DENVER (Reuters) – The Landmark Theaters chain will ban costumes and masks for moviegoers throughout screenings of the movie “Joker”, it stated on Thursday, following considerations expressed by households concerned in a 2012 mass capturing throughout a Batman movie in Colorado.
The Los Angeles-based chain, which runs 52 theaters in 27 markets, stated it wished prospects to benefit from the movie as a “cinematic achievement.”
“However no masks, painted faces or costumes shall be permitted into our theaters,” it stated in a press release to Reuters.
The movie opens in theaters on Oct. four.
Landmark joins the nation’s largest film chain, Kansas-based AMC Theatres, which has banned masks in theatres for the reason that Colorado bloodbath that killed a dozen and wounded scores, and re-affirmed that ban.
AMC, which runs greater than 650 cinemas, reminded prospects this week that whereas it allowed costumes, it didn’t enable masks.
“Visitors are welcome to return wearing costume, however we don’t allow masks, face paint or any object that conceals the face,” it stated in a press release broadly reported within the media, together with Selection.
Landmark didn’t give a purpose for its ban.
Nevertheless it follows a letter from the households of some victims of the capturing at a 2012 exhibiting of the Batman film, “The Darkish Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, to Warner Bros., the studio behind the “Joker,” expressing concern.
A few of these on the midnight screening within the packed Aurora theater had been sporting costumes. The mass capturing on the Century 16 Theater multiplex owned by Cinemark USA Inc killed 12 and wounded 70.
The gunman, James Holmes, is serving a number of life sentences after being convicted of mass homicide, regardless of pleading not responsible by purpose of madness.
The brand new movie depicts the psychological breakdown of the Joker character, the nemesis of Batman in varied film, tv and comedian ebook diversifications, that results in violence.
The households’ letter additionally urged Warner Bros. to finish political contributions to candidates who take cash from the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation and to fund gun violence intervention applications.
In response, Warner Bros. issued a press release of sympathy for the victims and their households, Leisure Weekly stated.
“Our firm has an extended historical past of donating to victims of violence, together with Aurora, and in current weeks, our mum or dad firm joined different enterprise leaders to name on policymakers to enact bipartisan laws to handle this epidemic,” Warner Bros. stated, media reported.
However the film doesn’t endorse real-world violence and doesn’t maintain up the Batman villian as a hero, it added.
Los Angeles police goal to step up visibility through the movie’s opening weekend.
“The Los Angeles Police Division is conscious of public considerations and the historic significance related to the premiere of the Joker,” it stated in a press release to Reuters.
“Whereas there are not any credible threats within the Los Angeles space, the division will preserve excessive visibility round film theaters when it opens.”
Aurora police have stated Cinemark won’t display screen “Joker” on the Colorado multiplex, the place they proceed to offer enhanced safety.
“We acknowledge this launch might trigger concern for the households, mates, first responders and past,” police stated in a press release on Wednesday.
Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver, and extra reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Modifying by Dan Whitcomb and Christian Schmollinger