the Montana Theatre restroom:

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Posted by DEAN (+97) 9 years ago
I should probably not tell this story, but once I went into the bathroom at the Montana Theater and found a piece of poo stuck to the wall of the stall at a level about 1 foot higher than the rim of the toilet. Not the back wall, but the side, next to the toilet paper. I'm not talking about a speck, but an entire turd. I have always wondered how it came to be there and felt sorry for whoever had to clean it up. This is not a comment on the general state of the restroom there, but it's always been a mystery to me.

If it was between 1960 and 1975 it was proabably me,turds,puke,and piss.thanks everyone for job security those years.NOT!
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