MERGED THREAD: New commercial-theater policies re small children.

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  1. Rob Gardiner

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    The Brattle Theater a few blocks from me has a weekly "New Mom" show, usually Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.
     
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    Yeah, we've had this for at least a year now... they call it "Movies for Mommies" and "Cinebabies" up here.

    I wish they had "Movies for Quiet People Who Turn Off Their Cell Phones" showings too. [​IMG] I'd easily pay more $$ for a little peace of mind.
     
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    This only works if they ban young kids from all other shows. Otherwise, you just get the 5% of the considerate parents at the special screening, while the other 95% obnoxiously attend the regular shows as usual.
     
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    They really need to enforce the age rules for the movies. I saw children at T3 and they made noise.
     
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    Still 5% less though, right? Certainly can't hurt anything, I don't see how this is anything but positive unless you're in desperate need to see the early morning show at your local multiplex.
     
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    The considerate parents that will attend the special screenings are normally the ones you would not mind in the regular screenings[​IMG] . Has anyone thought about a theater which requires a membership?

    james (still wating to see The Two Towers[​IMG])
     
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    http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/200...=home&SEC=news

    After living in Kansas City for the last 4 years, my favorite theater has finally implemented a "no children under 6" policy. Also, children under 16 are not allowed unless attended by their parent. This is a really nice theater too. Just about a mile from my house and it's a beautiful theater. Only problem is I'm moving to South Carolina in 3 days. [​IMG]

    I've had more movies ruined for me because of children crying, yelling, stomping, talking, you name it. I especially like the "no unattended children under 16" rule. No more rowdy kids ruining the movie.

    Oh well, just wish they would have done this sooner so I could have enjoyed it.
     
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    http://www.salon.com/mwt/wire/2003/0...ids/index.html

    They've been talking about this in the local papers for a while, but it's good to see the national wires are picking it up. Local cinemas here in Kansas City are playing with the idea of banning children.. and catering to an adult audience. The idea is: the Theater is NOT a babysitter.
     
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    I don't know if I like the idea of the theater refusing to show G or PG rated films. Not every movie geared towards adults is rated R.

    But other than that, it would be nice to know there's a multiplex out there where you won't have to deal with crying babies and little kids who won't shut the hell up. I know I would've found The Hulk a lot more bearable had I not been listening to a running commentary by a kid sitting right behind me the entire time.
     
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    Interesting article. I went to the Cinemark website and checked the showtimes for this theater, and what was interesting to find was that all of the scheduled films were mainstream, despite their claim they were trying to show smaller and foreign films.

    As long as they're making money from this (considering that teens make up a lot of the cash for tickets these days) I don't see a problem with it...and I'm sure that there's another theater nearby that DOES allow children.

    Also, from the pictures I saw, it looks like a really nice place to see a movie. Anyone from here ever visited the place?

    [​IMG]


    Jason
     
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    And how would all of you feel if you couldn't have seen Jaws, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones, or Back To The Future or whatever when you were a kid? A long time ago you used to be the kid yelling at the screen or kicking the back of someone's seat. Though I don't really know about the drop-off factor. My parents weren't dropping me off at the theater when I was 7 or 8. They went with me.

    I do wish theaters would enforce a ban on kids after 9:00pm. When I was at a 12:30 am show last weekend, I saw multiple 2-3 year old kids dragged to the theater which should be some sort of child abuse. Why would you take a 2 year old to a movie that gets out after 2:00AM ??
     
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    Ummm, no I wasn't. My parents kept me under control and taught me common courtesy.
     
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    Overall, nice. But I agree about the G- and PG-rated films issue: 2001 is about as adult a film as there is, on an intellectual level. Yet it's a G-rated film.
     
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    This thread might be merged with another current thread sort of dealing with a similar issue: banning children below a specific age from certain commercial theaters. Please stand by.
     
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    Out here we have an independent theater chain called "The Ritz". In New Jersey they operate one 16 plex and in Philadelphia they have 3 theaters within walking distance of each other running a total of 12 screens in the city. They have the same rules as this Cinemark regarding children and content. I'm sure they show G rated films (they had The Straight Story) but usually they show more adult fare. The New Jersey theater does show some mainstream Hollywood films, but it's an alternative, where adults can go and be away from the teens. They usually have top notch projection, but they don't play the films to loud, sadly. And these theaters are wildly successful. The Ritz in Philly has been around for years, and just try getting a decent parking spot at the 16 plex on most nights.

    Neil
     
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    I apologize if this merged thread appears a bit disjointed, but I think you can follow the overall gist.
     

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