The title may be misleading a bit, but hopefully it makes you read this anyways. Two theaters — AMC and Cinemark — are not completely banning costumes in theaters, just certain parts of costumes so the event that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be as safe, but as fun as possible for all that are viewing the film.
In recent years, the theater has become a place that requires extra measures to ensure the safety of the viewers thanks to the sick bastards harming and sometimes murdering innocent movie goers for their own sick gain. The most infamous is the wannabe Joker who shot up the theater in Colorado and then the monster who opened fire at a showing of Trainwreck a few months ago this year. It’s a shame that a place like the theater is now in the style of having to up security for large films like this due to maniacs, but better safe than sorry.
Theater chains are limiting what can be warn or brought in during the viewings of Star Wars which are allowing no props (lightsabers or blasters) and nothing covering the audiences faces (masks and make-up) to prevent any trouble. Fair enough.
AMC Theaters made a statement stating:
“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.”
While Cinemark among other chains are stating:
“Star Wars costumes are welcome. However, no face coverings, face paint, or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building.”
If you are going to the openings near you, just keep in mind that you better leave the props at home and get your seats and snacks first because having to go out to your car to put your stuff away may not be in your best interest for this movie going experience.