Theaters Banning Costumes/Face Paint For ‘Joker’ Movie

If you’re looking to dress up as your favorite Batman villain next weekend, you may need to double-check which theater you’re going to. Landmark Theatres has confirmed they are banning costumes, face painting and masks when the new “Joker” movie hits screens.

Controversy has surrounded the movie ahead of its Oct. 4 premiere as many, especially families of mass shooting victims, are concerned it could incite violence.

The costume ban at Landmark Theatres comes as worries arose about the movie’s message concerning mental illness and violence.

Two theaters in Dallas, The Magnolia and Inwood Theatre, are both operated by Landmark Theatres. The other Texas location is the River Oaks Theatre in Houston.

In a statement to CBS 11 News, Landmark Theatres would only say, “We don’t comment on anything to do with operating procedures, but we are not allowing costumes, face painting or masks by either our employees or guests.”

One military division has already warned law enforcement about the potential for violence during the screenings of “Joker” after extremists posts were apparently sent through social media.

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