AMC Theaters Ban ‘Star Wars’ Masks Ahead of ‘The Force Awakens’ Release
It’s not uncommon for fans to dress up in costume for movie releases; in fact, it’s sort of expected. But certain theaters are adding restrictions to the “dress code” for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Specifically, they’re saying no masks allowed.
It’s easy to understand why. There have been instances of violence and mass killings in movie theaters before, and AMC is eager to make sure moviegoers feel safe, so no scary masks are allowed. Also banned are “weapons or items that would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience,” according to the AMC website.
“Guests are welcome to come dressed in costume, but we do not permit masks,” the statement continued. “In short, bring your lightsaber, turn it off during the movie, and leave the blaster and Darth Vader mask at home.”
Cinemark may be following suit. The Texas chain placed posters up last month outlining their policy, which asserts that even though “Star Wars costumes are welcome,” there will be no “face coverings, face paint, or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters)” allowed in the building.
Looks like Darth Vader won’t be able to see the new movie.