Just as the Mos Eisley cantina bans droids, some movie theater chains are banning lightsabers and masks ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Both the AMC and Cinemark theater chains are banning certain cosplay items and merchandise ahead of the December 18 debut of the film.
Cinemark announced its new stance in posters for the Star Wars film, stating "Star Wars costumes are welcome. However, no face coverings, face paint or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building."
AMC, while allowing lightsabers (as long as they're turned off during the movie), is also banning masks and simulated guns such as blasters.
"AMC does not permit weapons or items that would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience," states AMC on their website. "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."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18.