Kids at the Movie Theaters

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So what's your opinion on bringing infants & toddlers to the movie theater?



Some infants might sleep the whole way through a movie. Others would screech and cry. That was my son. Hubby & I tried going to the movies once time when he was about 4 months old. He cried, wanted to be held, rocked, walked, and talked to the whole time. He nursed for about 45 minutes in the beginning of the movie, and then it was my hope that he would settle down to sleep in our arms or infant carrier. No such luck-we had to leave. At age 3 we tried taking him to a kid movie, but he was way too scared of the dark. We did not attempt another movie with him until 6 weeks ago! Now at 4 1/2, he happily watched 'Up'. I do get annoyed at parents for bringing toddlers out to movies who clearly are not able to sit quietly, and even worse, to a late night movie. Even if it is a kid movie, and some toddlers just aren't ready for the movies, please just pick up the whole pack and go. Don't force a scared, crying, whiney, fidgety kid to sit in a seat.

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Dawn - posted on 07/22/2009

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I took my son when he was 2 to see Cars. He loved it and sat in his daddy's lap the whole time. We are going to take the kids to see Ice Age on Sunday. Normally we wait till the movie has been out for a few weeks but this was plan for a while and the movie was orig going to be Transformers but was told that it's really violent and that the kids might get nightmares. So last minute change. Also, the closest theator to us is 1 1/2 away. So we don't go see them much.

Debbie - posted on 07/22/2009

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My kids have always been amazed at the big screen. I have taken them at about 2yrs old to kids specific movies, such as toy story and cars etc. I dont think it's the little ones that annoy me as much as bloody teens. I took my kids to see Hanna Montana and the theatre was mostly full of teenagers (fine by me, it's a teenage movie) But they were throwing food everywhere and jumping around one kept having to leave b/c his phone kept ringing and it wasnt on silent. When the movie finished my kids looked at the spots where these kids were and commented to the mess they left. My kids had all their rubbish in their arms to put in the bin. Proud moment!

Kimberly - posted on 07/22/2009

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The first time my son went to a move I took him to Earth. My sister was there before me and sat in the middle of the row. That was really the only problem we had because when the kids had to go potty the people on the end were disturbed. My boyfriend took my son to see Ice Age the other night and he said he was amazing. I think it all depends on the child and that it should definately be age appropriate. The thought of taking my son to see a movie I wanted to wouldn't ever even cross my mind.

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I think people should leave the kids at home until they are old enough to appreciate the experience of being in a theater. In my community we have movie for mommies where the lights are on but dim and the audio is turned down to protect little ears. I think this would be better than taking an infant to a loud movie where others are trying to enjoy the film. with preschoolers we now have movies for tots. They play short films about 45 minutes long and it is only for parents with young children. I am still waiting to take my daughter to the movies because I want her to enjoy the experience and she cant yet sit through a disney flick yet.

Chantel - posted on 07/22/2009

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I don't think I will attempt it any time soon!! Our theatre has a Stars and Strollers screening of family movies in the afternoons. Lower sound levels so you can bring your babies. I've never tried it though because Breanna is just not a child that sits still for any length of time.

Traci - posted on 07/21/2009

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Yeah, I think boys have a shorter attention span than girls do. In my experience, anyway!

JL - posted on 07/21/2009

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I didn't take my oldest until she was 3 and that was to see a short childrens movie. My 23 month old cannot sit still long enough to eat. Whenever he is told to sit down he starts yelling I am stuck..help me..I am stuck..SO NO MOVIES FOR HIM..until he can sit still without freaking out.

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Glad to see that others feel the same way. Each kid is different, and some toddlers can handle a KID movie, and others simply cannot. I wish parents just would be more considerate of the others in the theater. Matthew said he wants to see that Guinea Pig movie that is out. The commercials are on non-stop. It looks so stupid! Maybe if he loses interst, he can wait 4 months until it arrives at the $2 movie theater! But I waited until he was ready to see a movie, not drag him to one because *I* want to see it.

Lindsay - posted on 07/21/2009

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Well, we attempted to movies earlier this summer for the first time. A nieghbor had wanted to borrow our pool for the afternoon so we let them and Josh took off work so we could take the kids to see "Up". Thank goodness there weren't that many people in there because it was a Thur. afternoon and let's just say it didn't go as well as expected. The 3D glasses were too big for the kids heads so we were constantly trying to adjust them. The kids didn't seem to weigh enough to keep the seats from folding up so Josh and I sat there holding their seats for them. Madeline did really well and sat there nicely and paid attention. Cooper did pretty good for the first half but then lost interest. It was stadium seating and he got up and started patting the lady in front of us' head! We took that as our cue to leave because he thought she was a puppy!



I would take Madeline back in a heartbeat if there was something she really wanted to see. Cooper, on the other hand, will have to wait it out awhile. At almost 3, he's just not got the patience to sit through a movie. It was a $40 learning experience for us to sit through 2/3 of the movie!

Sarah - posted on 07/21/2009

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Cadence has been once with her dad (no way i was going to attempt it! lol!) and he said she was pretty good, tho she asked a lot of questions all through the film!
I think she would probably do ok at the cinema now, i might take her to one of the kids Saturday morning ones sometime.
If it's a kids movie, you kinda expect a bit of a disturbance from kids. I would never take a baby/toddler/child to an adult movie tho, people have paid good money to see a film, i wouldn't want my kids spoiling that for them! :)

Esther - posted on 07/21/2009

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At the theater near my house they have a special moms & kids showing for some kid movies (at around noon on a weekday). I might consider going to one of those when my son is a little older and better able to sit still for a while.

Sara - posted on 07/21/2009

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I am not a fan of taking very young children to the theatre. I don't think I'm going to try to take Ro until her attention span can take it. I just think it's kind of rude to other's in the theatre. Movies are expensive and I don't want to ruin someone else's time because I wanted to bring my kid who's not old enough to sit silently for 2 hours.

Iris - posted on 07/21/2009

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My little one is 3 and I still haven't taken her to the movies. She doesn't like the radio too loud so I'm sure she's not ready for the movie theater.
I didn't take the older one to the movies until she was 5 years old. Personally I think it's just too loud to be taking infants and babies in there.

Amie - posted on 07/20/2009

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Oh and I never took them to the kids movies either for two reasons.
1) There are screaming kids everywhere and I have a hard time with strangers kids who don't behave. I'd rather avoid them than get into it with their parents cause it never ends nicely. =)
2) They are so freaking loud in there! Like really.... turn the volume down! I'd like to keep my hearing into my old age. =)

Amie - posted on 07/20/2009

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LOL! I just took our 9 year old to the movie for the first time last night. I can not stand people who bring their kids to movie theaters. Especially ones that are clearly adult films. I can't remember the one my hubby and I went to last year but there was a kid about 3 years running around the freaking theater! Then getting upset when he couldn't find his mom. Employees eventually came in and got them to leave when someone got up and complained. Like honestly, fine for you if you want to ruin your movie experience but don't ruin everyone else's. Good grief.

Samantha - posted on 07/20/2009

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This is funny that this post has come up. Last week I went to see the 7:30 pm showing of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (the movie ends at 10:00) and there was a 2 year old right up at the front row with her parents. Every time there was fire or action scenes or anything of that sort the poor child would run screaming to her mom. Not just crying but actually screaming at the top of her lungs and crying at the same time. Everyone was annoyed. She cried for 10 minutes straight before her mom took her out of the theater for 5 minutes. She then brought her back in and the little girl continued to cry throughout the movie. After the movie was over I saw her and her mom and she was falling asleep on her shoulder while her mom and dad talked to their friends.

First it was a late movie for this poor child and then to top it off they took her to see Harry Potter which is not for kids as the movie has become increasingly darker and more violent as they grow up. I just think they should have taken her to an age appropriate movie and an early one at that. I felt really bad for the little girl.

Esther - posted on 07/20/2009

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I haven't attempted to bring my son to the movies yet and I don't see that happening any time soon either. I can't get him to sit still for 5 seconds let alone for the duration of a movie. He's also not interested in watching anything on TV so I doubt that any movie we would take him to would hold his interest. I can't stand it though when people take their small children to late movies or age inappropriate movies. Utterly selfish and irresponsible parenting. I once actually complained to a theater that there were small toddlers in the theater on a Saturday night at 9 PM watching a very violent action movie (this was well before I had my son). They said they agreed but that the ratings are just a warning and not something they can enforce so if parents want to expose their kids to this there is nothing the theater can do about it. Ugh.

Deidre - posted on 07/20/2009

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My daughter is 14mo and has never been in a movie theatre. And I don't plan on taking her to one anytime soon. No way... if I go to see a movie I don't want to be worrying about her making sure she's okay lol, I'll leave her with a sitter (which I have yet to do... haven't been to the movies since I was preggers). The only place I'm fine with kids being at the movies really is if it's on base for the $2 matinee that is totally kid friendly lol. You don't go to those type of movies unless you have a super young kid and expect to be interrupted a gazillion times (and that isn't really my idea of fun).

ME - posted on 07/20/2009

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I don't mind it if the movie is age appropriate...but earlier this year my husband and I went to see the Watchmen movie...and were appalled to see small children in the theater...and then Sunday, we went to see Harry Potter 6, and there were parents with 3 and 4 year olds as well as very small babies who cried through the length of the film...young children did not really belong at this movie either...I was horrified that they were watching these films, and pissed off that my movie experience was ruined!

Traci - posted on 07/20/2009

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Oh! I love taking my kids to the movies!! My daughter was 2 when I first took her. We went to see Robots. I was a little nervous about if she was ready or not, but she loved it! My kids have all just sat there quietly eating their popcorn and snacks and enjoying themselves.I think as long as they are at least 2 they can handle it, in my experience. After that first time, we went to see all kinds of movies together. It's a great time! My husband and I left our 15 mo old with Grandma last week so we could take the other two to see Night at the Museum 2...that was a great movie!

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