Movies with babysitting: an idea I can really support

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Two weeks ago, my husband and I settled into our theater seats - with pizza and coffee - to watch the first movie we'd seen in over six months. This was saying something, considering we used to go together as a date nearly every week before we had a child.

Movies were important to us, so we'd tried to take Binx when he was a wee little one. He slept in the sling through half of Batman Returns, but I'd never noticed before how skull-jarringly loud movies are. I spent the second half walking in the aisle at the side of the theater, where I could still see the screen but keep Binx in motion and breastfeed him without some teenager staring down my back in the stadium style seating.

So Walk The Line with Martin alone was an incredible treat. Thanks to The Academy.

Via urban mamas, I learned of The Academy Theater, a beautifully restored/renovated historic theater virtually in my neighborhood that serves delicious pizza and microbrewed beer. But the best part? It offers babysitting. For $5 a child, you can drop your child off with a babysitter, ensconced in a cheerfully decorated but obscure room that can't be seen from the lobby, and go see a movie all alone. They take a Polaroid of you with your baby, and you sign in and out.

While we watched the movie, Binx played with an 8-and-a-half-month-old girl and had a roaring good time with the foam basketball thingy in the babysitting room. The little girl's dad saw the same movie we did. He was alone, not even on a date. What a great idea for an inexpensive way to get a break if you're just really tired.

Are there other theaters like this? And if not, why not? This is such an idea whose time has come. If you have one near you, patronize it, please! We want this to stay.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.