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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Internal Monolgoue While Reading a News Brief About the Grand Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana

posted by on July 24 at 13:12 PM

Teenagers are being shown the door at the Grand movie theater if they show up for a late night show.

What? Really? That’s crazy.

Managers with the Lafayette theater on Johnston Street say they have a new policy. That teenagers seventeen and under must have a parent with them to see a movie. No matter what the rating is.

They say it’s to eliminate some of the problems they’ve been having with unsupervised children.

Pshaw. Like what? Little humpin’ in the back row? Little smokin’ in the bathroom?

Back in March, a 15-year old girl was shot near the theater.


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Ban movies! Ban youth! Ban evening!

Posted by Ziggity | July 24, 2007 1:25 PM

Bambi will have that effect on you.

Posted by monkey | July 24, 2007 1:27 PM

Damn it, I hate when I do that.

Bambi will have that affect on you.

Posted by monkey | July 24, 2007 1:28 PM

You had it right the first time, monkey.

Posted by giantladysquirrels | July 24, 2007 1:30 PM

Good for them.

Posted by ecce homo | July 24, 2007 1:38 PM

i was all for that even before i saw the shooting part.

Posted by aarons | July 24, 2007 1:40 PM

I don't see anything wrong with this, they are a theatre not a daycare. Kids under 17 should not be out unsupervised after 10PM. I remember when I was under 17 and I was always up to no good when I was out that late on my own.

Posted by lilblackcat | July 24, 2007 1:45 PM

Banning teenagers from doing certain nighttime things (driving, going to the movies, etc.) guarantees that they will act like complete idiots by the time they turn 21 and are let loose at the clubs. These 21-year-olds have been cooped up for five years doing nothing and then start to make up for lost time.

We should be giving teenagers more freedom, not less. Sheltering them does nothing.

That said, I'm horrified by what happened to that poor girl.

Posted by stupid | July 24, 2007 1:47 PM


Posted by art | July 24, 2007 1:48 PM

But where will they annoy the shit out of everybody?! The theater is the best spot. All they have to do is throw their skittles into the audience and anonymously hit people. Talk loud, laugh loud (not at the film, at the conversation), let their cell phones go off, storm down the aisles, just HAVE A GOOD TIME!!! It's a theater. What are these bitches trying to do anyway? Watch the movie?!

Oh yeah. Fuck teens.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 24, 2007 1:49 PM

#8 Tell it to Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears.

Posted by elswinger | July 24, 2007 1:49 PM

@8- they are already complete idiots, the damage done.

Posted by aarons | July 24, 2007 1:54 PM

Um, I would be curious as to how many teenagers the poster at #8 has.

It is kind of part of the whole 'parenting responsibility 101' that parents help facilitate fun and interesting activities for their older kids. Just because your kid hits 13 and you don't need to hire babysitters to go out doesn't mean the parent's job is over. It is just different and in some ways easier and in others harder.
This rule isn't banning kids from the movies all together, it is banning unsupervised kids. I do have a teenager, and I don't let her run wild. I feel parents that do are irresponsible and doing their children a great disservice.

Posted by lilblackcat | July 24, 2007 2:01 PM

I hate sitting behind obnoxious little brats as much as anyone, but I'm still disturbed by the trend this represents. Raising kids is about training them how to be responsible adults; simply denying them autonomy and access to the adult world until they turn eighteen seems like a profoundly bad strategy.

Posted by tsm | July 24, 2007 2:04 PM

@14- when have they ever had any semblence of autonomy?

Posted by aarons | July 24, 2007 2:11 PM

If only I had some sort of tool to help me shut down irresponsible movie-theater operators......

Posted by Greg Nickkkels | July 24, 2007 2:12 PM

@15 - I don't know how you were raised, but I didn't have my parents around me all the time when I was 16. Think of the kids with ultra-strict parents who OD on freedom (and booze, and other substances) upon going to college and suddenly not having them there telling them what to do anymore. That's what happens to kids who never learn to live without parental supervision.

Posted by tsm | July 24, 2007 2:24 PM

Just because you are a parent supervising a group of teens at a late movie doesn't mean you are going to go and hold their hands. But if it is after a certain hour, it is probably a good idea that at least one parent hangs in the background, maybe sits in the back of the theatre and keeps an eye on things. You would be amazed at how different teens will act when they know they have a parent in the room. Teens have plenty of opportunity in their day to day lives to practice being young adults, and learn responsibility. They can join a sports team, get a PT job, get involved with community clubs or groups. They do NOT need to be running around at all hours, on their own to learn how to be a grown up.

Posted by lilblackcat | July 24, 2007 2:26 PM

18 said it better than i could have.

Posted by aarons | July 24, 2007 2:35 PM

Back in March, a 15-year old girl was shot near the theater.

Near, not in. I don't see the point.

Posted by Jason Josephes | July 24, 2007 3:14 PM

Damn, before you get a car the movies is the only good place to make out in.

That said, I agree with no. 8....17 is almost a legal adult; and the superstrict parents I knew had kids who flipped out the moment they got to college. If they stop being allowed to go anywhere, they will be hanging out on street corners.

Posted by Dianna | July 24, 2007 9:27 PM

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