ArcLight Cinemas to ban props, masks ahead of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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ArcLight Cinemas sent out an email about the theater's safety policies this week, following increased scrutiny of theater safety following attacks in the news in the last several years and a week ahead of a movie predicted to be one of the most popular of all time, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

One of the items specifically mentioned in a Thursday email is that they would not allow props that would be a safety or trip hazard, "including those that are illuminated." So sorry, Star Wars fans — while they weren't mentioned by name, you should probably leave that lightsaber at home.

Here are the items the theater said won't be allowed:

  • Large bags, including backpacks, luggage and large shopping bags
  • Masks
  • Face paint that covers the face
  • Props that would be a safety or fire hazard

The theater also said that all bags that are allowed in would be subject to search. The email also said that the theater has complete discretion when it comes to enforcing these policies.

"We realize these policies may cause some inconvenience during the holiday season, but we thank you for your patience and understanding," the theater said in its email, adding, "We look forward to seeing you at the movies."

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