Movie Theaters Banning ‘Star Wars’ Masks and Lightsabers for ‘The Force Awakens’

     November 2, 2015

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If you’re thinking about showing up to a Star Wars: The Force Awakens screening serving Jedi-lightsaber-Stormtrooper-mask realness, you might want to check to see which theater chain you’re going to. Certain locations, especially those from the third largest theater chain in the U.S., Cinemark, is asking that you keep some of your Star Wars getup at home.

Entertainment Weekly pointed to a photo from a Twitter user. The image revealed a poster posted by Cinemark for Star Wars tickets. It read, in part:

Star Wars costumes are welcome. However, no face coverings, face paint, or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building.


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Image via Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

AMC has a similar policy in terms of costumes. A statement posted to the website above information on Star Wars reads:

AMC does not permit weapons or items that would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience. Guests are welcome to come dressed in costume, but we do not permit masks. In short, bring your lightsaber, turn it off during the movie, and leave the blaster and Darth Vader mask at home.

Whether or not you believe this to be going too far, safety in movie theaters has been an issue since mass shootings have taken place in these confined spaces. Notable instances include the 2012 shooting at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, and the more recent Trainwreck shooting at a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.

This costume policy could become an issue, especially with something like Star Wars that brings out diehard fans. Just look at the Marvel movie marathon hosted in theaters, in which many turned up dressed as their favorite comic book characters to binge on the entire MCU before Avengers: Age of Ultron. Side note, AMC is hosting a similar marathon with Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on December 18th.

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