The following blog is not an advertisement, just an honest review of our experience.
Back in October, my husband took ‘J’ to a Disney Jr event at the movie theater. We thought it would be a great way to test out the movie going experience with our then 3.5 year old. The event was showing Halloween episodes of some of his favorite shows and he’d be able to dress in his Woody costume. Sounds like a win right?
Once he turned down the dark hallway to the theater, he ran the other way. After attempting to get him back, including FaceTiming with me, we decided he wasn’t ready. We eventually added this to the list of red flags we had when figuring out his Sensory Processing Difficulties.
Regal Cinemas has a fantastic summer event; Summer Movie Express: $1 Movies all summer long! Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Regal will show previously run/older movies. Both days will offer the same two movies but they change weekly.
We decided to give the movie theater experience another try. I was talking with a friend and we met up on Wednesday to check it out. Between us we have four kids: two are age 4, one is 2 and one is 1.5. So we definitely didn’t know how this would go!
‘J’ was doing great until we entered the theater. The lights were dim, it was a room he had never been in and he froze. Our friends sat down and we were hanging out in the entryway to the theater as he told me that he wanted to go home. After some time, some reminders of the snack stash I had in my bag and emoji games showing up on the big screen, we slowly made our way to our seats. We were there to see Sing, a current favorite. I did not expect to make it through the movie expecting he might get too overwhelmed or his sister would get way too fussy (after missing her morning nap).
I was amazed that we made it to the credits! All four of them did great. There was some fussiness here and there, some switching seats, but overall, it was a success! I still can’t believe it and it’s two days later.
Thank you Regal for creating an experience where parents feel comfortable in the theater (since its a morning movie filled with other kids) and a price point that eases the pain of possibly needing a quick exit at any moment.
I don’t think ‘J’ is all in on movies just yet, but perhaps a few more summer days at Regal and we may be ready for new releases soon!