Were you one of the thousands who bought a ticket and helped shatter pre-sale records for the upcoming “Star Wars: Force Awakens” premiere?
If you are, you should note that if you’re seeing the premiere at a major movie theater chain, the Force might not be as strong with you — that is, if you find the Force to be stronger if you’re dressed up in full Star Wars regalia.
Following the “The Dark Knight Rises” premiere shooting in 2012 as well as a shooting during a screening of “Trainwreck” in Louisiana earlier this year, a number of major theater chains have updated their theater security policies.
These updated policies originally only addressed bag checks, but in anticipation of the number of people with Darth Vader masks, Aayla Secura up-dos, Sith robes and Wookie onesies at the Dec. 18 “Force Awakens” premiere, a number of major theater chains have recently announced stricter guidelines on what people can and cannot wear and bring to theaters.
“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.”
Cinemark and Regal Cinemas have issued similar statements allowing costumes, but prohibiting face paint, masks and props that might be construed as weapons.
Following a “Jabba-sized” amount of inquiry into their own cosplay policies for the premiere, Austin-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse recently clarified what they will and won’t allow for the premiere on their Facebook page:
Unlike many of the major movie theater chains, Alamo Drafthouse said it will allow masks, “blasters” and any and all Yoda-green facepaint.
According to Brandi Fons, an Alamo Drafthouse spokesperson, the Austin-based theater chain is still finalizing its policies and deciding whether or not to include bag checks or not.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure our guests and employees feel safe and comfortable,” reads a reply to one concerned customer’s comment on Facebook.
Wherever you are seeing “Force Awakens,” stay safe and may the force be with you.