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Some — not all — Boise-area theaters ban ‘Star Wars’ masks, weapons at ‘The Force Awakens’

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.

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.

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