Movie Theaters Release Policy for Star Wars Movie Release
Over the past several months, fans have been confused, bewildered, and some even outraged over the policy (or lack thereof) that movie theaters have set forth regarding the upcoming Star Wars movie titled “The Force Awakens”.
The movie is destined to be a blockbuster that could rival Titanic or Avatar at the box office. However, the distinguished franchise has given rise to a number of props and costumes that have become iconic over the past five decades. Would theaters allow fans to express themselves at the premiere of the first Star Wars movie in ten years by allowing them to dress as their favorite character and bring in props such as lightsabers and blasters?
“Geeks Speak” wanted to find out. We asked AMC, Cinemark, Regal, Santikos, Alamo Drafthouse, and Carmike theaters what their policy would be.
AMC – 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. This is our standard costume policy all of the time and has been in place for a number of years, applying to all movies.
Alamo Drafthouse – Feel free to cosplay your heart out with masks, helmets, blasters, miniature Death Stars, lightsabers, etc. Our normal rules apply, however — if your cosplay disrupts the film or makes another guest uncomfortable? You’re bantha poodoo. Also, if you’re wearing a full mask and you order an adult beverage, we’ll ask to take a look to make sure you’re of age.
Santikos – Participants are asked to follow “family friendly” guidelines, and costumed guests will be required to check in at designated areas in front of each theater prior to admission. Each location will promote hourly drawings and prizes for registered costumed guests that will range from free popcorn to movies for a year. Guests who choose to participate must arrive at the theater at least 45 minutes prior to ShowTime and will be required to check in and register with theater security at a check in table that will be designated at each location. To gain access in costume, guests must provide a photo ID. In addition to the off duty police officers that are on site during regular operating hours, additional officers will be on patrol throughout the facilities.
We tried contacting the following theaters for over a month, but received no reply to any of our queries.
Carmike – Did not return phone calls or emails.
Cinemark – Did not return phone calls or emails.
Regal – Did not return phone calls or emails.
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