Theaters Putting Strict Restrictions on Fans Wearing Costumes For Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Are you thinking about wearing a Darth Vader or Kylo Ren costume while wielding lightsabers when you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December? If you are, you might want to check if you're local theater is putting restrictions first.
Cinemark seems prejudice against Darth Vader and Maul costumes! pic.twitter.com/z3rtKM2JLJ— Scott Chitwood (@Red5Aggie) October 23, 2015
This tweet reveals a sign at a Cinemark theater warning that, while Star Wars costumes are welcomedat screenings of The Force Awakens, there are some restrictions and limitations. They will not allow moviegoers with costumes that conceal their faces or hide their identity, and no simulated weapons are permitted, so lightsabers, blasters, and replicas of Chewbacca’s trademark crossbow are not allowed.
No specific reason was noted on this sign, but it's probably a direct response to all of the shootings that occured at movie theaters in the U.S. lately. By restricting masks and simulated weapons, there is less chance that a shooter could enter the theater and kill people.
That's good to know that they're putting security measures. As much as I would like to wear a Kylo Ren costume with that awesome crossguard lightsaber, I understand that these restrictions are for the best safety of fans.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in theaters on Dec. 18.