How Young is Too Young for the Movie Theater?

The other day, my wife and I went to go see Thor: Ragnarok after dropping our son off at daycare. We were really looking forward to it since we haven’t had many opportunities to go to a movie together since our son was born.

Overall, I think we had a really good time. The movie was good – filled with a ton of action and funny lines, but the Dr. Strange cameo was a bit odd I thought – the tickets were cheap, and we devoured a delicious bucket of buttery popcorn.

One thing that caught us both off guard, however, was the fact that someone had brought their young child in to the theater with them. Mind you, I’m not completely opposed to bringing children with you to the theater. I’ve seen mom’s bring their sleeping infants into movies, bundled up against their chest as they catch a matinee.

The difference between these two experiences was the fact the mom who had the infant brought the baby to a quiet drama which barely rose above indoor whispering, as opposed to this mom who brought a toddler to an explosion-filled action flick.

I’m not the type of person who’ll tell another parent how to raise their child, but every time there was fighting on the screen or something exploded, the child erupted into a frenzy of screaming and shouting. The content of the movie was obviously upsetting to the kid, but I don’t think the parents took the toddler out of the theater once, they just let him cry.

I felt like the parents thought the movie was more important than their child, his happiness, or the consideration for the other moviegoers.

My wife was more distracted by it than me, but I couldn’t help but think that perhaps that child was too young to be at the theater, or at the very least, in that movie.

It also made me wonder, what is the appropriate age to bring your child to the theater? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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