The kids stay at the picture |

The kids stay at the picture

ANNA BLOOM, Of the Record staff

A movie night sounds like a fun family trip, but, unfortunately, for families with young children it can be difficult. Dark theatres and surround-sound high-volume noises can startle young children. Sobs ensue, and suddenly, it’s not just the child who is disturbed, but an entire audience. Mom and dad take baby out into the hall to settle down, missing the film, and losing their money’s worth.

Liz Myers, a member of the Park City Moms Group, is mother to a two-year-old daughter Kate and a four-year-old son, Ben. She says the Moms Group has rented out theaters for special screenings over the years to create a less threatening environment for kids, but that can get costly. "I avoided taking my kids to regular shows it’s loud and dark," she admits. "You always wonder if you’re going to have to leave."

The Myers, and the Moms Group, are not alone.

James Pope, director of operations at Redstone 8 Cinemas, says screenings for parents are already happening in Salt Lake City’s Megaplex theaters. The Redstone theatre is part of a larger resort chain, Metropolitan/Rocky Mountain Cinemas LLC, and Village 8 Cinema, a sister theatre in Whistler, British Columbia, has already introduced the concept to its customers.

"Park City has a big family base and a lot of parents have been requesting this," Pope says.

Billed as a "Mom and Tot Tuesdays," Redstone 8 Cinema will show "Bee Movie" at 10 a.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 6, to give families the opportunity to take in a film without the hassle. The lights in the theater will be brighter and the volume on the speakers will be lowered.

The price of a ticket to the show will be $5.50. If the Tuesday screening of "Bee Movie" draws a crowd large enough for the theater to break even, Pope says he will continue to offer G and PG-rated movie screenings on a weekly basis.

The animated "Bee Movie" was written and stars comedian Jerry Seinfeld opposite actress Renee Zellweger. Seinfeld is the voice of Berry, a bee who has recently graduated collage and seeks more than the job that is expected of him in New Hive City. Redstone 8 Cinemas is located at 6030 N. Market St. in the Redstone Towne Center at Kimball Junction. For details, call (435) 575-0220.

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