Joker: Theaters Banning Masks, Costumes, Face Paint at Screenings

With fear of copycat violence inspired by the opening of Joker next week, several major movie theater chains have issued statements and clarified security policy for audience members attending screenings at their establishments.

Regal Cinemas has issued a statement that they will be in constant contact with local law enforcement while the U.S. Army had previously notified military personnel to stay alert for potential incel violence linked to characters and their motivations in the film. The notification referenced the mass shooting at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.

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National movie chain AMC Theatres will allow guests to wear costumes but not attend screenings with masks, face paint, weapons of any kind or items that could potentially make other patrons uncomfortable.

"The safety of our guests and associates is AMC’s top priority," explained a spokesperson for AMC in a written statement. "Working with law enforcement, AMC has a number of safety and security protocols in place at all of its theatres. To help ensure that safety, we do not discuss specifics."

Landmark Theatres has gone a step further by banning costumes outright, for guests or employees.

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"We don’t comment on anything to do with operating procedures, but we are not allowing costumes, face painting or masks by either our employees or guests," declared Landmark CEO Ted Mundorff in a statement.

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.

(via TheWrap)

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