Consolidated, Regal ban masks, weapons from ‘Star Wars’ screenings

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In just a few days, Star Wars fans will get to see the latest installment of the saga: “The Force Awakens.”

Longtime fan Thomas Weeks bought tickets to the movie for Thursday and again for Friday. “Back in ’77, I went about six times with my boys. At that time, they were not even teenagers,” he said.

This time, fans watching at Consolidated Theatres and Regal Cinemas will be allowed to wear costumes, but nothing that covers the face. Masks, face paint, lightsabers and blasters are prohibited.

“Guests of all ages with masks, props, face paint or weapons are not allowed into Regal Entertainment Group locations. This includes Lightsabers and face-obscuring hoods,” according to Chris Newman of Regal Cinemas.

“The movies one through three, I definitely brought my lightsaber to the theater,” said fan Rachael Compton. “We had little bouts in the theater. Obviously that is not something that can happen this year, and it made me a little sad inside as a fan.”

A lot of people have been looking forward to seeing this movie and some fans say they have mixed opinions about not being able to get dressed up.

“I think whatever precautions that can be taken, I think everyone should cooperate and support it,” Richard Young said.

In response to KHON2’s questions about security, Rod Tengan, division manager for Consolidated Theatres, said, “Our policies align with our standard security efforts, and the safety and comfort of our guests in all of our theatres continues to be our priority.”

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