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Seeing Beyoncé's ‘Renaissance’ film? Here is our list of do’s and don’ts.

The dance party of the summer belonged to Beyoncé and her history-making Renaissance World Tour. Each concert was an extravagant, futuristic spectacle: a resplendent three-hour disco alien-cowboy convention in the year 3000, helmed by a global icon who makes other stars star-struck.

This December, your local cinema belongs to Beyoncé, too, as she brings her Renaissance tour documentary to theaters. “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé” will be released widely Friday, Dec. 1 — though some theaters will have showings Thursday — allowing fans to relive their concert experience or step into Queen Bey’s jubilee for the first time.

Clocking in at 2 hours and 48 minutes, “Renaissance” is more than a concert movie; Beyoncé narrates the making of the tour, and there’s behind-the-scenes footage and candid family moments. (Beyoncé is credited as “director, producer & creative director” of the film.)

Whether you’re a tenured member of the Beyhive or a “House of Chrome” plus-one, here are some tips to help you achieve your most opulent “Renaissance” experience.

Do plan to shell out more

U.S. prices for “Renaissance” start at $22 and could go as high as $32 for premium theater experiences, such as Imax screens or Dolby Cinema. These prices are considerably higher than the average movie ticket (which, according to CNBC, was $11.29 in 2022 for standard formats and $15.92 for premium screens). Plus, with the film clocking in at nearly three hours, you’re probably going to need some snacks.

Don’t expect ‘visuals’

Since the “Renaissance” album dropped in July 2022, the Beyhive has been tapping its feet waiting for music videos to accompany the songs. After all, Beyoncé's ability to marry her music with compelling images has been a hallmark of her career: Her self-titled album, “Lemonade” and “Black Is King” have all been accompanied with highly produced visual albums. So when the “Renaissance” film was announced, fans buzzed about the possibility of seeing some long-awaited music video footage — a.k.a. “visuals” — mixed into the documentary.

Alas, there are none. At least, not in this film.


Do come in your chromed-out best

Dressing to theme has been, well, a theme at the movies this year. (See this summer’s Barbenheimer phenomenon, when audience members came decked out in hot pink, loud prints and, occasionally, a porkpie hat.) The “Renaissance” film may set an even higher bar.

Dubbed by Queen Bey as the “House of Chrome,” the tour was a sumptuous, sterling spectacle, with Beyoncé herself imploring fans to wear their “most fabulous silver fashions” for dates toward the end of the tour: “We’ll surround ourselves in a shimmering human disco ball each night.”

So don’t be afraid to tap into that energy. We’re talking sheer silver mesh and cowboy boots, glittery chaps and high-shine leather, fringe and crystals, and fringe made out of crystals. (If you need a refresher, we have a lookbook from Beyoncé's D.C. dates for inspo.) Or, take a cue from Queen Bey’s dress code from her L.A. film premiere and aim for “cozy opulence.”

As for the looks onstage, you can expect to see costumes designed by Balmain, Mugler, Gucci, Loewe and Beyoncé herself.

Don’t rock that 10-gallon hat

We get it. Beyoncé, a native Houstonite, loves a cowboy moment. But it is still a movie theater, and the people behind and beside you have a film they paid at least $22 to see. Leave the wide-brim “Formation”-era hats and LED belts at home.

Do get loose

Just as with the Taylor Swift’s “Eras” film, movie theaters have relaxed some of their rules to accommodate fans who want to relive a bit of that live concert experience. Alamo Drafthouse described its upcoming screenings as a “joyous celebration of Beyoncé with singing and dancing.” And, according to the New York Times, almost every song performed from the concert is included in the film, including two that were rarely performed on the tour: “All Up in Your Mind” and “Thique.” So if you want to boogie down a bit in your seat — or see how high you can get when “Love on Top” comes on — this may be your moment.

Don’t get carried away

But you need to read the room. After all, not every Swiftie (or Swiftie plus-one) appreciated the concert vibe, with fans reportedly singing so loudly that other moviegoers said they couldn’t hear Swift herself.

And unlike “Eras,” the “Renaissance” film won’t just focus on the action onstage. As with “Homecoming,” Beyoncé's 2019 concert film, “Renaissance” splices Bey’s concert performances with voice-overs and behind-the-scenes vignettes. This includes segments on the 42-year-old pop star’s knee injury, her late Uncle Johnny (whose name became a popular refrain on “Heated”) and a blink-and-you’ll-might-miss-it scene of Beyoncé reuniting with Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson in Houston.

Do snag your merch early

If you score a ticket for opening weekend, you may be first in line to get some limited-edition merch. AMC, the film’s distributor, is offering a free mini “Renaissance” poster to all opening-weekend attendees while supplies last — and during the “Eras” film run, supplies certainly did not last. So whether you want a collectible cup, a popcorn bucket or some other shiny Beyoncé bauble (Alamo Drafthouse has teased an exclusive “concert kit” for moviegoers), try to get there early.

Don’t disrespect the ‘mute’ challenge

If you’re in a particularly rowdy screening, you can probably expect to relive the “mute” challenge, one of the tour’s most viral moments on social media.

The bit comes during Beyoncé's performance of “Energy,” after she sings: “Look around, everybody on mute.” Everyone onstage, including Beyoncé, stops moving and goes silent for a few beats, as does the crowd. When done right, you could hear a pin drop — a quietly thrilling moment in a sea of 50,000-plus fans. The cheering isn’t supposed to start until Beyoncé picks up the song again.

It’s pretty simple to play along. Just don’t let your intrusive thoughts win.

Do cheer for Blue Ivy

Blue Ivy’s guest performances were a highlight of the tour, and you can expect the 11-year-old to steal some scenes in the film as well.

Both Jay-Z (Blue Ivy’s dad) and Tina Knowles (Blue Ivy’s grandmother) have shared the origin story of these performances recently: Blue Ivy wanted to dance onstage, Beyoncé shot it down, Blue Ivy persisted, Beyoncé relented. But the film offers a look at these moments through Beyoncé's eyes — her doubts and her pride as her daughter commits to proving herself onstage — as well as candid moments, the kind that help bring a singular superstar back down to earth.