DENVER (Reuters) – The Landmark Theaters chain said on Thursday it will ban moviegoers from wearing costumes or masks during screenings of the film “Joker” following concerns by families involved in a 2012 mass shooting during a Batman film in Colorado.
The Los Angeles-based chain, which operates 52 theaters in 27 markets, said it wants its customers to enjoy the film as a “cinematic achievement.”
“But no masks, painted faces or costumes will be permitted into our theaters,” the company said in a written statement provided to Reuters.
Landmark did not give a reason for the ban.
However, the move follows a letter from the families of some of the victims of a shooting at a 2012 showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, to Warner Bros., the studio behind the “Joker,” expressing their concerns about the movie.
The film depicts the mental breakdown of the Joker character, the nemesis of Batman in various movie, television and comic book…
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