If you plan on dressing up as Yoda or Darth Vader to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this weekend, you’re gonna need Jedi mind tricks to get into the theater.
Multiple cinema chains have set strict rules and guidelines for fans hoping to see the film this weekend, implementing rigid security measures so “no other guests feel uncomfortable” or get distracted “from the movie-going experience.”
AMC, for example, encourages guests to come dressed in costume — as long as they can see your face.
“Guests are welcome to come dressed in costume, but we do not permit masks or face paint,” Ryan Noonan, director of Corporate Communications at AMC, told TheWrap. “In short, bring your light-saber, turn it off during the movie, and leave the blaster and Darth Vader mask at home.”
Regal Cinemas is taking matters even further, also outlawing light-sabers and face-obscuring hoods in addition to other weapon-like memorabilia.
“Guests of all ages with masks, props, face paint or weapons are not allowed into Regal Entertainment Group locations,” said Sandra Heinig, director of PR at Regal Entertainment Group. “This includes Light-sabers and face-obscuring hoods.”
Cinemark Theatres will allow “no face coverings, face paint, or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters).”
For those heading to the multiple sellout showings of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” this weekend, Disney is offering additional guidelines. On Disney’s website, they say that costumes should not “drag on the floor, contain sharp, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest.”
At AMC Disney Springs 24 in Florida’s Walt Disney Resort, masks must be carried although they can be worn for photos, and all persons, bags and parcels are subject to search.
The heightened security measures come following a number of deadly movie theater incidents this year: In July, a shooter killed himself after gunning down two during a showing of the movie “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, Louisiana; in August, a man was shot and killed after he attacked moviegoers with pepper spray and a hatchet at a theater in Nashville.
In 2012, James Holmes opened fire during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado. According to multiple witnesses, the shooter was dressed in costume, as were multiple people in the theater.
Carmike Cinemas did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.