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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22185 on: July 11, 2013, 09:28:31 AM »
For movies where the target audience is kids, I tend to go to the 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM showing for the aforementioned reasons.

But quite often, they don't have a later showing for 'kids' movies.

I will hearby admit to being the special snowflake for a kids movie, along with my friend.  When I was in university, Disney brought some of the classics back out into the theater.  They were showing 'The Jungle Book', in a small theater on campus.  There were a number of well behaved kids in the theater, along with quite a few of us students.  My friend and I were singing along to 'The Bare (Bear) Necessities' when the kid in front of us turned around and glared at us.  Which sent us into giggles.  But we did shut up for the rest of the movie.
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« Reply #22186 on: July 11, 2013, 11:16:34 AM »
Ah, Shrek.  I have not-so-fond memories of taking my then-10-year-old daughter and some of her friends to see it for her birthday.  All of the kids were fine except for Stephanie, who - for reasons unknown - decided to be a pest.  First, she got up out of her seat (while the movie was playing), walked over to where I was sitting, stood right in front of me, and said "I'm bored."  I looked at her incredulously and said "Go sit down."  She did - for about ten minutes.  Back she came.  "When is this movie gonna be over?"  I gave her the Glare of Death and said "GO. SIT. DOWN."  She didn't get up again.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22187 on: July 11, 2013, 11:50:57 AM »
When I saw Star Wars Episode I in the theater, I was behind a whole row of eight-year-old boys having a birthday party.  Part of their goody bag loot was apparently ring pops (like this - a plastic ring base with a hard candy "jewel" on the top).  So they had "sticky wars" throughout the whole movie - licking their ring pops and then trying to swipe the sticky mess at each other.

I felt sorry for whatever employee had to clean that up, but the party was clearly being hosted by the movie theater, so I think someone ought to have had a long talk with whoever made up the goody bags for parties  >:(

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« Reply #22188 on: July 11, 2013, 12:05:26 PM »
For movies where the target audience is kids, I tend to go to the 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM showing for the aforementioned reasons.

Me too, or the over-21 chain.

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« Reply #22189 on: July 11, 2013, 12:12:31 PM »
I can't imagine the mother even THINKING of leaving a bunch of kids (a couple of which were not even HERS!!) in the hospital room of someone in labor.  What?  Did she adopt all her own kids and doesn't have a clue what labor and delivery are like? 

I'm also amazed that the hospital staff didn't turn them around at the door and send them home -- immediately.  I honestly don't think our hospital would have tolerated this for a minute!

Your poor friend.  Hope all goes well for her and that her baby comes into the world quietly and with the privacy this family deserves.

Hope all was well for mother and baby.  The hospitals in my area won't allow anyone under 15 in the hospital after 9 unless they are the patient or extenuating circumstances, (family member in ICU, their mother is about to give birth, etc).  Even then, they always have to a accompanied by an adult unless they are the patient. 

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« Reply #22190 on: July 11, 2013, 01:10:08 PM »
My biggest pet-peeve in movie theaters is the cell-phone.  I've decided that if I were rich enough to do so, I'd build a movie theater where every part of the building except the lobby was surrounded by a faraday cage.  Any staff or emergency communication within the building could be through hard-wired devices.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22191 on: July 11, 2013, 01:55:59 PM »
For movies where the target audience is kids, I tend to go to the 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM showing for the aforementioned reasons.

Me too, or the over-21 chain.

AMC's Cinema Suites are my new best friends. :)  The closest one is a good half hour from me, but I go there for any movie I really don't want disrupted by kids, or when I want to see more of a "kids movie" without the kids around!

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« Reply #22192 on: July 11, 2013, 03:27:18 PM »
I can't imagine the mother even THINKING of leaving a bunch of kids (a couple of which were not even HERS!!) in the hospital room of someone in labor.  What?  Did she adopt all her own kids and doesn't have a clue what labor and delivery are like? 

I'm also amazed that the hospital staff didn't turn them around at the door and send them home -- immediately.  I honestly don't think our hospital would have tolerated this for a minute!

Your poor friend.  Hope all goes well for her and that her baby comes into the world quietly and with the privacy this family deserves.

Hope all was well for mother and baby.  The hospitals in my area won't allow anyone under 15 in the hospital after 9 unless they are the patient or extenuating circumstances, (family member in ICU, their mother is about to give birth, etc).  Even then, they always have to a accompanied by an adult unless they are the patient.

The hospital I'm due to give birth at has what the nurse educator/tour guide referred to while we took the maternity wing tour as the "we're the bad guy policy". If you have trouble getting someone to leave or someone appears who you do not want there to let the nursing staff know and they will kick the people out due to "doctor's medical advise" or time for "medical procedure that will last awhile". In other words, they'll be the bad guy if you can't be.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22193 on: July 11, 2013, 03:51:35 PM »
That happened to a friend and I when we went to see, I think, one of the Shrek movies. While I get that during any kid's movies there will be lots of kids, some of them simply aren't ready to sit through an entire movie without making a fuss.

We saw kids running up and down the stairs (Tiered seating) talking, screeching, and generally being distruptive. But there were other kids who sat through the whole movie, without nary a peep.

What got me was when I was commenting on this to several people, they pointed out but it's a KIDS movie. Why yes it is, but that doens't give them the right to disrupt those of us (kids and adults) who might actually want to watch the movie. I say if your child can't sit through one, then wait until they can.

Even when I try and go when I think there will be the least amount of people, there are always some that annoy me, so I've just stopped going to the movies altogether. I just don't enjoy it anymore.

That is ridiculous.  No one should take a child to any movie with the impression that they are free to run up and down the aisles.    In a kids movie - you should expect more noise, because they will ask questions or announce potty breaks very loudly, you may have a meltdown -but they should be removed immediately.  I would never expect "ring pop" wars or loud talking from anyone over the age of a toddler.


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« Reply #22194 on: July 11, 2013, 04:20:07 PM »
We went to see the subtitled version of a Studio Ghibli film, the cinema was showing dubbed and subtitled at multiple different showings, we got to share the cinema with a woman who read the subtitles to her child.

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« Reply #22195 on: July 11, 2013, 05:01:11 PM »
There is a great Calvin & Hobbes strip. I can't find it to link to it. Calvin & his mom come in and Dad asks "how was the kiddie matinee movie?" Calvin says something like "Movie? Oh, yeah, there was a movie, I guess." Calvin's mom grabs Dad and says "WE. ARE. BUYING. A. VIDEO. PLAYER!"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22196 on: July 11, 2013, 05:05:58 PM »
My DH is a print-shop tech at a couple of different accounts, 4 hrs each.  The afternoon account frequently has people showing up at 4.30 and wanting him to print their job that will take  more than a half hour to print, and get annoyed when he tells them that he is leaving at 5pm, unless their department is willing to sign a memo that they will pay for his overtime.  They think he should stay late for them for "just a few minutes".  Luckily he is strong-willed, and doesn't fall for that.

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« Reply #22197 on: July 11, 2013, 05:56:41 PM »
My DH is a print-shop tech at a couple of different accounts, 4 hrs each.  The afternoon account frequently has people showing up at 4.30 and wanting him to print their job that will take  more than a half hour to print, and get annoyed when he tells them that he is leaving at 5pm, unless their department is willing to sign a memo that they will pay for his overtime.  They think he should stay late for them for "just a few minutes".  Luckily he is strong-willed, and doesn't fall for that.

Something similar happened in my last office job! There was one guy who would show up at 4.59pm with several pages of handwritten stuff he 'desperately needed' me to type up. Sorry, no, I have a bus to catch! Thankfully my direct boss backed me up and told the guy he had to either bring it over earlier or do it himself.

...so the next time, he showed up at 4pm with the first page written, and sat next to me madly scribbling on assorted bits of paper to write the next section as I typed the first. I could type faster than he could write, so the written bits got shorter and shorter and less thought-out, and then he spent twenty minutes pointing out bits he wanted moved around or edited.  :P
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22198 on: July 11, 2013, 06:25:21 PM »
That is ridiculous.  No one should take a child to any movie with the impression that they are free to run up and down the aisles.    In a kids movie - you should expect more noise, because they will ask questions or announce potty breaks very loudly, you may have a meltdown -but they should be removed immediately.  I would never expect "ring pop" wars or loud talking from anyone over the age of a toddler.

Or why  I LOVE a cinema about 15 miles from us.  All showings after 6PM are over 21 only.  You can have dinner in the theater, Beer & wine available & no kids.  DH & I can see a movie, have dinner & a glass of wine and spend about $20.00 total.  Pretty cheap for a date.  ;D 

Same theater also has a weekly showing for folks with sensory issues.  Lights are kept on at a medium level, sound levels turned down & people are free to sing, dance, walk around,
& do whatever makes them comfortable.  I think it is a great idea.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22199 on: July 11, 2013, 07:03:16 PM »
My biggest pet-peeve in movie theaters is the cell-phone.  I've decided that if I were rich enough to do so, I'd build a movie theater where every part of the building except the lobby was surrounded by a faraday cage.  Any staff or emergency communication within the building could be through hard-wired devices.

That's one thing that made me very happy when I went to see The Lone Ranger last Saturday.  There was an announcement that any cell phone use during the movie would earn the user an escort out of the movie without a refund.  That's a new policy since the last time I was there, and it made me forgive them the endless commercials before the movie started.
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