Expect an extra show of force this weekend at movie theaters nationwide for the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Movie theaters are ramping up security and banning some items from theaters. At Cinemark in Valley View, signage alerts Star Wars fans they’ll be permitted to dress in costume, but face coverings, face paint and simulated weapons, including toy lightsabers, won’t be allowed.
Regal Cinemas is also banning lightsabers, but AMC, along with some local theaters including Tower City, Shaker Square and Capital, will allow the toys as long as they’re turned off during the screening.
Many theaters will also search customers’ bags.
Tom Deluca owns the New York-based National Cinema Security, which provides security services to more than 200 theaters nationwide. He said his company will double staffing levels this weekend.
“Extra volume means more potential for trouble,” Deluca said.
For specific information about what is and what is not allowed, contact your movie theater.
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