Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Kids and cinema

Do you remember how old you were when you first went to the cinema? N and I have been thinking lately of taking Elliot. Is three too young for the cinema? We've taken him to a play before and he only tried speaking a few times during it. He sits through the Pixar Cars film fairly well. If it's some Disney/Pixar film than it'd be OK if a three year old chatted through some bits, right? We didn't have a specific film in mind, of course. Just a thought.

N's first film at the cinema was way back in the day when there were still intervals. I didn't realise there was ever a time when intervals took place. He saw The Fox and the Hound. Me, I was 6. It was two weeks before my 7th birthday and my dad, brother and I saw Batman. I know all this because someone kept the ticket stubs for me. I can't imagine my mom or dad being that sentimental about it, but for as long as I can remember, the movie stubs have been kept in our family photo album along with my brother's first place ribbon for a mental maths competition and one year's Easter photos with the Easter bunny. It's funny the things that were kept from our childhood.


  1. I am impressed by the price of the tickets! I paid £6.50 to see Twilight before Christmas. I am obviously going to the wrong cinema!

  2. I don't know if this was my first movie, but I have a memory of being quite young and seeing The Return of the Jedi and being terrified of the Emperor.

  3. We took our daughter to see Curious George. It was her first movie. She was 3 1/2. She did pretty good. Just go to a show you know will be full of kids. Then you can relax if he makes a bit of noise- he won't be the only one!

  4. Btw, now I feel old. I remember going to Batman in 1989. I was in junior high. The theatre I saw it in has been torn down since.

    I think my first movie was either ET or Escape to Witch Mountain.

  5. I remember seeing The litle mermaid at the cinema I must have been about 8? I think that was the 1st time!

    The odeon do special events for children under 5. Special viewings so if they don't sit down.. it's not so bad as there ar eother children around doing the same!

    I must take my sunshine this year :) x

  6. I remember seeing Bambi in the theater. I don't remember how old I was, must of been 3 or 4. The second movie I remember is Fox and the Hound and I was in Kindergarden then, so I was 5ish.

    I think as long as its a kids movie that he wants to see he should be fine!

  7. Mine was The Jungle Book when I was six and I can remember dropping orange sucker on my white cardigan! My Dad had told me that if I didn't behave, a policeman would come and get me, so I stayed still all through the film. Strange what you remember...

  8. I was five. We went to see [oops, blogger seems to have eaten that bit].

    I recently took my just-six-year-old son to the cinema for the first time. We sat in the back row (!) to see The Tale of Despereaux. It was great. Small boy was great. He shuffled a few times, and kept whispering questions to me, but it was a lovely experience, and one I look forward to repeating.

    I wouldn't take my three-nearly-four-year-old; but it does, of course, depend on the child (and the film), and I'd be very interested to hear how you get on.

  9. I LOVED hearing about all of your first movies at the cinema! I think we're going to go for it and take Elliot to something this summer maybe. I'll keep you updated!


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