taking baby to the movies

A new Consolidated Theatres program lets young parents bring babies to certain matinees, and nobody can complain about the kids making noise

Yu Shing Ting
Friday - July 04, 2008
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The Holm family - Jeanne, Makena, Gabriella and Albert - enjoy Indiana Jones
The Holm family - Jeanne, Makena, Gabriella and Albert - enjoy Indiana Jones

You’re in the movie theater and your baby starts crying. What do you do?

Stay put.

That’s right. I’m not joking. Not only should you stay, but you shouldn’t feel bad about staying.

Thanks to Consolidated Theatres’ new Cry Baby Matinees schedule, families with young keiki can catch the latest movies without fear of distracting other guests.

“Young parents work so hard, and more than anyone they deserve a treat of going to the movies,” says Terri Moore, vice president of theater operations for Consolidated’s western division. “This new matinee series makes it possible for young mothers and fathers to enjoy the movie-going experience without having to leave their baby behind with auntie or a baby-sitter.”

Jeanne Holm with Makena at the diaper-changing table inside the theater
Jeanne Holm with Makena at the diaper-changing table inside the theater

In an effort to make the theater “baby friendly,” the volume is lowered and lights are still dimmed, but brighter than usual. Also, a baby-changing table is set up in the auditorium and there’s an area to park strollers.

Movie-goers with no baby are more than welcome to sit in a Cry Baby Matinee - just be warned that there’s no complaining allowed as these tots are allowed to fuss all they want.

“Before we had kids we would go to the movies about once a month,” says Jeanne Holm, a mother of two from Waikele. “I love seeing movies, but after the kids, we pretty much stopped. We’d go maybe once a year. So I think this is a great service for new parents.”

Sasha Hernandez with baby Elias
Sasha Hernandez with baby Elias

The Holms have been to at least two Cry Baby Matinees and Holm says she liked not having to feel that she needed to take her child out because of her talking.

“My 3-year-old likes to talk in movies, so this service is nice because it makes it not a problem,” says Holm. “Also, I liked that we could go as a family. And the baby was fine.”

As a new mom myself, I was especially interested in this new offering at Consolidated and strolled into the Kapolei 16 Theatre to watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with my baby.

Not only was I able to spend

 

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