Theater Chains Work To Extend Ban On Kids Under 6 From Entering R-Rated Movies With Parents

Published On March 18, 2016 » 1305 Views» By Z-rowe »


When you go to a family-friendly film at the movie theater, you expect to hear at least one crying baby or maybe a 5-year-old screaming because his brother ate all the popcorn. Is it annoying? Sure, but you deal with it because you’re probably watching a movie created for kids.

But that all changes when a crying baby or screaming kid interrupts your R-rated action-thriller. If you’re anything like me, you probably turn around in your seat and toss one of these at the parents…

But soon, you won’t have to worry about obnoxious kids/parents ruining your movie experience. Theater chains are quietly expanding their rules on banning children under 6 from R-rated films.

AMC and Cinemark are currently testing out the “no 6 after 6” rule, which prohibits children under 6 from R-rated features after 6 p.m. or later.

And according to The Hollywood Reporter, the largest U.S. theater chain, Regal Entertainment, has decided to enforce the rule 24/7. Regal CEO Amy Miles explained the decision during an interview with THR…

“At Regal, it’s our job to provide the best moviegoing experience for our patrons, and we want to make sure there are minimal interruptions during R-rated movies. We best achieve this through controlling the number of children in these films.”

The Texas-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was one of the first chains to experiment with this 24/7 ban, and their customers have been extremely supportive, “We tried to determine at what age a kid can behave themselves and not blurt out the first thing in their heads.” CEO Tim League told THR.

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