AMC Bans Facemasks, Prop Guns After Batman Movie Shooting

The ban on face-concealing masks and toy weapons is in response to the Colorado massacre during "The Dark Knight Rises" on Friday.

In light of the shooting spree in a Colorado movie theater during the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," the large movie chain AMC Theaters has issued a ban on certain costumes and props on its property.

Previous media reports regarding this action said that the company had completely banned costumes from their theaters. AMC Theaters has recently released a statement clarifying what items they will no longer permit to be worn to their theaters.

"We will not admit guests with face-concealing masks and we will not allow fake weapons in the buildings," said an official announcement on the AMC Theaters Facebook page. "We want all our guests to feel comfortable at our theatres and we will be closely monitoring.

One of the villains in the latest Batman movie wears a partially-concealing face mask, as do many of the heroes in the film.

According to media reports, alleged Colorado gunman James Holmes was wearing a gasmask that hid his face during the massacre. Reports that Holmes had dyed his hair to resemble Batman villain The Joker were not confirmed by Aurora, CO police.

There were no issues reported Thursday by New Lenox police, who helped direct traffic following the premiere at the local


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