It may be one of the most anticipated premieres of the year, but before anyone dresses up for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," be aware of the new rules being enforced on costumes at movie theaters.
Bow Tie Cinemas, with locations in Connecticut, New York, Virginia and three other states, has signs on its doors that say costumes will be allowed for screenings but that face coverings, face paint, capes, cloaks or simulated weapons like lightsabers and blasters will not be permitted.
At AMC Theaters, masks and face paint are also banned. Moviegoers can bring a lightsaber, but must turn it off during the showing.
Costumes are also welcome at Regal Cinemas, but weapon-like props and masks are not permitted.
"I think it’s just a bunch of nerds coming together and enjoying a film so I think that’s a little overboard actually," said William Colon of Holyoke, Massachusetts.
But with recent movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado, where the suspect did wear a costume, and Lafayette, Louisiana, some feel the precautions are necessary.
"I think that’s a good plan. We are going to leave our blasters at home for sure,” Kristen Burns of West Hartford said. “I don’t think you need props to go see a movie."
Police regularly patrol near movie theaters and will be monitoring the premieres Thursday night. Some moviegoers say the conversation on how to end crime should go beyond costumes.
"I think it’s more important to talk about gun control and gun violence, aside from entertainment," Colon said.