Theaters are creating strict restrictions on cosplay fans for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Were you considering wearing a Darth Vader costume and bringing your Darth Maul lightsaber to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie release this December? If you are, you probably want to double check with your local movie theater first. With the increase in the number of movie theater shootings, movie theaters are taking extra precautions to protect the fans and moviegoers.
This tweet shows a sign at a Cinemark theater warning that, while Star Wars costumes are welcomed by the theater, Cinemark is placing restrictions on the type of costumes Star Wars fans are able to wear. In fact, Cinemark revealed that they will not allow audience members with costumes that cover their faces or hide their identity, and there will also be ban against simulated weapons, ranging from blasters to even lightsabers. While there is no specific reason cited on the sign, this is probably a direct response to the increase in movie theater shootings in the past five years. Especially, after the Lafayette shooting which left three people dead and seven people injured after a gunman opened fire at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana. Regardless, fans are pretty upset about the new movie restrictions with many people taking to Twitter to voice their frustration.
Cinemark seems prejudice against Darth Vader and Maul costumes! pic.twitter.com/z3rtKM2JLJ
Scott Chitwood (@Red5Aggie) October 23, 2015
@Red5Aggie Has there been a mass killing with a lightsaber involved that I've never heard about? Like why are those even banned? Antonio De Medeiros (@thelonelydalek) October 27, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was co-written and directed by JJ Abrams and takes place 30 years after Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, when the rebels crushed the Galactic Empire. While audiences will see some of their favorite actors return to their iconic roles, a new wave of villains and heroes are expected to appear in the new feature film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens features Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyongo, Gwendoline Christie and Pip Anderson.