Theaters Will Not Be Cosplay Friendly For ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

AMC Theaters announced their costume policy for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and cosplayers are not going to be too happy.

AMC does not permit weapons or items that would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience. Guests are welcome to come dressed in costume, but we do not permit masks. In short, bring your lightsaber, turn it off during the movie, and leave the blaster and Darth Vader mask at home.

The Cinemark theater chain has also posted their guidelines for cosplayers.

Star Wars costumes are welcome. However, no face coverings, face paint, or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building.

We have reached out to Regal Cinemas, IMAX, and Carmike Cinemas and are awaiting a response about their costume policy. If you are a theater owner or manager that would like to list your costume policy please email


Back in 2005, the best part of the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith premiere in Chicago at the AMC River East was the giant crowd of cosplayers as every theater was screening the film at midnight. AMC even let everyone go in two hours early and had dollar hot dogs and sodas. The event was such a great party with tons of photo ops with Darth Vader and crew. It’s the sad state of society today that 10-years later theater chains have to worry about a mass shooting instead of planning a great party like AMC held just a short time ago.

Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.