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Two Theater Chains Ban Masks And Face Paint At Joker Screenings

(AP) – Two movie theater chains are banning masks and face paint at screenings of the new movie “Joker.” The origin story of the Batman villain opens nationwide October 4th. Landmark Theatres owns 52 theaters across the country, and has released a “Joker” policy on their ticket purchase websites that states, “We want all our guests to enjoy the Joker,” but “no masks, painted faces or costumes will be permitted into our theatres.”

The nation’s largest chain, AMC, has released a statement saying guests are welcome to come dressed in a costume, but they do not permit masks, face paint or any object that conceals the face.

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is getting critical acclaim, but is also raising concerns that it may inspire violence like the Colorado theater shooting in 2012.