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CHARLESTON, West Virginia -

A deadly incident at a night club in Brazil is prompting a conversation locally about what to do if you are in a crowded public place during an emergency.

Park Place Cinemas in Charleston has an elaborate plan for what to do if there is ever a fire at the building. Each room in the theater is equipped with signs that indicate the exits. There is also an automatic system that shuts off the movie, turns down the audio and turns on the house lights when the fire alarm is activated.

There are also flashing lights that can help guide people to the exits.

Devon Creasy and his friend, Jamarr Jackson, were at the theater Monday watching a movie. They said when they bring their children with them to the theater, they always tell them to stay close if there is an emergency.

"I always tell them to hang on to me and stay close to me because you just never know what may happen at any moment," Jackson said.

Theater employees also get specific training on how to keep a crowd calm during a fire or other emergency.