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Old 04-15-2019, 08:56 AM
 
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The article said someone complained of a crying baby. If his giggling sounded like crying, the complaint seems valid. Who wants to listen to a crying baby for 20 seconds? It's a reasonably long period of time if it happens repeatedly.

Now, having said that, obviously this wasn't a crying baby. So many variables come into play. Was the complainer an uptight person sitting next to them who was nasty and uncomfortable with a disabled child? Was the complainer all the way on the other side of the theater and the boy's giggles were loud, sounded distressed, and irritating?

I have a disabled son (autism), and I never took him to the theaters as a child for the same reasons Pogue Mahone mentions. We made at-home movie time a fun event and he never missed the theater experience because he never knew what it was. Sometimes you really have to consider other people.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:13 AM
 
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The public has special needs too. We need quiet movie theaters. We pay for it. We're entitled to it.

Besides, I don't believe it was only two little giggles. It had to be a lot of disruptions before theater-goers even started to complain. The theater, it seems, did everything possible to appease this woman, but apparently being angry and venting on Facebook held more interest for her.

The good news -- mama claims she won't go to a movie theater again. Hallelujah!
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I suspect it may be a case of mom becoming desensitized to the noises that her son makes, and not realizing how disruptive they are to others who are not accustomed to hearing them.
I agree.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:36 AM
 
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This is a sad situation, but this mother is going to have to get used to this. She seemed truly surprised.

The news video said "several" customers complained.

And she was offered a private showing, which seems to be going above and beyond.

It's not like she was scolded, or ridiculed, it seems like everyone was sensitive.

But no, you don't want to sit through an entire movie with something that sounds like a crying baby the whole time.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:57 AM
 
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"Quiet movie theater?" What's that? Every time I go to the movies these days, I am amazed at how loud the sound system is. It's enough for me to bring earplugs so that my ears aren't ringing by the end of the movie. A giggling kid - even a loudly giggling kid - is barely going to be noticed, especially at a kids' movie.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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As usual, the mother couldn't wait to post this on social media. Plus, the theater refunded her money and offered a special screening.

Beyond that, I think it's sad. The child was laughing. Isn't that the idea?

And, again, three more people who didn't see Dumbo. Disney must be thrilled.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:49 AM
 
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With surround sound, dvds and widescreen TVs, why do we need movie theaters?
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:03 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I agree, M&m, Dumbo is for kids, it would be strange not to have a giggling kid at the show. People are too uptight.
I suspect that the 'giggling' was an understatement. I agree that a kid's movie is going to have a lot more noise from the children than a mainstream film for adults.

I was once in a theater to see a PG-13 (maybe even R-rated) comedy, and a large group of mentally disabled young adults were led in on a group outing. I didn't give it a second thought until about 5 minutes in when several of them started wailing, laughing, crying, it was hard to tell. I thought they would calm down, but it continued and I could barely hear the dialogue. I had to get my money back.

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With surround sound, dvds and widescreen TVs, why do we need movie theaters?
It is hard to believe someone might like a different experience than you, huh?
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:16 PM
 
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First instinct is to post it all over social media. I really dislike social media.

Dislike it so much that you have close to 12,000 posts on this site?
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Dislike it so much that you have close to 12,000 posts on this site?
I donít mind these forums as I have nice discussions with most the folks here. I dislike the other platforms (that Iím not allowed to name here). Those other platforms arenít much about having discussion. This site is not like those others at all.
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