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Lightsabers, masks not welcome at NJ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ screenings

A Darth Vader mask at a Target store
A Darth Vader mask at a Target store (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens at theaters in New Jersey and around the country in December, you should leave your lightsaber and Darth Vader mask at home.

Cinemark, which operates theaters in Hazlet and Somerdale, has hung posters in its theaters advertising the movie but announcing that “no face coverings, face paint or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters)” will be allowed in theaters. Costumes, however, are welcome.

AMC has highlighted its policy on costumes in its theaters on the official company website“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.”

AMC, which operates 23 theaters across New Jersey, told the policy has been in effect for several years without complaint.

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Excitement is building toward the Dec. 18 premiere of the film. The latest trailer for the movie has been watched 225 million times across all platforms, according to USA Today and sold $6.5 million worth of tickets for AMC Theaters screenings according to Forbes.

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is moderating a charity Q&A called “Celebrity Nerd Off” with the movie’s director, J.J. Abrams, at the NJPAC in Newark on November 21 to benefit the Montclair Film Festival.

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