We’ve all known them, and some of us have been them: parents who haven’t been out to do anything fun since the kids were born.
Two Valley movie theaters give cooped-up couples a chance to change that. UltraStar Cinemas’ Baby’s Night Out is a weekly screening where new parents may bring their infants to the movies. And the film on screen isn’t some animated kids’ flick no adult wants to see; they’re playing movies like “The Internship,” “Fast & Furious 6” and “Man of Steel.”
The Scottsdale and Maricopa theaters are a bit of a jog from the East Valley, but what’s 30 freeway miles when you haven’t seen daylight in months? Or when thoughtful touches — such as valet stroller parking right outside the auditorium — convince you this might just be do-able?
Other baby-friendly allowances include dimmed lights, instead of total darkness, so parents can see their children, and the usually deafening volume is turned down, so that sounds aren’t so hard on tiny ears. Changing tables are even set up in the theater, so you don’t have to miss part of the movie to go on diaper detail.
UltraStar’s Ak-Chin theater in Maricopa also hosts Parent Movie Morning, the daytime equivalent of Baby’s Night Out, at 10 a.m. every Wednesday.
DETAILS >> Baby’s Night Out movies are screened at 7 p.m. Thursdays at UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions, 9090 E. Indian Bend Road, and UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, 16000 Maricopa Road, Maricopa. Admission starts at $5.50 for adults and is free for children younger than 3. (480) 302-6055 (Scottsdale) or (520) 568-3456 (Maricopa) or UltrastarMovies.com.
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