BABIES MATINEES at the Rex are over. From April babies are banned for, among other things, being under age. Not an easy decision.
Matinees included babies from the outset in 2005. The experiment proved difficult, too many complaints. so late in 2007 we had to restrict babies to Tuesdays only.
It was included in the programme for young mums & dads to enjoy their first six months of bewilderment with a popular grown-up film at the Rex.
Here, for a few short hours, they could be reminded that the world they had left was still here.
It became, a meeting place, an escape into the latest films everybody (else) was talking about.
Now, due to a combination of whingeing, bitching, snitching and the law, it is over.
Whingeing: some without babies, upstairs would rarely miss the chance to complain, even though Tuesdays matinees declare “might contain babies” and DO, DOES, DID!
Bitching: as above but with the added missionary misery of Rex staff, who have enjoyed collecting still-warm nappies from under tables, and who put up with difficult first time mothers with armoured tanks (prams) and a not always helpful attitude as they spread everything from the tank, everywhere.
Snitching: Those who threatened us with the Authorities if little-faces turn up in prams for a 15 certificate. Clearly babies 0to6 months are under 15. Thank you for such moral vigilance. There’s only so much whingeing bitching and snitching from all sides, one can take. Eight years of it is enough.
Finally, the Law, with little to resemble intelligence, decrees: only 12A, PG, U Certs with little or no adult bite, can be screened when babies are present.
Sorry babies and parents your time is up. However, Saturday kids matinees are always under Certificate 15. So providing you can resist all of the headings above, take your warm nappies etc home, and leave the tanks outside, you’re welcome.
All matinees will start at 2pm.