Star Wars: The Force Awakens - theaters cap cosplay options

Bad news, cosplayers. Some theaters are putting restrictions on what kind of costumes you can wear during showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Whether your costume plans are dashed will depend on how elaborate your getup is and where you're planning to see the movie, but if it involves things like face masks and fake weapons, you're probably going to be one of the unlucky fans affected.

As you probably know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets are available to buy now (and they're going fast); some buyers are reporting a side dish of restrictions coming with the ticket sales, including notices that certain costumes will not be allowed.

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Images of Cinemark movie posters, for example, are cropping up on Twitter with the following notice: "Star Wars costumes are welcome. However, no face coverings, face paint, or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building." This rules out things like Darth Vader costumes, at least if it includes a helmet.

Reportedly, AMC is also saying no to costumes that involve helmets and blasters, but lightsabers are okay. While disappointing, the likely cause of it is an obvious — and sad — one. The Aurora theater shooting and other mass shootings in the U.S. have resulted in tighter security across the nation, and things like realistic-looking toy guns and hidden faces in giant crowds make it harder to keep everyone safe.