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Grand Cinemas bans kids in UAE theatres after 7pm

Multiplex also asking for ID proof from teens for 15+ and 18+ films in its 23 megaplexes and 180 screens across UAE

  • By Anjana Kumar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 23:53 July 18, 2012

  • Image Credit: Oliver Clarke/Xpress
  • Families buying tickets for the cinema at Ibn Batuta mall. Grand Theatres are banning children from all cinemas and megaplexes across the UAE after 7pm. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Dubai Grand Cinemas has banned children under five years from attending film shows after 7pm, XPRESS can reveal.

Children below five years are not allowed to watch any movie (even G-rated films) in the evening in any of Grand Cinemas’ 23 Megaplexes and 180  screens across the UAE.

A notice placed in front of Ibn Batuta’s Grand Megaplex, forewarned movie goers: “Any children under the age of 5 years are not allowed after 7pm even for the General (G) rated movies with the exception of animated movies (Internal Policy)."

Andy Fordham, Technical & Digital Cinemas Project Director, Grand Cinemas told XPRESS this company-wide policy had been there for a while, but people tend to flout the rules. “We recommend families take their children below five to movies with approved ratings before 7pm as after this time, it is a whole new environment at the movie theatres. Sometimes we get complaints of children making noise in the theatres and therefore recommend parents to adhere to this.”

Fordham said: “There are times when we have to stop people from getting their children to halls late in the evening. From a medical perspective, it is not advisable to expose infants to loud sounds.”

Meanwhile, the multiplex has also begun asking for ID proof from teens for 15+ and 18 + films.

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“Children and teenagers always try and get into 15+ and 18+ movies and say they left their IDs at home. Hence, if we are unsure of anyone's age in relation to their eligibility to watch a movie, we ask for photo ID with proof of age at the ticket counters,” said Fordham.
Indian Vanathi Mohanakrishnan welcomed the policy. “My son who is three years old is yet to see a movie in a theatre. I do not want to take him to a film in a theatre until he gets a better understanding of what movies are all about. With high audible sounds and children becoming tired towards evening, they can make a lot of noise.  It is best to keep them away from movies at that time.”

Pakistani Razia Kader on the other hand said her two children aged 3+ and 2+ love to watch Bollywood films in cinema halls. “Having said that, children normally get restless towards evening and it is best to avoid taking them after 7pm into a theatre.




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  1. Added 17:26 July 19, 2012

    Finally, this is great news. Wish all the other cinemas would follow suit as well. It is really annoying and unfair to paying movie goers to have to put up with other people's kids talking, screaming, etc during movies! And many selfish parents don't seem to care one bit that their kids are disturbing other people who just want to relax and enjoy their time out. Kudos to the management!!

    Dave Burns, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:52 July 19, 2012

    My office ends at 5pm and I reach home till 6pm, How can I take my son to watch movie before 7pm except Friday? which is a very busy day..

    Faisal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:35 July 19, 2012

    This is ridiculous, people with kids can't go to watch movies even if they want to. All this concern is only after 7PM - how come? Are they playing mute movies in day time? Let the parents decide what is right and wrong for the their children not the cinemas. Moreover if I am not wrong they are allowing kids for animated movies after 7 PM, sound audibles are as high as any any other movie.

    Vj, DXB, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:08 July 19, 2012

    Good one. My wish to keep this rules in India also.

    Ganesh , Chennai , India

  5. Added 12:57 July 19, 2012

    Finally! After a long wait, a rule such as this is finally implemented. They should really leave it to children 10 years and below, but oh well.. Good job!

    Salem, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:43 July 19, 2012

    This is definitely a good move, both for the audience who won't be distracted by them and for the children as well.

    Sherin Thomas, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:24 July 19, 2012

    Well I really don't understand who gave this expert advise to the Grand Cinemas, now they are preventing a large section of the society to watch the movie and definitely this will encourage piracy... People like me are very particular against kids making noise in theatres, and feel theatres should have separate rows for families with kids so that others are not disturbed.

    Faisal , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:23 July 19, 2012

    It will be a great relief. Many a times me n my fiance have been to movies especially Hindi movies and families tend to bring kids who are noisy and running up n down the stairs...n their parents are unable to handle them, while the poor public has to tolerate their disturbance throughout the movie time.

    kanwal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:15 July 19, 2012

    The ban shud be removed as my kid is four months old and is ok to see movie in the therate, We are working, so for us only shows after 7pm is possible

    yakbak, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:08 July 19, 2012

    A good move! People will finally begin to enjoy a movie minus the irritating screeches and fuss often made by kids during a movie. I support this move 100%.

    Sam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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