Theaters issue dress code changes for new 'Joker' movie

Updated: October 04, 2019 06:32 PM

Concerns about real-life violence occurring during screenings of the movie 'Joker' is prompting theaters and police departments around the country to adopt additional safety measures. Some movie theater chains say they are even adding security personnel, according to ABC News.

The psychological thriller in the Batman storyline tells the background story of the villain Joker character.


In recent weeks, the FBI and military have learned of unspecified threats of violence surrounding the movie, ABC News reports.

Major movie chains have changed policies where moviegoers are not allowed to wear face paint, costumes or masks for the movie that premiers Friday.

New Vision Theatres, which have a complex in Mounds View, posted online:

"JOKER COSTUME POLICY – The safety and security of our guests and staff is a top priority at New Vision Theatres. We have expanded our costume policy for JOKER. Costumes, masks or face paint, props, weapons of any kind (real or replica) or other items that would interfere with the movie-going experience or cause our guests to feel uncomfortable will not be permitted."

Marcus Theatres decided earlier this week to ban movie goers from bringing large bags into their complexes.

"It's a little more intense than I thought it would be," said Elliott Schofield, St. Anthony Main Theatre manager about the film.

"We went over some of the concerns are, we kind of discussed what to keep an eye out for and how to proceed if something seemed suspicious," said Schofield.

The Minneapolis movie theater discussed how staff would handle the release but decided not to issue a dress code policy for the movie.

The Los Angeles Police Department and NYPD have both announced that officers will have "high visibility" at theaters during screenings of the movie.

Minneapolis Police are not discussing publically if they have plans in place for the movie.

"There's a threat all the time somewhere that would stop you from living so I wouldn't have any problem," said movie goer Crystal Grimshaw.

ABC News contributed to this story

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