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It’s Movie Time, Baby!

I just learned that E Street Cinema eliminated the Rattle & Reel program, the weekly film screening geared  toward parents with small babies. Word has it that low attendance and strollers becoming a fire hazard were the reasons.

But it’s not the end of baby-friendly movies altogether. Several local cinemas host weekly and bi-weekly showings for film-goers with babes in tow. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, these are screenings where parents can watch a flick without worrying that their crying infant is disturbing other guests, because, chances are, those other movie patrons are concentrating on their own wailing child. Also, the lights are dim, not dark, and the volume is lower than normal.  (For more about the concept, see this post.) And while there are no hard-and-fast rules, these programs generally seem to be for babies around 6 months and under.

Those of us with older kids are in luck as well. Special summer movie series for families have begun or are about to begin at local theaters and a couple of outdoor venues.  These weekly programs invite guests to view films on the very cheap and sometimes even for free!

Here’s a list of local theaters offering baby-friendly and summer family screenings.  If you know of any others, feel free to mention them in the comments section, and I’ll add them to the list.

Regal Cinemas Potomac Yards
What: Mommy & Me (don’t let the name fool ya — all caregivers welcome)
When: Every other Tuesday at 10am (next up is Hangover II on June 14)
Tickets: $9 regular matinee price

AFI Silver Theatre
What: Silver Babies
When: Fridays at 10:30am
Tickets: $8.50

The Movies at Montgomery Mall
What: Movies & Moms
When: Wednesdays at 10am
Tickets: “Classic” movies are free; New movies are $5, kids 5 and under are free

The Majestic (Regal Majestic 20 in Silver Spring)
What: Movie Moms Club
When: Wednesdays, first two matinees
Tickets: $8.75, $7.75/ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and under

Regal Summer Movie Express
What: Family movies at Regal Theaters
When: Tuesdays & Wednesday at 10am starting June 28 (check website for schedules)
Tickets: $1

Noma Summer Screen
What: Outdoor movies – L Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue NE
When: Wednesday evenings, food starts at 7pm, movie starts at 9pm
Tickets: Free

Movies on the Potomac
What: Outdoor movies at the National Waterfront
When: Sunday evenings June 12 – September 4
Tickets: Free

Summer Film Series @ The Atlas
What: Family Series
When: Saturdays at 5pm July 2 – September 3
Tickets: Free, but there is a $2 booking fee


Filed under Babies, DC, Free, Gradeschoolers, Maryland, Movies, Outdoor, Preschoolers, Summer, Toddlers

Big Screen Baby

Remember that movie with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves? Not “Speed,” but the one that jumps back and forth in time and is completely unrealistic and ridiculously sappy? Yeah, I figured you wouldn’t. It’s called “The Lake House.” And I actually liked it, absurd time-traveling storyline, saccharine movie moments, Keanu’s acting, and all.

But there’s a little background to this: It was the first movie I saw in a theater after Owen was born, as well as Owen’s first movie in a theater…ever. It was one of those Reel Moms matinees that used to play weekly at the Georgetown Lowes—a special showing where babies were welcome, so moms could enjoy a flick without worrying about finding a babysitter, timing feedings, or bothering other moviegoers with a wailing infant. And for someone like me who went to the movies regularly in my pre-child days, it was a couple of hours of luxury during the chaos of a huge life change and anxiety of being a new parent. They probably could have shown “Glitter,” and I would have sat mesmerized, eating up every bit of dialogue and planning my own Oscar campaign for Mariah Carey.

Georgetown no longer hosts the program, but the concept is not lost forever. If you’re a movie-buff parent at home with with your new babe and you’re jonesing for a multiplex fix, here’s some good news: The E Street Cinema is getting ready to launch its Rattle and Reel program. Starting this Wednesday, May 19, the theater will host special screenings for caregivers and babies every week at 11am. This week’s showing is “Please Give,” described as a “perceptive—and devastatingly funny—take on modern life’s contradictions, good intentions and shaky moral bearings.” Tickets for adults are the regular $10 price (free admission for babies), and can be purchased day-of at the box office. (SUMMER UPDATE: The Rattle & Reel program is on hold until the fall!)

And E Street isn’t the only theater extending the infant invite—Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse does a Mommy & Me “second run” movie showing every Tuesday at 1:30pm. Tickets are $5.50 for adults, babies are free. The movie schedule is determined weekly. And despite the name, dads are more than welcome, too. (JANUARY 2011 UPDATE: Arlington Cinema Drafthouse no longer does the Mommy and Me Movies.)

In Silver Spring, the Regal Majestic 20 has the Movie Mom’s Club every Wednesday around 12:30pm. Call 301.565.8884 to find out what’s playing.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!


Filed under Babies, Theatre