Movie-goers in R-rated films will no longer hear the sound of babbling babies and testy toddlers under a new policy.
Beginning Friday, Classic Cinemas will ban children under the age of 6 from seeing R-rated films even if they’re with their parents or guardians, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The regional movie theatre chain also will eliminate discounted tickets for children between the ages of 6 and 11. These kids will need a full-price ticket to watch R-rated films.
Classic Cinemas believes the change will improve the quality of the movie-going experience for older crowds.
“It is not my place to dictate what parents allow their kids to do, but the question is where do you stop?” said
Chris Johnson, vice president of operations, told the Chicago Tribune that it isn't his place to tell parents what to allow their kids to do. But some children get bored during the movies and disrupt other people, he said.
Reviews of the policy have been good, according to Johnson, with only a few critics.
Classic Cinemas has 13 theatres in northern Illinois.