'Star Wars' fans: Keep blasters, helmets home

Posted at 5:22 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 05:22:30-05

CINCINNATI — Heads up, Stormtroopers: Better leave that blaster pistol and helmet at home if you plan to watch “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when the movie premieres in theaters Thursday.

And sorry, wannabe Darth Mauls and Ahsoka Tanos: No face paint is allowed either.

AMC Theatres in Newport recently reissued a reminder about its longstanding costume policy to all fans of the Force who plan to attend the 17-hour marathon of all six previously released “Star Wars” films, which starts at 1 a.m. Thursday, or the premiere at 7 p.m.

AMC’s policy “prohibits masks, face paint, weapons and items that would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience.” The policy does allow "Star Wars" fans to bring lightsabers into the theater, as long as they are turned off when the movie begins.

Cinemark and the locally owned Esquire Theatre group have stricter policies than AMC. Both companies prohibit bringing lightsabers into its theaters, along with masks, face paint and blasters. Cinemark operates theaters in Florence, Oakley Station, Western Hills and Milford. The Esquire operates its main theater in Clifton, along with the Kenwood Theatre, Mariemont Theatre and the Eastgate Brew & View.

Messages were left with Xscape 14 Northgate and the new Cobb Luxury 15 at Liberty Center seeking clarification on their dress codes. Check back here for updates.

Overall, it’s probably a better bet than not to leave the blasters at home.