In a statement released Friday by AMC Theaters, the theater chain announced that it would not allow patrons attending screenings to wear costumes of any kind.
At this time, our show schedules circuit-wide will not change. We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings. If guests wish to exchange or refund any tickets, we will honor our existing policy and do as our guests wish. We are taking necessary precautions to ensure our guests who wish to enjoy a movie this weekend can do so with as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances.
The banning of costumes comes on the heels of the tragic shooting during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado in which 12 people were killed and 38 injured.
Suspected gunman, James Holmes, 24, reportedly donned a gasmask and SWAT uniform before marching into the packed theater to open fire. Additionally, according to ABC News, Holmes called himself “The Joker.”
So if you plan to cosplay at a screening of the Batman sequel this weekend, please refrain, leave any and all costumes and masks at home, and just enjoy the movie. It’ll make it easier and more relaxed for everyone.
In addition to banning costumes, AMC said it will be upping security measures:
We’re reinforcing our security procedures with our theatre teams, which we cannot discuss in detail for obvious, safety reasons. Local law enforcement agencies, our landlords and their and our local security teams are stepping up nationwide to ensure we provide the safest environment possible for our guests. We couldn’t be more grateful for their collective support.