Are Movie Theaters Becoming Babysitters?

How young is too young to drop children off at the movie theater?

My daughter and I went on a movie date to see Ramona and Beezus at the theater (excellent movie, BTW – better than I anticipated).  The movie is rated G, but it truly is a feel good movie that kids off all ages will enjoy; not one of those goofy kid’s movies that parents endure. There were less than a dozen people in the theater that day.

As I was walking in, a woman who appeared to be grandmom said to two little girls who were no more than four and five years old “I’ll stay here until you get into your seats.”  She plunked the two down in the front row, stuffed them with popcorn and soda and away she went – never to return during the entire movie.

Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this picture? What would lead any parental unit to think these two young girls had the capability to handle any situation that would come their way in a dark theater?

I would agree that most movie goers and theaters are perfectly safe.  Most. Though, is it unrealistic to think that a pedophile could attend a movie that is rated G?  Is it safe to say that most viewers are generally engrossed in the movie for which they just paid exorbitant ticket prices and are not paying attention to other people coming and going?

Aside from their physical safety, what about their emotional health? Wouldn’t you want to be available to comfort your child who could be terribly upset by a death scene in a movie? (Sorry if that’s a spoiler for you, it was necessary to point out).

Are movie theaters becoming babysitters?  At what age would you be comfortable dropping your children off at a theater?  Or are we becoming so complacent that we see nothing wrong with this practice?

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