We’ve all known them, and some of us have been them: parents who haven’t been out for a night of fun since the children were born.
A movie theater in Scottsdale is giving cooped-up couples a chance to change that. UltraLuxe Cinemas’ Baby’s Night Out is a monthly screening where new parents may bring their infants to the movies. And the show playing on the screen isn’t some animated kids’ flick; recent films have included “The Help,” “Crazy Stupid Love” and “The Change-Up.”
The idea is to allow parents to view current, big-name movies they want to see, without having to leave the baby at home or worry that an antsy or upset child will disturb other moviegoers.
There’s valet stroller parking outside the auditorium. Inside, lights are dimmed, instead of completely darkened, so parents can see their children. The usually deafening volume is turned down, so that sounds aren’t as hard on tiny ears. And — wait for it — changing tables are set up inside the theater, so parents don’t have to miss part of the movie because of diaper issues.
“New parents often miss out on seeing the latest Hollywood movies because they don’t want to bring the baby out of courtesy to other guests,” said Julie Bravo, spokeswoman for UltraStar Cinemas, in an email. “We created this program to cater specifically to new moms and dads, providing a comforting environment where crying, feeding and diaper changing is not only allowed, it is expected.”
Sitting through a movie with the potential for tears, pureed peas and poop all being unleashed the next seat over doesn’t sound all that fun, but for some parents — especially those who don’t have a strong support network of trusted babysitters — there’s definite appeal. They’d be dealing with all those things at home anyway, so why not do it at the movies, where at least you get to go somewhere together, be among peers, save the babysitting fee and worry, and — perhaps for the first time in a long time — be able to chime in next time talk among friends or co-workers turns to the latest movies.
Baby’s Night Out movies are screened at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions, 9090 E. Indian Bend Road. The theater also hosts Parent Movie Morning, the daytime equivalent of Baby’s Night Out, at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Admission to the screenings is $5.75 for adults; children younger than 4 are free. For information, see www.ultrastarmovies.com or call (480) 302-6055.
Calls to theaters closer to the East Valley didn’t turn up any similar grown-up geared outings, but AMC Theatres offer Sensory Friendly Films once per month for families with special-needs children. The screenings feature brighter light and lower volume than typical movies, and it’s OK for children to make noise and get out of their seats. “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D” shows at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at AMC Mesa Grande 24, 1647 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa. For information, visit www.amctheatres.com/MesaGrand or call (480) 503-1680.
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