We know how obsessive Star Wars fans can be -- so much so that they would often dress up as their favorite Star Wars character during certain occasions like a comic-con or a premiere. T
his sort of behavior is exactly what certain theater owners are worried about, especially since hordes of Warsies are expected to troop in large numbers to the cinemas to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Of course, there is a good reason behind restricting costumes. Theater chains are not deliberately stepping in on the fun of the event just for the heck of it. In light of the recent chain of terrorist attacks perpetrated by ISIS, as well as the reminder of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, theater chains have seen fit to place restrictions on what fans can wear.
Bow Tie, the United States' eighth largest operator of cinemas, have banned fans from wearing face paint, banishing masks, cloaks, capes, and, of course, blasters, as well as other forms of simulated weapons, including toy light sabers. Major theater chain AMC has issued fewer restrictions but has totally banned anyone who comes in as a Storm Trooper. “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 light saber, turn it off during the movie, and leave the blaster and Darth Vader mask at home,” AMC said in a statement.
The restrictions make a lot of sense after all; besides, what's important is that everyone gets to enjoy the movie while both feeling and being safe.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered in the United States on December 18.