Movie theatre chains ban lightsabers from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ screenings

Just a few weeks ago, the Internet erupted as Lucasfilm unveiled a new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” poster and trailer, and pre-sales became available to the movie going public.

Enthusiastic fans crashed Fandago in a rush to secure opening-night seats. Many likely have visions of cosplay dancing in their heads. Well, they may have to do so sans the franchise”s most iconic weapon. At least at certain theatre chains.

Cinemark (via THR) has announced that they will not allow lightsabers at their “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” screenings. 

The fine print on the posters advertising December's big release reads:

“Star Wars costumes are welcome. However, no face coverings, face paint or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building.”

Competitor AMC Theatres released a similar statement:

“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 lightsaber, turn it off during the movie, and leave the blaster and Darth Vader mask at home.”

So, it”s possible to cosplay at the latter chain, but sans any weaponry. Both Regal and AMC restricted weaponry as a part of fan cosplay following the tragic 2012 shooting at a “The Dark Knight Rises” screening. 

It”s an understandable policy, certainly, but also stands as a reminder of some loss of innocence. 

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theatres on December 18.