questionshow young is too young for a midnight movie?

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Never went to a midnight movie showing of anything.

I've always felt if I couldn't see it during normal hours it wasn't worth the trouble.

I was surprised that someone took their 3 month old. It was their choice, but I'd have rather enjoyed a movie without the kids.

Now none of them enjoyed the movie and doubt they'll be quick to attend another.

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My last midnight show was Harry Potter, Pt 2. I also promised myself that it was my last midnight showing. Not because I'm especially old and crabby and KIDS THESE DAYS, but I guess I'm just "over it".

I think they're neat and a treat if you're invested heavily in a series/particular movie, but catching every midnight opening of "the next hotness"? Eh. I've got my Batman ticket for Sunday at the nifty IMAX theater, it's sufficient. :)

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Unless the movie is G or P-G, children have no business being inside a movie theater. I believe if parents want to see a movie then they can hire a baby sitter. If the argument is that the parents can't afford a baby sitter, what business do they have going to an overpriced movie in the first place. This is one of my major pet peeves.

That 3 month old should have been home safe in bed.

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You'd be amazed what a young infant can sleep through as long as they're not physically moved.

As long as the parent 1) takes the baby out of the theater at the slightest noise out of the its mouth and 2) sits on the aisle near a door to allow for easy exit, then I'm OK with it. It's not like the baby is watching the movie and will be scarred by anything he/she sees or hears in the movie.

I'm more concerned with clueless parents who bring five and six year old kids to movies like this, thinking "oh, it's just a comic book movie or a cartoon." Trust me, I've met parents like that. I had to plead with a mother at a screening of the South Park movie to take her six and eight year boys out and ask for a refund because it was entirely inappropriate for them to see. She didn't think it was a big deal, but five minutes into the flick she got up and left with the boys.

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Babies shouldn't be in theaters at all IMO. I understand parents want to get out and catch a flick and relax, but are you really enjoying the movie having to deal with the baby? No,your not and neither is anyone else if it starts crying and whatnot.

Find a sitter or wait. It's just a movie. Don't ruin your and/or everyone's experience.

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What movie is so important that you cannot wait to see it another time? I cannot imagine taking our infant to a movie at midnight or ever. Even if it was during his nap time, I would not take the risk of him wanting to nurse or need a diaper change during the film. It just seems selfish to bring your baby along so you can see the film, but disregarding how it might impact the other patrons.

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@wickedd365: One or two theaters around here have specific showings for families with babies/small children. Otherwise, I'm in agreement. The worst example I can recall is a family with 7 to 11 year old boys at piranha 3d (parts were essentially soft core porn).

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I never took my kids to movie theaters when they were babies, nor do I think I ever would, but I agree that some newborns can sleep through anything. So long as the parents are responsive and get the kids the heck out of there if they wake up, I don't have a problem with it. Sort of like the difference between having a cell phone with you in the theater versus leaving it on and answering it throughout the movie. There are all kinds of potential problems in movies, and it greatly depends on the individual handling of them.

Personally, I'd be a little concerned about whether a movie theater experience like that could be bad for a baby's ears -- those movies get pretty damn loud.

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Unless it's a children's movie, children should NOT be in the theater. Infants and toddlers should NEVER be in a theater. If I see a person carrying their infant into a movie I'm going to see I always try to ask an usher to ask them to leave, for the sake of everyone else.
Too many parents are incredibly rude and entitled. Leave your children at home if you're going to a restaurant or theater, nobody else wants to deal with them.

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There's really two questions here.
1) Not all movies are appropriate for children, what age is too young for a kid to see an adult film?
My answer to this is that there is an age when they are too old, when they are at the developmental point where they are starting to perceive what's going on in the film, and then there's a window where they are too young for the content. However, that tends to vary from child to child. I do think that parents may not take into account that even small children can be sensitive to the moods of the people around them, and even if they can't perceive the film, they can be affected by the emotional gestalt of the audience.

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2) At what age is a child old enough to attend an adult activity and not spoil the activity for other adults?
This again is going to vary child to child. I have friends who bring small children to our gaming group and their kids are quiet, well behaved, and able to be entertained by their parents at the table without much disruption. But we've had others with the same aged kids who brought them and they were noisy, hyperactive, and constantly demanding attention. I think parents need to know their kids and know if they are going to be well-behaved enough before taking them to any public event. They also have to put their job as parents first, and leave briefly or even go home if the kids become disruptive and are impairing other peoples' experience of something they paid to enjoy. I understand that parents need to have lives, but they have to recognize that when they are with their kids, that role of parent trumps everything else.

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I'm generally uncomfortable with small children in adult movies. If for no other reason than it's just terribly rude to the other movie patrons. It's particularly bad when the kid starts crying or fidgeting and the parents refuse to take them out of the theater so that all of the other people who paid for tickets and expected to enjoy the movie can do just that.

I know that sometimes a movie you're really excited about is released and you want to see it ASAP, but part of being a parent to a brand new baby is understanding that you're not going to get everything you want, exactly when you want it anymore. If you can't find a babysitter, be responsible parents and stay at home. You can catch a matinee in a day or two.

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@stryker4526: I take exception at not taking kids to restaurants. Yes, some kids are really distracting at restaurants but it depends on the kid and the restaurant. Sure I wouldn't take my toddler to a white linen restaurant but casual dining during normal waking hours? We need to eat, too.
There are of course some sit-down restaurants that are even better for kids than others. If there is a kids menu, you really shouldn't be offended that people brought their kids with them, at least during normal eating hours. Of course, bar-restaurants have kids menus, and if someone is at the bar after curfew with their child, then that person is being irresponsible.

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@lparsons42: I'm with you on that. I freely admit that I would never have taken MY kids to a fancy restaurant when they were younger, because they have the attention span of fruit flies and never would have behaved properly, but I've seen plenty of well-behaved kids out in relatively upscale places. I think we tend not to notice those kids, because our attention is diverted by the kids whose parents are letting them run around unchecked. Again, it's a matter of parents making the right call for their kids.

Plenty of parents suck at managing their kids out in public and let them run wild, but I suspect they're the same people who act like jerkfaces when they're out without the kids, too.

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At that age, especially if they're nursing - they're pretty mellow. If the parents are on it and make sure to bail if the kid starts fussing, I don't care. I'd rather have a small infant in a theater than a toddler any day.

The idea of the loud noises hurting the baby's ears is something that I hadn't considered though.

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It just doesn't make any sense to bring a kid to a movie unless the kid can reasonably be expected to watch with attention during the whole thing. Babies cry and little kids run around because that's what they're supposed to do. They're just acting their age. A theatre is simply not the place for it. Of course it varies from kid to kid, but I'd say the approximate age when a normal kid can handle a feature-length movie is about 6 or 7. Infants never, toddlers never, preschoolers almost never.

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If you can't stay up until the time the movie ends, you're too young.

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I'm sorry if I offend, I really don't mind children, but the argument of "if the parents tend to the needs of the child before it gets out of hand" just doesn't cut it anymore. There are too many instances where I have been subjected to a little one crying or making sounds and the parents just ignore it like its not a big deal. If I'm going to fork over $12 - $15 bucks, I don't want to listen to your child while I'm trying to watch my movie. I don't care how good they usually are; it only takes one cry/scream/gurrgle/mommydaddy to disrupt the show. I'll take 50 cell phone lights over one non-teen any day of the week. I'm sure there are those of you out there that are actually responsible adults and parents but you are becoming a unique rarity.

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@lparsons42: Yes, obviously my comment was not directed toward those taking their children to family restaurants or other kid-friendly eateries.
And I don't care if a bar has a kid's menu, kids should NOT be in bars, ever.

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A crying kid disrupting MY movie = First world problem.

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I never took my kids to a movie until they were at least 8 years old, and then it was a kid's movie. A midnight showing I would never do. Babies need attention and IMHO a theater is not the place for them at a midnight showing. Wait for a matinee or until the DVD is released, please.

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last Summer i took my Nephew to the midnight premier of "Transformers :Dark of the Moon." He was 10 @ the time. and that was the only time for the foreseeable future(unless you count the second film of the double feature@ the local drive-in) don't really see anything coming i'm that desperate to see/ take him to.

anymore there aren;t too may I'LL go out @ midnight for.(Must be getting old or something...went to a 3am of "Revenge of the Sith" when it came out)
Only reason i was @ midnight screenings of "The Avengers", & "The Dark Knight Rises" is that i was doing the associated Marathons.(last night was the first i saw ANY of the Nolan bat-flicks in the Theater...)

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Sadly, in Colorado, it seems to be the norm to bring infants to midnight showings. I've seen it many times. Even R-rated films, I've seen couples bring the entire clan complete with scared 6 year olds.

At the risk of getting "RAWR CENSORSHIP" replies, I am a firm believer that there needs to be a curfew imposed on children under 13, even in cases with a parent, for PG-13 or higher rated films after 10pm.

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I was carded for one of the Twilight movies a few years back.. in broad daylight.. and I was like twenty at the time.