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Just no. Please movie theaters, please make some showings exclusive to children and other children free. Please.


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Was your showing of Curious George 3: Back to the jungle ruined by children?


I've never had a problem with them, so I don't know what the complaint is.

Is the occasional whispered comment in a high pitched tone really that bothersome to you?


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Children in theaters can be a problem -- I say this having 3 of them. We try never to go to the theater if we can avoid it, primarily because people tend to allow their children to roam around, scream, yell, and otherwise go crazy instead of watching the film. My kids look in wonder and are confused why no one has been strangled by their fathers yet, since I've told them since day 1 that if they act up in public I'll send them back to character generation.

This isn't to say that people older than children aren't a problem either. I stopped going to the movies due to people playing on cellphones, talking in a conversational tone during the movie and generally acting like people act in public -- like they are all alone and do not understand why anyone would be offended by their quaint customs.


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Alamo Drafthouse has a no-kids-under-[whateverage] policy and a one-warning-then-you're-gone-no-refunds policy. Perhaps there is a similarly minded theater nearby?


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My only real gripe is with infants and young toddlers who tend to cry and scream. We took our son to his first theatrical movie when he was 3 and he was perfectly behaved. But he understood from the get go that if he acted up we'd leave immediately.


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I keep trying to take my oldest kid to the movies and she always wants to play outside. I just don't understand this younger generation.

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Rynjin wrote:

I've never had a problem with them, so I don't know what the complaint is.

Is the occasional whispered comment in a high pitched tone really that bothersome to you?

A family of 5 was seated in front of me. Two girls and a boy. The youngest girl actually had to shush the older one and the boy, they just wouldn't stop talking. And they were loud. And parents just made those "I'm a bad parent, but what can I do" faces.

And yes. It is bothersome to me. I came to watch a movie not to listen to shrill whining.

If you wanna go see a movie, go early in the day. Or hire a sitter. If you can't leave your kids behind, don't go see a damn movie.

Unfortunately our movie theaters don't have any kind of policy. If you complain they look at you like you're insane.

We need professional shushers.


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No don't take them early in the day. That's when I go to avoid people in general.

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Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
No don't take them early in the day. That's when I go to avoid people in general.

I find that showtime's around 1700 on weekdays are ideal in my area. Theaters aren't too crowded, minimal insane children.


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I can't say, even with the large number of movies I see in the theater, have I ever had much of a problem with kids. Obnoxious teens/adults have been more a problem in my opinion.

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I've always had more trouble with adults than with kids.


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We've been to one theater film in seven months due to preemie infant syndrome (i.e. "yeah, he gets hungry and has medical things requiring specific, complex, and not-easily-stored or readily-prepared food first"). We finally got out when we went across state recently and left our youngest with the grandparents. We saw Inside Out. It was glorious.


Then the problem isnt the kids, IT'S THE PARENTS.

And the thing is if the kids are being disruptive in all likelihood you're not the only person who's being disturbed by the behavior so call the parents on it. DIRECTLY.

I have no problem making other people uncomfortable who are ruining things for a larger group. We didnt start taking my son to the movies until we were sure that he could sit still for them. The average price for a movie ticket in NY is about $12-13. You better believe I'm gonna say something.

I've called out teenagers and adults before. And like I said by the time I've said something it hasn't been a disruption that bothers only me so OTHER people in the theater have had my back. Enough with the passive agressiveness, just deal with the issue firmly but directly.


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I'd gladly pay $25 to watch first run movies at home rather than at a theater. No kids, no parents, no cell phones, no people. And I can pause it to go to the bathroom.


I despise those rotten brats that fidget and kick your seat.

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ShinHakkaider wrote:

Then the problem isnt the kids, IT'S THE PARENTS.

Not just the parents, but it is largely their fault for not being able to control their child.


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Children aren't always the problem. When I saw Jurassic World, there were a bunch of pre-teens sitting in the row in front of me, and I thought I'd be dealing with their yelling and so on all during the film. The second the lights went down they all became very quiet and behaved themselves.

The group of 8 grown men and women sitting to the right of me though... who seem to think that a cinema is a place to have a chat and laugh with your mates. They're the ones who pissed me off.

All of that said, I'm probably a little more tolerant of kids in cinemas than I used to be purely because reviewing movies means I end up going to see a large variety of films, including quite a few kids movies, so I've gotten used to cinemas packed full of children.

Liberty's Edge

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Often, I blame the parents for making poor choices. When I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the ring, someone brought in a very young child. The child screamed when the Balrog appeared. I fear the child must have had nightmares for weeks.

However, the two worst offenders were two grown men who started fighting with each other before a children's movie that I was at with my nephew. I felt embarrassed by their actions. I think that explaining the expectations at a theater is a good idea early on in life. Sadly, some people act as if they are the only people at the movies.


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knightnday wrote:
I'd gladly pay $25 to watch first run movies at home rather than at a theater. No kids, no parents, no cell phones, no people. And I can pause it to go to the bathroom.

Tell me 'bout it!

(Our tenth honeymoon anniversary celebration was mostly "stay in this room with a gorgeous view with the one I love" - probably the best thing of all time.)


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William Ronald wrote:

Often, I blame the parents for making poor choices. When I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the ring, someone brought in a very young child. The child screamed when the Balrog appeared. I fear the child must have had nightmares for weeks.

However, the two worst offenders were two grown men who started fighting with each other before a children's movie that I was at with my nephew. I felt embarrassed by their actions. I think that explaining the expectations at a theater is a good idea early on in life. Sadly, some people act as if they are the only people at the movies.

Oh yeah. Best example of that was a husband and wife who decided to bring there two young children to KILL BILL VOLUME ONE. That family didn't last through the anime sequence before they had to leave.

Seriously folks...in the age of the internet its not that hard to research a movie before you go and see it.

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MMCJawa wrote:
I can't say, even with the large number of movies I see in the theater, have I ever had much of a problem with kids. Obnoxious teens/adults have been more a problem in my opinion.

This has been my experience as well. Thing is, the kids that make loud noises in theaters later grow up into teens and possibly adults who are still noisy, and by that time they don't have parents are to shush them when the need arises. And teenagers watch more movies than small children. Hence, they are a bigger problem.

Then again the problem was not that bad. Out of what must be hundreds of movies I've watched I only ever was bothered by teenagers 2-3 times, and that was in a theater in a notoriously low social-economic standing and in rush hour so I kinda deserved being punished in some way for my bad choices.


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As more movie theaters in my area started serving booze, I find I go to those theaters more. Not for the booze, but for the kid free environment...


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If it makes the OP feel better, I've never had a problem with my kids being loud and/or obnoxious at the movies :-)

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captain yesterday wrote:
If it makes the OP feel better, I've never had a problem with my kids being loud and/or obnoxious at the movies :-)

It either means you're a good parent or that you can tune out your kid's noise :D


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I just hire babysitters for my kids. You're welcome, everyone. :)


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One of my best movie-theater experiences was actually because of pre-teen kids at a James Bond movie. Bond squirts some acid from a pen to melt through a metal bar. Two kids in front of me, one asks the other, "If the acid melts through metal, what's the pen made of?" The other kid confidently answers "plastic."

On the other hand, one of the worst was going with a family to supervise several kids seeing one of those animated dinosaur movies - I think it was "Land Before Time." There's a sequence where the mama dinosaur dies. Maybe half a dozen kids in the theater are crying, or asking their parents repeatedly, "What happened to his mommy?" Crazy people, thinking it's okay to bring little kids to that kind of movie...


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MMCJawa wrote:
William Ronald wrote:

Often, I blame the parents for making poor choices. When I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the ring, someone brought in a very young child. The child screamed when the Balrog appeared. I fear the child must have had nightmares for weeks.

However, the two worst offenders were two grown men who started fighting with each other before a children's movie that I was at with my nephew. I felt embarrassed by their actions. I think that explaining the expectations at a theater is a good idea early on in life. Sadly, some people act as if they are the only people at the movies.

Oh yeah. Best example of that was a husband and wife who decided to bring there two young children to KILL BILL VOLUME ONE. That family didn't last through the anime sequence before they had to leave.

Seriously folks...in the age of the internet its not that hard to research a movie before you go and see it.

Well, duh, it was clearly the fault of misleading title! Who would think that something called KILL <whatever> might be inappropriate for kids?

Sovereign Court

Cintra Bristol wrote:

One of my best movie-theater experiences was actually because of pre-teen kids at a James Bond movie. Bond squirts some acid from a pen to melt through a metal bar. Two kids in front of me, one asks the other, "If the acid melts through metal, what's the pen made of?" The other kid confidently answers "plastic."

On the other hand, one of the worst was going with a family to supervise several kids seeing one of those animated dinosaur movies - I think it was "Land Before Time." There's a sequence where the mama dinosaur dies. Maybe half a dozen kids in the theater are crying, or asking their parents repeatedly, "What happened to his mommy?" Crazy people, thinking it's okay to bring little kids to that kind of movie...

Uh....I thought land before time was a children's movie?

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Pan wrote:
Cintra Bristol wrote:

One of my best movie-theater experiences was actually because of pre-teen kids at a James Bond movie. Bond squirts some acid from a pen to melt through a metal bar. Two kids in front of me, one asks the other, "If the acid melts through metal, what's the pen made of?" The other kid confidently answers "plastic."

On the other hand, one of the worst was going with a family to supervise several kids seeing one of those animated dinosaur movies - I think it was "Land Before Time." There's a sequence where the mama dinosaur dies. Maybe half a dozen kids in the theater are crying, or asking their parents repeatedly, "What happened to his mommy?" Crazy people, thinking it's okay to bring little kids to that kind of movie...

Uh....I thought land before time was a children's movie?

Pretty sure Cintra Bristol was being ironic.


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Meh I worked in a cinema in a university town "adults" are the worst. Cleaning up vomit was the bane of my existence. Blood spattered bathroom was the worst thing I had to clean after two guys had a fight.

I had a mother come and complain to me because she took her under 15 daughter into a M rated movie.... She screamed at me and I was just an usher, my manager walked over told her to calm down, she went ballistic and was going to call the police. The manger said fine go ahead.... Then he grabbed the ratings pamphlet highlighted text and read it to her.

"Children under 15 may legally access this material because it is an advisory category. However, M classified films may include classifiable elements such as violence and nudity of moderate impact that are not recommended for children under 15 years.

Parents and guardians may need to find out more about the fiilm specific content, before deciding whether the material is suitable for their child."

He then asked her name and said you're banned for a year because you are rude and a s&+& parent.

The nearest other cinema was two hours away in the next town.

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The 8th Dwarf wrote:

Meh I worked in a cinema in a university town "adults" are the worst. Cleaning up vomit was the bane of my existence. Blood spattered bathroom was the worst thing I had to clean after two guys had a fight.

I had a mother come and complain to me because she took her under 15 daughter into a M rated movie.... She screamed at me and I was just an usher, my manager walked over told her to calm down, she went ballistic and was going to call the police. The manger said fine go ahead.... Then he grabbed the ratings pamphlet highlighted text and read it to her.

"Children under 15 may legally access this material because it is an advisory category. However, M classified films may include classifiable elements such as violence and nudity of moderate impact that are not recommended for children under 15 years.

Parents and guardians may need to find out more about the fiilm specific content, before deciding whether the material is suitable for their child."

He then asked her name and said you're banned for a year because you are rude and a s!~@ parent.

The nearest other cinema was two hours away in the next town.

Your manager is awesome


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I had 2 great managers at the cinema and one annoying one. It was a fun place to work, I got to watch movies for free, got a free meal from the caffe, got to sit in booth with the projectionists and learn how to make up and breakdown the film and operate the projector. I considered becoming a projectionist but they talked me out of it... They could see digital coming and thier jobs fading away.


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Cintra Bristol wrote:
On the other hand, one of the worst was going with a family to supervise several kids seeing one of those animated dinosaur movies - I think it was "Land Before Time." There's a sequence where the mama dinosaur dies. Maybe half a dozen kids in the theater are crying, or asking their parents repeatedly, "What happened to his mommy?" Crazy people, thinking it's okay to bring little kids to that kind of movie...

When Ash died in the first Pokemon movie there were as many crying adults as there were children.


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The only kids that tend to bug me are the teenaged ones. There was a multiplex near our former apartment and it would be mobbed with them at all times, wandering in and out of movies at random, talking on phones, filming movies with their phones, taking selfies in front of the screen with their phones, throwing popcorn at each other, yelling and giggling, etc. The first time, we thought it was an aberration and complained; on subsequent visits, we realized it was just how that place was. We pretty much gave up on seeing movies out after that, until we discovered that blessed oasis that is the Alamo Drafthouse.

Crying babies? Yeah, they might cry for a limited period of time, but it seems like mostly they just sleep through movies. And they haven't yet developed cell phone addictions. So they don't bother me much. Obnoxious teenagers spend all their time in school sleeping in class, so they're up all night making movie-going miserable for everyone else -- and they can't go 15 seconds without playing with their goldang i-phones.

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The phone thing is so true but its not just teens. Tonight I saw a lady pushing a stroller with two babies hunched over in the rain. As I passed I could see that she was texting...... Folks cant put them down its obnoxious.


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Pan wrote:
The phone thing is so true but its not just teens. Tonight I saw a lady pushing a stroller with two babies hunched over in the rain. As I passed I could see that she was texting...... Folks cant put them down its obnoxious.

Every time I hear or see someone complain about people on their cell phones too much, I think of this.

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bookrat wrote:
Pan wrote:
The phone thing is so true but its not just teens. Tonight I saw a lady pushing a stroller with two babies hunched over in the rain. As I passed I could see that she was texting...... Folks cant put them down its obnoxious.
Every time I hear or see someone complain about people on their cell phones too much, I think of this.

Sure add the newspapers to individuals walking on street and driving their own car and Id say its apt.

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What bugs me are the parents who insist on bringing that 2 year old to a movie. I saw Genisys on Friday and a couple brought a 2-3 year old with them, who immediately started whining about how he wanted to leave and how he was scared. Went on for about 25% of the movie before the parents gave up and left.
Who brings a 2 year old to an Terminator film? Are you expecting it to be a family movie?


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Cylyria wrote:

What bugs me are the parents who insist on bringing that 2 year old to a movie. I saw Genisys on Friday and a couple brought a 2-3 year old with them, who immediately started whining about how he wanted to leave and how he was scared. Went on for about 25% of the movie before the parents gave up and left.

Who brings a 2 year old to an Terminator film? Are you expecting it to be a family movie?

People who want to get out of the house and cannot afford a babysitter or don't want to leave their child with a stranger. After a few years with the little ones you have a powerful urge to eat in public or see a movie that isn't an animated one.

So you risk going out with your child and hope that you can get through a meal or a movie or an outing, hating yourself the whole time because people are staring at you (while playing on their phones or being loud adults) because you are out in public with a child.


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Pan wrote:
bookrat wrote:
Pan wrote:
The phone thing is so true but its not just teens. Tonight I saw a lady pushing a stroller with two babies hunched over in the rain. As I passed I could see that she was texting...... Folks cant put them down its obnoxious.
Every time I hear or see someone complain about people on their cell phones too much, I think of this.
Sure add the newspapers to individuals walking on street and driving their own car and Id say its apt.

Newspapers aren't nearly as common these days.

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knightnday wrote:
Cylyria wrote:

What bugs me are the parents who insist on bringing that 2 year old to a movie. I saw Genisys on Friday and a couple brought a 2-3 year old with them, who immediately started whining about how he wanted to leave and how he was scared. Went on for about 25% of the movie before the parents gave up and left.

Who brings a 2 year old to an Terminator film? Are you expecting it to be a family movie?

People who want to get out of the house and cannot afford a babysitter or don't want to leave their child with a stranger. After a few years with the little ones you have a powerful urge to eat in public or see a movie that isn't an animated one.

So you risk going out with your child and hope that you can get through a meal or a movie or an outing, hating yourself the whole time because people are staring at you (while playing on their phones or being loud adults) because you are out in public with a child.

Honestly, I don't care about their problems. I paid money to see a movie, not to listen to someone's offspring whine and cry.


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Hama wrote:
knightnday wrote:
Cylyria wrote:

What bugs me are the parents who insist on bringing that 2 year old to a movie. I saw Genisys on Friday and a couple brought a 2-3 year old with them, who immediately started whining about how he wanted to leave and how he was scared. Went on for about 25% of the movie before the parents gave up and left.

Who brings a 2 year old to an Terminator film? Are you expecting it to be a family movie?

People who want to get out of the house and cannot afford a babysitter or don't want to leave their child with a stranger. After a few years with the little ones you have a powerful urge to eat in public or see a movie that isn't an animated one.

So you risk going out with your child and hope that you can get through a meal or a movie or an outing, hating yourself the whole time because people are staring at you (while playing on their phones or being loud adults) because you are out in public with a child.

Honestly, I don't care about their problems. I paid money to see a movie, not to listen to someone's offspring whine and cry.

This. Nothing like finally getting a night out away from the kids only to have to spend it listening to someone else's.


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Simon Legrande wrote:
Hama wrote:
knightnday wrote:
Cylyria wrote:

What bugs me are the parents who insist on bringing that 2 year old to a movie. I saw Genisys on Friday and a couple brought a 2-3 year old with them, who immediately started whining about how he wanted to leave and how he was scared. Went on for about 25% of the movie before the parents gave up and left.

Who brings a 2 year old to an Terminator film? Are you expecting it to be a family movie?

People who want to get out of the house and cannot afford a babysitter or don't want to leave their child with a stranger. After a few years with the little ones you have a powerful urge to eat in public or see a movie that isn't an animated one.

So you risk going out with your child and hope that you can get through a meal or a movie or an outing, hating yourself the whole time because people are staring at you (while playing on their phones or being loud adults) because you are out in public with a child.

Honestly, I don't care about their problems. I paid money to see a movie, not to listen to someone's offspring whine and cry.
This. Nothing like finally getting a night out away from the kids only to have to spend it listening to someone else's.

Oh no doubt. I know no one cares about someone else's problems; I'm just answering the poster's question.

Of course, as has been said before, there are far more issues with so-called adults playing with their phones or having loud conversations than children whining.


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Here's the thing, if you are at all a considerate human being, you wont do that to other people. When we had our son, unless we had a babysitter we either went to the movies separately or not at all.

Bringing a child to an intense R rated or loud action movie is kind of an irresponsible and selfish thing to do. If you can afford the price of the movie tickets and possibly dinner you should factor the price of a decent sitter in there somewhere.


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That's a good point. But then, if you were a considerate human being you wouldn't talk at the theater, text at the theater, play games on your phone during the dark parts of the film, talk on the phone, turn off your ringer, scream things at the screen, stomp on people, bang seats, and do all the entertaining things that go on in everyday life at the theater that aren't kid related.

I agree, if you can get a sitter or do not bring your children to such things. But let's not say that it's those darn kids and their parents that are the only cause of distractions and disruptions. A lot of time, it's what people are willing to overlook or disregard. People are less willing to forgive other people's kids (I left mine at home, I didn't come out to hear kids, I hate kids, etc) than adults doing the same or worse.


knightnday wrote:

That's a good point. But then, if you were a considerate human being you wouldn't talk at the theater, text at the theater, play games on your phone during the dark parts of the film, talk on the phone, turn off your ringer, scream things at the screen, stomp on people, bang seats, and do all the entertaining things that go on in everyday life at the theater that aren't kid related.

I agree, if you can get a sitter or do not bring your children to such things. But let's not say that it's those darn kids and their parents that are the only cause of distractions and disruptions. A lot of time, it's what people are willing to overlook or disregard. People are less willing to forgive other people's kids (I left mine at home, I didn't come out to hear kids, I hate kids, etc) than adults doing the same or worse.

I think if you look at my post upthread you'll see that I'm not willing to overlook or disregard anyone complicating my movie going experience.


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Sorry, meant the universal you, not the ShinHakkaider you. :) That may have been unclear.

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knightnday wrote:

That's a good point. But then, if you were a considerate human being you wouldn't talk at the theater, text at the theater, play games on your phone during the dark parts of the film, talk on the phone, turn off your ringer, scream things at the screen, stomp on people, bang seats, and do all the entertaining things that go on in everyday life at the theater that aren't kid related.

I agree, if you can get a sitter or do not bring your children to such things. But let's not say that it's those darn kids and their parents that are the only cause of distractions and disruptions. A lot of time, it's what people are willing to overlook or disregard. People are less willing to forgive other people's kids (I left mine at home, I didn't come out to hear kids, I hate kids, etc) than adults doing the same or worse.

Nobody here said that loud, obnoxious children and their stupid, useless parents are the only source of disruption at the movies.


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Hama wrote:
knightnday wrote:

That's a good point. But then, if you were a considerate human being you wouldn't talk at the theater, text at the theater, play games on your phone during the dark parts of the film, talk on the phone, turn off your ringer, scream things at the screen, stomp on people, bang seats, and do all the entertaining things that go on in everyday life at the theater that aren't kid related.

I agree, if you can get a sitter or do not bring your children to such things. But let's not say that it's those darn kids and their parents that are the only cause of distractions and disruptions. A lot of time, it's what people are willing to overlook or disregard. People are less willing to forgive other people's kids (I left mine at home, I didn't come out to hear kids, I hate kids, etc) than adults doing the same or worse.

Nobody here said that loud, obnoxious children and their stupid, useless parents are the only source of disruption at the movies.

No, but things like

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Honestly, I don't care about their problems. I paid money to see a movie, not to listen to someone's offspring whine and cry.

To that, I'd say they are equally uncaring about your desires either? And that's what's wrong with sharing these public places -- no one cares much about the other person. I think we've lost that over the years, the ability to share. Kids are bad about it in school, adults are bad about it in general.

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