Movie Theatres

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/1999 - 11:06am
LauraP's picture
Joined: 03/10/1999 - 09:00

How many of you take your children to movie theatres? If you are an allergic adult, have you ever had a problem in a movie theatre? I'd like to take my son to a movie, but I'm concerned with all the candy and treats all over the place....with the seats being contaminated and people munching in confined areas for two hour periods. What do you all think?

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 12:12am
Tina H.'s picture
Joined: 10/13/1999 - 09:00

One more thing...
There has been no other evidence that she is smell sensitive. Her school is not peanut free. She just sits at a peanut free table, and says the smell of peanut butter at school does not bother her.

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 1:54am
mom2two's picture
Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

have you tried a different theatre? It could be something in the air there that she is sensitive too, a cleaning product, etc.
Also, she may not just be anticipating being sick and now its sort of psychosomatic?
doesn't sound like its related to peanut allergies though.

Posted on: Wed, 08/02/2000 - 3:57am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Here in Boston during the summer we have something called Free Friday Flicks. Every Friday when the sun goes down, the Metropolitan District Commission shows a movie on the famous Hatch Shell. You put a blanket down and you can pack a picnic dinner. I thought I would post this for people in the Boston area to read because it is an alternative to a closed in theatre. I haven't taken my PA son because he's too young, but I have taken my (non PA) niece and had a really good time.

Posted on: Wed, 08/02/2000 - 10:54pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Tina H.,
I have taken my 2 year old to the movies about three times and have not had any problems (with the exception of him asking, "whazzat?" about a million times). My first suggestion, although you probably already have, is to check out that theatre. Did they serve loose peanuts or was it all that candy bar residue? I know several people here take little hand wipes and clean down the arm rests. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid that peanut odor. Heather makes a good suggestion. I know in my town, in the summer, they show movies on the town common. It's not the same thing as actually going to the movies-I know [img][/img] Also, I always take my son during off-peak hours. I save about $10 that way and I don't have to worry about people scarfing down peanut butter cups all around us. Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 12:57am
morgansmom's picture
Joined: 04/29/2000 - 09:00

I hate movie theatres!!! ...but my daughter loves them! It's not because of the PA it's because of her milk allergy. There is buttered popcorn all over the place. We have yet to go to the theatres without a reaction. I cover her entire seat and arm rests with a blanket. The last was the worst, her entire hand swelled up with hives and looked like a toad.

Posted on: Fri, 02/18/2000 - 5:01am
Donnamarie's picture
Joined: 11/16/1999 - 09:00

Actually this is a question that hits very close to home. My son had a severe allergy to corn--and the smell of popcorn would throw him into a serious asthma attack!!! But once the asthma settled down, we allowed him to go to the movies (with US as supervisors, of course), but we do have a few safety rules: (1) I drape my coat over his seat, to ensure that he doesn't get contact with anything serious. (2) He is NEVER allowed to pick ANYTHING off the floor -- goodness knows that there could be anything down there! (3) We always bring our own snacks. If you are afraid of not seeing his symptoms, you could always sit in the back (it makes for a quick exit), and bring a small flashlight so you can see. Have fun!

Posted on: Sat, 02/19/2000 - 1:14pm
Momma Kitty's picture
Joined: 04/04/1999 - 09:00

I worry about this too. My pa daughter, now 5, was 3 for her 1st movie. These are the precautiuons we take: I go in early and wipe her(and my) seat, seat back, arms, sides, underneath etc. down with the new clorox wipes. She is not allowed to walk around on the floor then put her shoes up on the seat. I look for an area that appears clean, usually sit in the back, end aisle, brighter lighting. And we bring our own snacks/drinks. It may seem a little neurotic but we must take all precautions when trying to live "normal" lives. Good luck.

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/1999 - 11:21am
dhumphries's picture
Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

I have taken my two year old to the movies three times along with his six year old non allergic sister. I bring my own snacks and make him sit in my lap the entire time, which is quite a challenge. However, getting any two year old to sit through an entire movie is a big challenge to most everyone!
I would go and let your child enjoy the experience. Don't expect it to be such an enjoyable experience for yourself, because you have to keep a constant watch. But I do believe that we need to let our children have normal experiences, and this may be the biggest challeng of all with this allergy!
Good luck to you and your child and stay safe.

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/1999 - 11:29am
dhumphries's picture
Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

I wanted to add that my sons wiel from the skin test was 20x20, indicating a MAJOR allergy, with the possibility of airborne reactions, and he still did not react in the theatre. We did go to early afternoon matinees so that I could possibly limit the exposure.

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/1999 - 11:36am
Coco's picture
Joined: 03/14/1999 - 09:00

I waited until Charles was almost five to take him to the movie theater. He was passed the age of touching everything and then putting his fingers into his mouth. He has been taught that if he would like to go to (just about anywhere) a public place or on an airplane and eat something...he must wash his hands well and then not touch other things untill he has finished eating. Then after he returns home from such an outing the first thing he does is wash up. He really enjoyed the show each time we've gone. This is a great family activity for us as our children are between 5 and 12(not too many shred interests at these ages). With this strategy we have not ever had a problem to date. We do not avoid doing anything entertainment wise that I can think of (other than re-arranging the occasional meal) because of this allergy. Do you feel that you are limiting yourselves?


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