Mommies’ matinees may be cancelled

The Vogue Theatre has been running a trial series of Movies for Mommies.

  • Dec. 24, 2011 3:00 p.m.

By Rebecca Edwards

The Vogue Theatre has been running a trial series of Movies for Mommies the first Thursday of each month since September, but theatre owner Roxana Djonlich says next Thursday’s matinee will be the last one unless attendance increases dramatically.

Next week’s movies are The Adventures of Tin Tin and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Movies for Mommies have become popular around the world as a way for moms and dads to get out of the house to go to the movies with their napping or nursing baby or toddler.

The movies are for the parents, not the kids, so children attending need to be under three and young enough not to pay attention to the screen.

Djonlich explains: “You have to go expecting that it won’t be a totally silent movie theatre. There are no rules – people can nurse their babies during the screening, one month someone set up a blanket at the front of the theatre for her baby to play on, there might be kids running up and down.

“But it is a chance for moms to get out and see a movie when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to come to a regular screening. When I had my first child and was at home it would have been so nice to go to the movies and meet friends to watch a movie.

“A lot of people told me they were interested, but only a handful of people showed up each month, and we really need 15-20 people to make it worth our while. At the moment we are losing money on it by having the staff at the theatre.”

• Movies for Mommies is at 1pm, Thursday January 5 and adult tickets are $5.50. The movies will be The Adventures of Tin Tin and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Also coming up at The Vogue Theatre on Thursday, January 5 is the Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour 2012, showing the best of the Banff festival with two showings – one at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets on sale now at $15 each.

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