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Posted: 06.19.2003
No more tears
Why, oh why, don't more movie theaters offer this option to help keep the 10 p.m. showings kidlet-free?

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Growing up I remember the local theater had a "baby room" in the back corner with about 10 seats, room for strollers and a plexiglass partition. It had its own speaker system so you never heard the noise. I always wondered why people thought of things like that back in the 60-70's and haven't continued the practice now.

¤ ¤ credit: Elfchick | 06.19.03 at 03:46 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

They have Cinebabies up in Canada. I wish they'd open those up in the US! I can't stand when someone takes their kid to the movies because they can't find a babysitter. Worse than the babies are the 8 year olds at HIGHLY adult movies. ::sighs::

¤ ¤ credit: lynda | 06.19.03 at 03:48 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Leanne and I have noticed the on-screen adds for the cinebabies program the last couple of times we've gone to the movies... Wednesdays at noon or something like that at our local Silver City complex. I suspect once our kidlet comes along Leanne'll be catching more flicks than I will :)

¤ ¤ credit: Kyle | 06.19.03 at 03:51 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm all for child-free theaters, restaurants, malls, etc. I hope this catches on...

¤ ¤ credit: Ashley | 06.19.03 at 03:59 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I keep trying to tell people that if we opened up a kids-free movie theater, people would flock to it, even for a higher ticket price. So far I have no investors....

¤ ¤ credit: Kymberlie R. McGuire | 06.19.03 at 04:23 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I've never had trouble with babies in the movies, just with teens and adults who can't control themselves for two hours. I wish I had grown up with other kids in the house so I was used to watching movies with noise all around me and someone kicking my chair. I really can't enjoy going to the theatre at all. I even tried the headphones for the hearing impaired but there was so much static I couldn't hear anything. I can't wait until they perfect the glasses that simulate a big screen experience because the large screen is the only reason I endure the movie theatre.

¤ ¤ credit: Lauri | 06.19.03 at 04:42 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I can't believe there are parents with small kids who can STAY AWAKE until a 10pm show. 9pm is my outer limit these days.

¤ ¤ credit: Kay | 06.19.03 at 05:34 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Honey, can they also do it with senior citizens that refuse to shut-up and assholes with cell phones?

¤ ¤ credit: Aaron | 06.19.03 at 05:38 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I had a pair with a 2-3 year old child sitting next to me during X-Men 2. The kid was scared shitless and it INFURIATED me that the parents would subject their child to watching such violence. He kept telling her how scared he was. I wanted to grab him and carry him out - something they never did, by the way.

I have a 2 year old and I wouldn't dream of carrying her to a crowded theater. It would be hell on her and the other patrons, not including my husband and I.

¤ ¤ credit: Dawn | 06.19.03 at 06:38 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Some day I'm going to own my own cinema and am going to apply fascist rules about talking. In fact, I think I'll offer regular 'silent showings', where it's collectively understood that once the lights go down, no one speaks.

¤ ¤ credit: Darren | 06.19.03 at 07:23 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Ok, I was a SINGLE mother, and I STILL never took my child into a movie theatre for ANYTHING before she was 3 (Lion King), and she's never been to anything OTHER than kid shows since. I can't stand it when I see couples bringing young babies, newborns even, into movies. Sorry, but at $8/person for regular movie tickets, go to a matinee instead, bring your own soda, and get a freakin' babysitter!

¤ ¤ credit: Tracy | 06.19.03 at 08:59 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

That's been happening down here for years now. Friend of mine goes all the time with her mother's group.

¤ ¤ credit: LisaC | 06.19.03 at 09:14 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

It was wail received.

How about a trap door that opens triggered by cell phones ringing? Or one for the young punks who laugh and talk and joke for 20 minutes of the film and then go from theatre to theatre ruining each film.

¤ ¤ credit: ManWithNoDomain | 06.19.03 at 11:57 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

The parkway theater in oakland has tuesday baby nights - all babies 2 and under get in free. The Parkway has beer+wine, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and dessert goodies, and couches instead of chairs. Great place!

¤ ¤ credit: Kurt | 06.20.03 at 02:19 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

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