A Movie Theater Is No Place for a Baby

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When I first had my daughter in early 2007, one of the local movie theaters ran baby-friendly movies. The lights stayed on, the sound stayed down, and all us moms got to see a movie while our newborns slept and ate. It was a great thing, but I never in a million years would have ever considered bringing her (or any other baby) to a movie besides those.

It's simply rude. Other patrons are paying $12.50 and they would like to see their movies in peace. In Chicago, a group of movie theaters are so committed to this that they have banned children under 6 in R-rated movies. Good on them! If people don't police themselves and do what is appropriate, then the ban makes sense.

Because it isn't only bad for the other paying customers. It's also bad for the baby.

The movie in question that caused the ban was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I saw that movie. It had a graphic rape scene and more violence than any child should ever see. If parents are too crappy to know not to show their child that movie, then I should at least be granted the respect of not having to see it warp their tiny minds.

I will never forget the time my husband and I settled down in the theater to watch the decidedly R-rated Rob Zombie's Halloween when a group of parents wheeled their baby strollers into the aisle and proceeded to watch the movie. Not only did their babies (and toddlers) roam the aisles, they also saw things most adults can't handle.

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It's bad parenting, plain and simple. Babies don't belong at adult movies. For a baby to be at a movie, the movie ought to be a matinee, it ought to be marketed to kids, and it ought to be full of other kids.

Sure, it serves the business bottom line to not serve babies. After all, why would they want a million complaints? But also, it serves humanity. I don't want kids growing up thinking it's normal to see Halloween at 2. I don't want them in class with my children and I don't want to see them in the theater.

If parents can't be parents, then I am glad someone is stepping up to stop them. Hire a babysitter. They cost $15 an hour and will save your kid a lot of future trauma. If you can't do that, rent a movie. Otherwise you are more than just a bad parent. You are a bad citizen.

Do you take your baby to R-rated movies?

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nonmember avatar anamia

Agreed! If you can't afford a sitter, wait for the DVD!

mamivon2 mamivon2

never did that...

Melis... Melissa042807

I've never taken my babies to movies...movies are my grown-up time! I'm not giving that up! LOL

I have only two requests for people who bring their kids to movies: Keep your kid from incessantly kicking my seat, and keep them quiet. If they can't handle it, remove them. I didn't spend all that money on a ticket to listen to you and your kid yakkity-yak or your baby scream through the whole film. 

nonmember avatar Emily

To take that a step further older kids who can't control themselves ( this includes teenagers) need to not be allowed in the theater. I went to a movie last weekend with my husband and left 20 minutes into the film because the girls behind our seat couldn't stop chatting ad screaming and dropping their cell phone. We paid for a sitter and basically wasted our money. Please have some respect when other people are trying to enjoy some down time!

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

I heard that when they're newborns it's a good time because they will most likely sleep through it, although I'm a germaphobe and I wouldn't take my newborn there. I saw Twilight recently and a couple came in with their 1 year old, who was NOT sleeping. They sat in the front. The dad had to walk out with her several times. Oh and the mom was on her shiny bright iPhone several times during the movie. So I think it goes without saying that usually the only people who bring kids of any age to an ADULT movie are rude buttholes.

nv2507 nv2507

I will admit I stuffed my under 1 year old into a moby a couple times. We saw Avatar and the Losers. But he slept/nursed the entire time and never came out of the moby. He is two now and I'd never bring him to a movie unless it was specifically for him...even then I don't know if he could handle it.


nonmember avatar Brooke

Nope, I would never, babies or children in theatres during inappropriate movies is one of my biggest pet peeves. We rarely even go to the movies because its a waste of money to deal with rude and inconsiderate people. I'll stick to my quiet living room for movies thankyouverymuch.

Jespren Jespren

The infant crowd doesn't bother me much (not that I think a horror movie filled with distressing screams is a good idea!), most of them will sleep through the movie or stay in mom's lap nursing. It's the 2-10 group that gets me. It really ticks me off to see little 4 or 6 year olds or even 10 year olds in a rated r movie. How can you think a violent adult movie filled with the kind of stuff that is in most rated r movies is appropriate for a kid that age to watch, larger than life and without even the minimal safety of the fast forward button at home?

MegTh... MegTheGem

When hubby and I want to see a movie in the theater, we get a sitter; we love our kids, but getting to see a movie in the theater isn't something we do often and is a treat. But, we have taken our kids to a theater for a movie; we live on post at Ft. Lewis and Carey Theater has "Babies Night Out" evenings (Thursdays, I think) where they show kid-friendly movies and kids of all ages are welcome. Our daughter was just over a year when we took her to see "Tangled", her first movie in a theater, and she was, by far, the best behaved child there--not once did she cry or act out, she had a blast! The family sitting next to us had like 4 or 5 kids and just let them run around; at one point, one of them, about my daughter's age, just stood in front of me, staring, trying to silently convince me to give them my snacks.

Jmsosa Jmsosa

I remember going to several midnight movies where people brought their babies or toddlers. Sometimes they would walk up and down the stairs to comfort the baby. Now, I only like going to the movies for the earliest show possible on Sundays. I'm paying too much money to have the movie ruined by other people, especially tweens who aren't interested in seeing the movie. They are just there to get out the house and socialize. The only time I don't care is during a kids movie. I expect that some kids will be talking.

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