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5-Year-Old With Disabilities Asked to Leave Theater

How quiet do you need to be at a matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast?

That's the question a New Bedford, MA, mother is wondering after she was unexpectedly asked to leave the theater because staff said her 5-year-old daughter with developmental disabilities was too "distracting," the Huffington Post reports.

Samantha Torres says her daughter Nadia, who cannot speak, was giggling, humming, and squealing happily at the performance when theater staff asked their entire party, including Torres's other child and a nurse, to leave.

The theater says it's their responsibility to ensure all theater guests can hear and have a good time, and Torres's daughter was distracting other audience members. But Torres says she was never offered an opportunity to relocate.

Nevertheless, the mom says the incident has a happy ending. To find out why, read the whole story at the Huffington Post.

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ChetMC ChetMC 3 years
Perhaps this child would do better at a showing intended for moms and babies where the sound is turned down, the lights are turned up and people expect kids to be playing, making noise or moving around... or as another posted suggested, try a showing where the theatre will be pretty empty. I've taken our kids to lots of movies on off days near the end of their run when we were the only people in the theatre. I'm sure that if you contacted the theatre in advance they could help you select a showing.
ChetMC ChetMC 3 years
I don't have a problem with this child being asked to leave the theatre. The mom should have taken her out if she couldn't meet the minimum standard of behaviour for the venue. Crying is normal for a baby, but that doesn't mean you can bring a babe in arms to the opera.
Drea0223 Drea0223 3 years
WOW....I find it pretty unbelievable that a child would be asked to leave A CHILDREN'S MOVIE for giggling or making noise. That being said, if the little girl was really being to loud then the mother should have stepped out with her for a few min. Shame on the movie theaters staff for doing that to a special needs child!
KarenCringle KarenCringle 3 years
As a mom with three special needs kids, I can see how this could get very annoying for other people. However, they should have spoken to her first and tried to work something out, if not refunded monies.
NonaSmith72230 NonaSmith72230 3 years
I have an Autistic son who could get quite loud with his verbal stims. I always consider others and do not want to disturb anyone. If we go to the movies, I going during the week while most are in school or work. He really doesn't like the movies, it's over stimulating. It's being in the dark, the sounds and maybe even the smell. It's possible that the little girl probably didn't want to be there and her loud vernal stims was her way of letting her parents know.
AmandaS24396 AmandaS24396 3 years
When I saw Beauty and the beast a few years ago it was a live performance. It wasn't the kids showing by any means and it was in our outside theater called Rainbow Stage. I remember seeing kids of all ages standing up and dancing and singing along, heck I was singing along along with all the mothers and grandmothers. We had the noise of a group of teens who didn't care what was happening, they didn't kicked out, I also had a little girl in front of me doing ballet and I was smiling the whole time. There were mothers with babies crying all the noise you could think of. ITS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST A DISNEY MOVIE FOR KIDS THAT OFFERS A GREAT MESSAGE! In my mind if people had a problem listening to kids have fun at a kids showing then you leave cause you are to much of a stick in the mud to watch kid shows anymore. If there is such a problem with things then why not do what rainbow stage does. Have a 1pm showing and for families only! I would rather go and sing along then sit there like a lump. Oh I have a young friend, 10 years old, she does live performances and says it is great when you hear the kids giggle and scream it means they like your acting job! I think the actors would have been proud to make her HAPPY!
KellyWalkerEveritt KellyWalkerEveritt 3 years
Sorry, I'm not going to be popular but I feel that this is what is wrong with everyone. We are suppose to be so PC yet the other parties do not have to be considerate? This sounded like this was a live performance not a movie. The mother should of taken her daughter out so other can enjoy the performance too. Happy noises or not, it is still a distraction and others deserve to have a nice time too. Not to mention this sounded like a smaller theater and maybe the ushers were worried about distractions for the actors, there is no surrond sound in live theater. That being said maybe the situation could of been handled better. I think this article is one sided. As for moms who let their kids make noise and run around even at matinee kids movies you need to wait till your kid is older or need to keep them distracted and make them learn manners. My 2 year old is far from perfect an was made to behave as best as possible in public, even kids movies. Today's kids are allowed to run wild and many parents are indignant if their kids are asked to be polite. I think we need to find a balance. People need to understand that kids will be crazy and make noises and many parents do their best ( I have had the mad baby on the plane) but parents need to be aware their kids are not cute to everyone, havering a kid does not exempt you from manners and childrrn need to learn to be polite.
KarenLexa KarenLexa 3 years
I have an autistic child, and it took me several times at the movies until he learned he needed to be quiet. I walked out of several movies without anyone having to tell me so as not to make the movie unpleasant for other theater goers. I am not happy when I am watching a film and a parent allows their child to yell, scream, cry and not do anything about it.
MindyMackey MindyMackey 3 years
How ironic that the message of Beauty and the Beast is tolerance, acceptance and learning to see the beauty with in. Isn't the whole point of a performance of a children's story to bring joy and laughter to kids? I find myself a bit surprised that you would expect quiet at a children's perfomance. How awful to be distracted by happiness? What's more distracting is intolerance-what a missed opportunity to teach our kids (& adults in this case) to see the joy in others and maybe share that joy. That little girl might have distracted me-but in the best way possible-her joy would have brought me to tears and reminded me how little it takes to bring pure joy to some who are not as fortunate as we are. Seeing her joy would have left a bigger inpact on me than a steller performance.
MindyMackey MindyMackey 3 years
How ironic that the message of Beauty and the Beast is tolerance, acceptance and learning to see the beauty with in. Isn't the whole point of a performance of a children's story to bring joy and laughter to kids? I find myself a bit surprised that you would expect quiet at a children's perfomance. How awful to be distracted by happiness? What's more distracting is intolerance-what a missed opportunity to teach our kids (& adults in this case) to see the joy in others and maybe share that joy. That little girl might have distracted me-but in the best way possible-her joy would have brought me to tears and reminded me how little it takes to bring pure joy to some who are not as fortunate as we are. Seeing her joy would have left a bigger inpact on me than a steller the performance.
TracyStuart TracyStuart 3 years
Would I find this totally distracting even at a kids movie? Absolutely. Would I be bothered by it? Maybe. Would I want the parent and child to leave? Of course not! I would love and respect the mother and child enough to understand that they need to get out of the house just as badly as my own 3 year old and I. The fact is, it sounds like the child was absolutely thrilled and having a fantastic time. That, most likely, would be more entertaining to me (watching her joy at the show) than another showing of Beauty and the Beast. Sometimes companies are so worried about getting complaints that they become the ones complaining.
CoMMember13627405542584 CoMMember13627405542584 3 years
First off, you're at a KIDS matinee...noise should be expected. It's not like they took her to a 7pm adult showing.
kimberlySullivan86775 kimberlySullivan86775 3 years
I have a disabled son as well. We have had various challenges with theaters and ushers as well. However, even a happy squealing child can be a distraction. If this is live theater, and you have to pay 35 or more dollars for a seat, you deserve to get a distraction free performance. If this was a movie theater, then I can understand a bit more leniency. Live theater is more suited for an older child that understands the need for quiet. I highly suggest looking into some of the quality children's theater programs such as CYT. They have fabulous productions. The ticket prices are family friendly. They also are a bit more understanding in regard to children with issues.
JaniceHicks69095 JaniceHicks69095 3 years
I Understand that maybe the child was making noise but I am sure she was not the only one. Its a kid movie. My youngest child's first movie ( he's 13 now) was Finding Nemo and he was walking in the Aisles. Other kids were too, that is what happens when you take kids to a kids movie. Duh!! Possibly there were other motives while asking them to leave. We had a case here in Md that went national about a young man with Down Syndrome who wanted to see the movie a second time and stayed in his seat and the Theater personnel called the Police who restrained him and he died. What was the harm to let that guy see the movie again? What ever happened to compassion? I guess its a thing of the past.
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