Theaters putting restrictions on cosplay for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Costumes are still welcome, but some movie theaters are putting a few regulations on the cosplay that will (and won’t) be allowed at screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A promo poster apparently stationed outside a Cinemark theatre notes that, while costumes will be allowed, they will have some regulations in place. Namely: no simulated weapons, face coverings or face paint. No reason is given in the poster for the new rules, but you’d have to imagine they come in the wake of the myriad tragic mass shootings experienced in the U.S. the past few years — with a few of those specifically in movie theaters.

Check out a shot of the sign below:


It’s a shame this is required and could affect the fun of opening night, but until something changes and people stop shooting up movie theaters, you’ll likely see more security and policies like this for the foreseeable future. Which, sure, a big event and hardcore cosplay insanity could certainly be an attractive situation for a criminal. Which, again, is an absolute shame.

No word on which other theaters might be doing similar things, but it stands to reason some other big chains could follow suit. 

Will this affect your plans for opening night?

(Via Cinema Blend)