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#1 ~Pooky~

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:42 PM

My nearly 4 year old is terrified of the movies

Im wondering if anyone else has come across this with their child?

Jessy wants to go to the movies - she helps pick the movie gets excited lines up with me, gets the popcorn etc and its all good

but the minute we walk in the room where the movie is about to start playing ( each time nothing has started yet) - she freaks out and starts screaming "get me out of here"

weve tried twice now and the same thing happens - so off we go to get a refund for the ticket and go home

I thought once maybe we didnt explain it properly but this time i really sat down with her and the same thing happened. Ive asked her what it is she doesnt like and she said the dark

There were alot of kiddies there younger then Jessy and im wondering if this is normal at all?

Im happy just not to take her if she obviously isnt going to enjoy it

It seems a shame though but if its not her thing fine

but should I be worried?

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p.s: she also seems to hate live "shows" like the wiggles and "playschool" etc. No problem riding a wave in the surf, waterslides or rides that go fast or going up to pat animals etc its just indoor show things - it seems to be enclosed indoor things
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 09:46 PM

I remembered being terrified at the movies well into childhood. Something about the dark, cooped up space and, later, fear of fire and not getting to the exit.

Not sure how to overcome it. Sorry.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:05 AM

Keira went to the movies recently with her best friend and her mother, so I am not actually sure just how she did. When she came home she said it was okay, but I have mentioned going to the movies a few times since then and she starts to get a little upset, saying that she didnt like it and that it was scary (She saw Tangled with her friend) So I am not going to try and take her if she isnt going to like it. I am guessing it was a little bit loud for her and being in the big dark cinema with the huge screen would be a bit scary. Keira, like Jessy is fine with live shows. Maybe as they get older they will grow to enjoy the movies. Thinking I should of went along to the Mums and bubs sessions when she was younger to get her used to it!!
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 08:46 AM

QUOTE(claire_p @ Mar 21 2011, 07:05 AM) View Post

Keira went to the movies recently with her best friend and her mother, so I am not actually sure just how she did. When she came home she said it was okay, but I have mentioned going to the movies a few times since then and she starts to get a little upset, saying that she didnt like it and that it was scary (She saw Tangled with her friend) So I am not going to try and take her if she isnt going to like it. I am guessing it was a little bit loud for her and being in the big dark cinema with the huge screen would be a bit scary. Keira, like Jessy is fine with live shows. Maybe as they get older they will grow to enjoy the movies. Thinking I should of went along to the Mums and bubs sessions when she was younger to get her used to it!!


It would be daunting for a child to go into a dark movie theatre when they arent used to it

I wish I had of taken Jessy also to mums and bubs ! I was working the days it was on. definitely its worth doing I think

Jess doesnt like live shows either

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 01:46 PM

I don't have any experience with this, but could it possibly be the noise? As an adult, I find cinemas and some shows can be really loud, it it maybe overwhelming for her?

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 03:31 PM

Being so loud and dark I can see how it would be scary to a little one. I would just try again when she's older.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:53 PM

QUOTE(Carolyn @ Mar 21 2011, 02:46 PM) View Post

I don't have any experience with this, but could it possibly be the noise? As an adult, I find cinemas and some shows can be really loud, it it maybe overwhelming for her?


HI Carolyn I can see how the noise would be a problem for some kids - but she starts getting scared the minute we walk in and there is "nothing" playing

Its like enclosed spaces and dark she doesnt like

Ill try in about a year and see how we go smile.gif

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:10 PM

My son was scared at the movies the first few times he went. It was the noise for him though and he left after the 20 mins the first time. He's been about 5 times now (all with my mum, bless her) and he loves it now though still climbs onto her lap in loud or particularly dark parts wub.gif

I think trying again in a year or so is a good idea. Also, look out for short kids movies they have on on Saturday mornings. They seem to be on fairly regularly and are aimed at pre-schoolers and are shorter in duration (more so than Disney movies like Tangled, etc).
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:25 PM

maybe you could try taking her in when you know the previews are already on, that way it wouldnt be just a big dark room & she might then be happy to quickly jump in to a seat & watch the show.
You said she doesn't like live shows, so it could be an enclosed space thing, or even a 'too many people' thing.

good luck with it. nothing wrong with waiting for DVD & snuggling up on the couch to catch a movie anyway!
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE(chickie @ Mar 21 2011, 07:25 PM) View Post

maybe you could try taking her in when you know the previews are already on, that way it wouldnt be just a big dark room & she might then be happy to quickly jump in to a seat & watch the show.
You said she doesn't like live shows, so it could be an enclosed space thing, or even a 'too many people' thing.

good luck with it. nothing wrong with waiting for DVD & snuggling up on the couch to catch a movie anyway!



LOL yep thats what we do and she said she prefers this so we will just run with that

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:26 PM

OH GOODNESS YOU HAVE JUST SCARED ME. I am taking Aidan to the movies for the first time next week to see Cars 2 he has been asking all the time to see it. However we are going to mums and bubs session. From what i understand the lights aren't turned down as much and the volume isnt too loud, so i am thinking this is a good starting point
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 03:42 PM

I would just say she isn't ready to go to the movies. I can imagine it could be an overwhelming experience. Loud, dark with lots of strangers.

Annabelle is about to turn 3 and nowhere near ready to take to the movies. She has yet to sit in front of the TV at home for that long (although maybe its different at the movies) but also has a habit of wondering off which I could see her doing in the cinemas.
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 03:17 PM

Hamish was fine until he saw a movie that had a scary bit, The Gnomeo and Juliet movie - and now he wont go. I'm just not taking him until he says he wants to.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:41 PM

Brianna was scared of the dark at the movies and what I found helped was some glow in the dark jewelry from the $2 shop smile.gif

You can get a tube of 50 or so glowsticks for $2 so you have a few to experiment with.

Bracelet on each hand (so she can see what she's touching, where the popcorn is etc) and make a necklace by joining a few small ones together and she has her own dim light that doesn't disturb others at the movies (because she's small in the seat anyway biggrin.gif)

Show her what they do at home when it's bedtime and let her come up with the idea to try them to get rid of the dark at the movies wink.gif

"Wow these are great at making the dark go away! Do you think it works for different dark? The cupboard, under the bed etc yes it does! Where else could we try it? Where could we go outside the house to try it? The movies would be a great idea! we can take our special Jessie lights to see...."

Otherwise the mums and bubs sessions have the lights only partly dimmed and lower volume or you could wait until she wants to go herself


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