Activity #9: Go to the theater where crying is allowed

Baby-friendly theaters? Yes, please.

We sure love our DVRs and Netflix, but refuse to give up on going to the theater. Did you know some theaters also have special showings for new parents? These showings have different names in different cities, but the idea that yours will not (most likely) be the loudest baby in the movie theater is the common thread.


I thought I was pretty magical when I sat in a movie theater while doing my first in public breastfeeding (without crying!) when Julian was 5 weeks old. (This mistakenly led Heather, my 19-weeks pregnant escort, to believe that nursing is easy.) Both of our firstborns were frequent attendees of “Baby Brigade” during their first year.

Stroller matinees are a good early outing for freaked out new parents. Crying is totally allowed.

This is your ninth weekly rookie mom challenge. Even if you cannot find a mom and baby movie in your area, consider taking a risk on an 11 am showing. Heather and I brought baby Milo to Knocked Up while I was super pregnant with Scarlett. We saw the first show of the day and only one other person was in the theater. Milo stayed in his carseat for much of the movie and when he got sick of that, Heather held him up on her lap facing the movie.  The volume at the theater is much louder than any grunting or fussing that tiny babies do.

Rookie Moms Challenge: Take baby to a movie. A list of baby-friendly showings around the country.

  • In LA, Monday Morning Mommy Movies are shown weekly at 11:00 am at the Grove, Culver City, Glendale, and Northridge.
  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, try The New Parkway in Oakland for “Baby Brigade” showings; and the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito theater for “Bringing Up Baby”.
  • Camera Cinemas in Campbell, CA has both Diaper Days and Diaper Date Nights for new parents who want to see movies.
  • AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD welcomes parents to “Silver Babies,” with shows one Friday morning a month.
  • Showcase Cinemas in MA, RI, and the tri-state area (including Long Island) does “Baby Pictures” on select Thursdays.
  • In Fairfax, VA, the Mosaic offers Cry Baby Matinees on Mondays at 11 am
  • Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX has a bunch of Baby Days and requests that you don’t bring a baby to other showings!
  • In Plano, Texas, The Angelika presents Cry Baby Matinee on Thursdays

Have you done this outing? Please tell us where!

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photos: theater interior Associated Press