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Check Out These Costume Rules Before Heading To 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By Kate Shepherd in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 17, 2015 9:14PM

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Have you planned out your costume for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet? Many theater chains around the Chicago area have implemented costume regulations for the screenings. So before you haul out your Darth Vader mask, Princess Leia dress, Stormtrooper gear or lightsaber, you should check out the rules which vary by theater chain:

  • AMC Theaters: Fans are invited to wear costumes, but make sure you leave your mask and blaster at home. Masks, face paint, weapons and items that "would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience" are prohibited, the chain said in a statement.

    "So put on your costume, bring your lightsaber, turn it off during the movie, and leave the blaster, face paint and Darth Vader mask at home," AMC says.

  • Regal Theaters: Costumes are welcome but masks, props, face paint and/or weapons are not. "This includes lightsabers and face-obscuring hoods," Regal said in a statement.
  • Cinemark: Wear your costumes but no face coverings/paint or simulated weapons, including lightsabers/blasters will be allowed in, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
  • Showplace ICON at the Roosevelt Collection: Rejoice: lightsabers and other toy props "that do not look like weapons" are allowed at this fancy South Loop theater, according to NBC5. However, remember to remove your masks and headgear when you enter the theater.
  • Landmark Theatres: Any costumes involving face paint, masks and/or weapons will not be allowed inside any of the chain's theaters, according to ABC2 News.
  • Arclight Cinemas: Costumes shouldn't includes masks, face paint or anything else that covers the face. Props, including those that are illuminated, that would be a safety or a tripping hazard are also banned.

You probably already know this, but expect huge crowds. The movie hasn't opened yet but it's already sold the most tickets ever on Fandango, according to Vanity Fair. That's more tickets than the biggest movie of 2015 so far, Jurassic World, sold during its entire theatrical run.