Theaters Prohibit ‘Joker’ Costumes From Screenings Of Film
The new ‘Joker’ movie has put a lot of people on edge and now, select movie theaters are banning people from dressing in costume at screenings for the movie.
According to TMZ, the Landmark Theatres chain is prohibiting fans from wearing costumes and masks for screenings of the anticipated movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.
The CEO of Landmark, Ted Mundorff released a statement saying, “We are not allowing costumes, face painting or masks by either our employees or guests.”
Landmark operates over 50 theaters in 27 markets in the U.S.
In addition, per the NY Post, Regal said that while no movie “is a cause or a signal for violence,” masks and face paint will be banned, and there will be extra security.
Recently we reported that the Aurora, Colorado theatre where a 2012 mass shooting occurred during a screening of the “Dark Night Rises,” would not be screening the film out of respect for the victim’s loved ones.
The new measurements come from heightened fears that the movie could provoke violence by those who idolize the “Joker.”
Warner Bros. issued a statement in response to fears about the film,
“Gun violence in our society is a critical issue, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all victims and families impacted by these tragedies. Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bi-partisan legislation to address this epidemic. At the same time, Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues. Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero.”