It's become commonplace for hardcore fans of various franchises to visit US theaters in costumes. However, persons planning to get special masks or face paint for the upcoming Joker release would do well to pocket their money as they won't be permitted inside, at least not into the biggest theater chain in the country.
Landmark Theaters, the country's largest independent chain, has decided to prohibit the wearing of costumes, masks or paint. The cinema has placed such restrictions on costumes with masks and toy weapons in the past and, in a statement to Reuters, they have informed that they would love for guests to enjoy the film “but no masks, painted faces or costumes will be permitted into our theaters.”
The chain joins another major chain in AMC, who banned the wearing of face concealment in their theaters after the mass shooting that took place at the screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado in 2012.
The company did not specify the reasons as it pertains to Joker but they are pretty obvious.
AMC, which runs more than 650 cinemas in the US, reminded customers of their policy. Theirs are a little less strict as guests are free to wear costumes but no masks or paint.
“Guests are welcome to come dressed in costume, but we do not permit masks, face paint or any object that conceals the face,” the chain said in a statement.
There's no word yet on whether or not chains such as Regal or Cinemark might change their policies for Joker but it would be no surprise.
The movie is set for launch next week, on October 4, and is quite unusual in the fact that while it's based on a comic book character, it isn't set in the DC Universe and has the look of a normal cinematic drama which would probably be just that if not for the name.
Joaquin Phoenix's performance in the film is already being hailed as Oscar-deserving by insiders but we will all get to see how good he rates by the late, great Heath Ledger's standards soon enough.