Star Wars: The Cinema’s Strike Back



With Star Wars The Force Awakens traveling from hyper space and into theaters next month, cinema’s are more concerned than ever. The worry of movie-goers attending screenings with replica lightsabers, and blasters brings about a panic to what types of dangers might occur
One theater chain that is worrying about the dangers during a Star Wars screening is AMC.

AMC Theaters’ released an official statement on their website concerning movie goers. Their costume policy will not permit weapons or other simulated props due to that fact that it would make guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie going experience. Guest are welcome to dress in costumes but masks of any kind will not be permitted under no circumstances.

“Well the lightsabers are weapons even if they are just toys” says Star Wars fan Michael Nedostup. “I know if people brought them to the theater it would be really distracting. People would definitely use their lightsabers during the movie, then arguments are going to start and its going to get really annoying.”

Nedostup also agrees with the no mask policy and brought up the shooting that occurred in a movie theater in Colorado during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” back in 2012.

On July 20th,2012 shooter, James Holmes purchased a ticket to a midnight screening of the Batman movie at the Century Aurora 16 Multiplex Theater in Aurora, Colorado. According to Pix11’s website, Holmes entered the theater and exited through a rear door near the screen.

He had then reemerged eighteen minutes into the film and opened fire on the audience after throwing two cans of tear gas canisters. Police reports described Holme’s as “dressed from head-to-toe in protective gear.” Holme’s was found with an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, and two 40-caliber handguns used at the scene.

Twelve people were killed and seventy were injured. It was due to this event that movie theaters began to hire extra security and forge new rules and regulations to prevent a similar tragedy.

“It’s very reasonable for movie theaters to implement these rules.” York College student Anthony Medina said “The Star Wars franchise is huge so there’s going to be a lot of people watching the new movie”

Medina also went on to say how he would feel uncomfortable sitting next to a person in a mask although it would add to the excitement of the movies release.

“Everyone is entitled to having a good time but there has to be restrictions on these big events. I don’t want to hear on the news about another mass shooting in a movie theater” Medina said.

All movie goers are advised to leave all simulated weapons are suspicious attire at home in order to prevent an unnecessary situation and to allow fans to enjoy their movie going experience.

By jerrythemiah

Junior in college. NYC. 22. Studio Art and Journalism Major.Puerto Rican

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