Put down your lightsaber, Boise. Maybe leave the Yoda mask at home.
Treasure Valley movie theaters are enacting differing policies regarding costumes allowed at the much-anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Nationally, chains including AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas say costumes are fine, but they are asking fans not to wear masks or bring weapon-like props. Regal owns Edwards multiplexes in the Treasure Valley, so don’t be surprised if you encounter that policy there. Village Cinema in Meridian will take the same stance: cosplay is fine, but no masks or prop weapons.
On the other hand, Majestic Cinemas in Meridian plans to allow masks and weapon-style props unless someone’s truly out of line. “We’re going to see a lot of Darth Vaders and a lot of Yodas tonight,” owner Ray Hallett said.
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The tighter security, according to The Miami Herald, “is partially a result of the ongoing spate of mass shootings in public spaces, including the attack inside an Aurora, Colorado, theater during a screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 2012 and, more recently, a shooting at a facility serving the disabled in San Bernardino, California.”
It’s understandable. That said, I’d like to see a theater employee try to argue with Chewbacca for bringing his Bowcaster.