Cinemark on the Plaza movie theater evacuated following phoned-in bomb threat

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police asked movie-goers to step across the street while they investigated a bomb threat at the Plaza Cinemark on Friday night. Officers taped off the area and kept people away from the theater. FOX 4's Katie Banks reports that police said the theater will remain closed through Friday night as the investigation continued.

Police say someone phoned in the threat, and although there is not any evidence yet that it’s credible, they did their due diligence to make sure the theater was safe.

Canines are now sweeping each room – sniffing for any sign of an explosive.

Meanwhile – a lot of movie-goers were confused – saying they were left in the dark about why they had to evacuate.

“The lights came on during our movie. They said this is not a drill, they sent us all into the street, they didn’t tell us what was going on. And they sent us to this side of the street and we have no idea what’s going on,” said Eric Ladage.

“They just told us that they were going to do some stuff and then we could go back in there. But I mean, if they want us to leave, they can just say that,” said Diana Lopez.

Police say they plan to sweep every part of the theater – which has more than a dozen screens.