Theaters remind moviegoers of costume policies ahead of Star Wars debut
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
"The Last Jedi" hits theaters tonight, and of course, many plan to attend the showings dressed in costume; however, local theaters want to remind viewers of their costume policies.
It has become something of a Star Wars tradition, especially for groups like the 501st Legion.
"Kids come in and they say, 'Holy cow, were you in the real movie?' and 'Are you a real stormtrooper,' and ask, 'Where's Darth Vader, where's Yoda?' There's something about the magic of that that's a lot of fun," said Chris Curtis with the Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion.
These are the nicest guys you'll meet. Not only are they passionate about their costumes and the movies that inspire them, but they also visit sick kids in hospitals, participate in parades and various other community events. This weekend, though, their costumes would be toned down to fit movie theater rules.
"We don't allow masks or any full facial paints," said Cinemark Manager Chelse Benton. "Anything that would keep us or a customer from identifying who you are. No simulated weapons either."
So, leave the blasters and lightsabers at home.
"Especially in Star Wars, most of the weapons were modeled after weapons of the period, so they do look very realistic, so we don't bring those out to be sensitive to what the public and the theater might need," said Curtis.
That doesn't mean you can't have fun. Pick up a brown bathrobe and some karate gear, and you're an instant Jedi. Han Solo is a popular and easy option too.
"You can do a white shirt," Curtis said. "If you're doing from the classic trilogy, you can do a black vest, brown, blue or black pants, and you can pull off a Han Solo. Guys and girls do that all the time."
Princess Leia is also an option for the ladies. There are a lot of limitations if you're trying to be Darth Vader, but there are still plenty of options if you want to dress up for the big event.
May the force be with you.