Local theaters increase security for 'Star Wars' opening weekend

Santikos will have more off-duty officers

SAN ANTONIO – Santikos Theaters in San Antonio is expanding security measures ahead of this weekend's release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The Force officially awakens Thursday with large crowds expected to line up early.

Santikos said its extra precautions are designed to keep moviegoers safe.

President of Santikos Art Seago said that extra off-duty officers will be added to their auditoriums, buildings and parking lots.

Just because more officers will be present doesn't mean things will be a bore.

The local chain will allow patrons to come in costume, lightsabers and all.

Those in costume will have to check in with security.

"We are asking that (moviegoers bring) none of the other weapons, because they resemble real weapons," Seago said.

The Santikos website has a full list of what people can and can't bring to the theaters.

Alamo Drafthouse is also increasing security measures and will allow moviegoers to come in costume.

(Click here to see a full size image with the theater's costume rules.)


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