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a silver screen for parents 17 Feb 2004 20:03 #28534

I had the idea of starting a theater especially for parents with small children (I have a toddler so you can guess why)and was hoping for some input. Any ideas to help this take off?
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Re: a silver screen for parents 17 Feb 2004 20:22 #28535

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HI, this is already being done in some markets as "movies in the morning," and "movies for moms."... If you check around, you will find some info about it... Not a theater devoted to the idea, but a supplemental showing in regular theaters...

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Re: a silver screen for parents 18 Feb 2004 02:14 #28536

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They tried it here in my area for a couple of months but then dropped it for lack of patronage. Such is the way these things seem to go.
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Re: a silver screen for parents 18 Feb 2004 12:51 #28537

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If I were a mom, I would be a very scary 300 lb woman with a beard and a basso profundo voice.


But if I were a mom, I would just love those videos. Finding Nemo endlessly for the tike, and Net Flicks for the hubby and me.
There would be time enough to go to the movies when the kid goes out on dates or collage.
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Re: a silver screen for parents 20 Feb 2004 12:55 #28538

I don't know if this is a workable idea. No matter what the situation is, I can't see how anyone would want to sit through a movie with small children. Just one can be a problem, a whole room would be too much for me to handle, I know that much.
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Re: a silver screen for parents 22 Feb 2004 20:36 #28539

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The Moms I know all give up movies for the first couple years and then relish a movie without the baby.

The big problem would be that of programming: which movie would you bring a 2-3-4-5 or 7 year old to? You could bring a 2 to In The Bedroom but a 7?

And you know what? Movie theatres already do run for Mom's and kids. Our best grossing film this weekend kicking the tar out of Human Stain, 50 First Dates, and Miracle???? Brother Bear. There were a lot of Mom's there.

Lastly: careful Mom; a protective device built into Mom is that she believes that everything she feels about her baby and much about her baby (like a movie theatre for Mom's with babies) is right.

I could see offering to be the local theatre Mom sponsor for "morning at the movies"... it might even pay! Try it.

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Re: a silver screen for parents 24 Feb 2004 17:49 #28540

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There's a 4 page special feature on this subject in the monthly NATO magazine with a very warm endorsement of the concept in some markets. Shows what I know!

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Re: a silver screen for parents 25 Feb 2004 15:16 #28541

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Here's a link to the "Stroller Circle Cinema" article in NATO "In Focus" magazine:
http://www.infocusmag.com/04february/stroller.htm



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Re: a silver screen for parents 25 Feb 2004 15:56 #28542

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We're a non-profit, single screen indie house in a small New England town. We've had some parents request "baby-friendly" screenings.

Rather than doing the leg work myself, I've put it back in their court informing them of our costs and what we'd have to make in order to make it worth our while.

I also suggested that as a group they might want to rent the theater for such occasions.

I'm not surprised that noone has taken on the cause to make it happen.

While I think it's a good idea, unless you have the hard facts that there's a community of stay-at-home parents who will come to the movies every week, it's simply a novelty item.
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