Banning Kids From Cinemas After 7pm Receives Mixed Responses
A Move That Would Hit Local Movie Industry Badly
After treating our son to two Cinema movies, a news came out from a local newspaper about the banning of children after past 7 pm. The news has mixed reactions from the viewing public. Some called it stupid and some called it a great move.
But as I read the news, I learned that one of the reasons why Cinema owners made such move is based on complaints from other viewers they received that children often make some noises and distract their watching. Which for me is not a valid reason at all. The fact that a movie has a General (G) rating, children is expected to be among the viewers and we should know and expect children’s behavior. Giving such kind reason made me think that Cinema owner who implemented this policy is not doing his research.
Perhaps, if the reason of banning children is based on a medical perspective, that loud sounds are not good for them, then I think it would be okay.
Children has the right to watch a movie and that banning them after 7 is not a good idea. Most parents have work and this time is the best time to be out with children to cinemas. If this policy continues, I think local cinema movie industry will have its downturn, financially. Got no statistics to back it up but in my personal view, children contribute a big percentage to the total cinema movie viewers.
Just very recently also, another news broke out about a shooting incident that happened during Dark Knight Rises showing in Colorado in the US. This should not be made as another reason also for banning children since the incident is considered an isolated case. The time, and what particular movie has nothing to do with the incident.
Anyway those were just my thoughts. What do you think guys with this kind of move? What if this kind of policy will be implemented also in your locality? Would you be okay with it?