Local drive-in theatre reminds movie-goers that no costumes will be allowed during ‘The Joker’ movie


HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 28: Joaquin Phoenix attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures “Joker” on September 28, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Bristol, Tenn. (WJHL)- The Twin Cities Drive-In Theatre in Bristol, Tennesee has posted a notice on social media reminding people that costumes will not be allowed for those planning to attend ‘The Joker’ movie.

“It’s just common sense I guess that something like this should be done,” said Twin Cities Drive-In Theatre owner Danny Warden just before Friday nights showing of the movie.

The Facebook post read in part, ” Anyone wearing a costume will not be admitted, and anyone who sneaks a costume in their car and wears it around WILL be asked to leave immediately. We appreciate your cooperation on this.

Warden says “this is the first time this has ever happened on a movie.”

Social media posts discovered by police called for “mass shootings” related to the film. The FBI issues a warning to movie theaters and goers saying to identify escape routes and “run, hide, fight” in an active shooter situation.

“If they figure they can save anybody’s life or prevent a shooting or something like that, then I’m glad that they’ve done it,” said Warden.

The concerns trace back to the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting where a gunman killed 12 people during ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’

Although its common for movie goers to dress up for new releases featuring popular characters- those watching this weekend say they understand the concerns and are happy people are aware.

“It makes me feel a little bit safer and I understand with all the sensitivity. We live in a new world than what it was years ago, you never had to think about things like this. But with the precautions put forward, I think it’s a good step for them to take,” said movie-goer Neil Stout.

The movie is expected to be highly attended throughout the weekend but numbers for Friday night’s showing were down for the drive-in.

“This movie has gotten such negative reviews that I think it’s what really hurt us. People are just afraid that something would happen,” said Twin City Drive-In Theatre Co-Owner Ellen Warden.

Other theatres around the nation are taking precautions as well.

Landmark Theatres, a chain with locations across the U.S., posted on their website the following statement, “We Want All Our Guests to Enjoy Joker for the Cinematic Achievement That It Is. But No Masks, Painted Faces or Costumes Will Be Permitted into our Theatres. Thank you! ”

We reached out to AMC for comment but have not heard a response.

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