Baby-Friendly Movie Theaters in Southern California

baby-friendly movie theaters

Originally published: December 30, 2015
Updated: March 15, 2017

As a single mom, I miss performing normal everyday activities that I use to be able to do without much hoopla prior to my momhood days. You know, simple stuff like sleeping in on the weekends or taking just 30 minutes of time to prep for work or running errands without much kid angst. Being a parent basically takes mundane tasks and elevates them to monumental feats. And unfortunately, that also applies to watching movies. So rather than have to endure hateful stares and irate shushing by fellow movie-goers if my mini-me made even the slightest disturbance, I’d just rather skip the whole thing altogether.

Thankfully, there are quite a few baby-friendly movie theaters scattered throughout Southern California that cater to folks like us. Some amenities at these facilities include dimmed lighting, decreased movie volume, stroller parking, and changing facilities inside the auditorium itself. But even more importantly, they offer grownups with the peace of mind knowing that they won’t be bothering other folks if their wee ones became fussy. So go for it! Go to the movies with your infants and tots and don’t be afraid to sit back, relax, have your tub of popcorn and soda, and watch that flick you’ve been wanting to see. No one’s gonna give you flak for your crying baby or fidgety toddler.

EL CAPITAN THEATRE

Offering: Tiny Tot Tuesday  applies to the first show on Tuesdays.
Locations: The one and only Hollywood location.
Note: Watching a movie at the legendary El Capitan is an exciting experience in and of itself that both children and adults can enjoy such as pre-show entertainment, prop and costume exhibits, and other fun surprises during special engagements. After the movies, head next door to the Disney Studio Store and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain for some sweet treats.

Amenities for Tiny Tot Tuesday include:

  • Dimmed lighting
  • Reduced sound level
  • All shows in 2D

El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Information: (818) 845-3110

CINEPOLIS JUNIOR

Offering: A single Cinépolis Junior auditorium inside a Cinépolis Cinema.
Locations: There are currently only two Cinépolis Cinema locations in the entire U.S. of A. that offer the Cinépolis Junior experience and they both happen to be in the SoCal region – Pico Rivera in the County of Los Angeles and Vista in San Diego County.
Note: Cinépolis Junior offers the only indoor playground/movie theater in the nation. The colorful auditorium provide families with a kidcentric environment that encourages play. But don’t worry, kids aren’t allowed access to the play areas during the movie. Showing children’s films (G and PG only) seven days a week.

baby-friendly movie theaters
Cinepolis Junior in Pico Rivera
baby-friendly movie theaters
Cinepolis Junior in Pico Rivera
baby-friendly movie theaters
Cinepolis Junior in Pico Rivera

Amenities at Cinépolis Junior include:

  • Play space at the front of the auditorium
  • Play structure on one side of the auditorium
  • Playtime of 20 minutes before the movie and 15 minutes during intermission
  • Four reserved seating options to choose from – double bean bags, double pillows, lounge chairs, and regular premium seats (prices vary)

Cinepolis Junior at Cinepolis Pico Rivera
8540 Whittier Boulevard
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Information: (562) 205-3456

Cinepolis Junior at Cinepolis Vista
25 Main Street
Vista, CA 92083
Information: (760) 945-7469

HARKINS THEATRES

Offering: Exclusive in-lobby children’s PlayCenter.
Locations: There are four Harkins Theatres in California that offer the PlayCenter perk.
Note: Offering onsite baby-sitting by trained theater staff who have undergone background checks and fingerprinting. The PlayCenter provides children ages 3 to 8 years old and already potty-trained a supervised and engaged environment by professionals. Walk-ins are welcomed, but reservations are highly recommended, especially during the busy weekends.

baby-friendly movie theaters
Inside the Harkins Playcenter.
baby-friendly movie theaters
Harkins paging system (in case of emergency) and wristband (for security).

Amenities at the PlayCenter include:

  • Professionally staffed and monitored
  • Providing educational computer games, arts and crafts, toys, books, and movies
  • Complimentary popcorn and drinking water
  • $8.00 per child

Cerritos 16
600 Los Cerritos Center
Cerritos, CA 90703
Information: (562) 865-4140

Chino Hills 18
3070 Chino Avenue
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Information: (909) 627-8010

Moreno Valley 16
22350 Town Circle
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Information: (951) 653-6161

Mountain Grove 16
27481 San Bernardino Avenue
Redlands, CA  92374
Information: (909) 793-7993

KRIKORIAN PREMIERE THEATRES

Offering: Mommy Movie Mondays every Monday at 10:00am.
Locations: There are two Krikorian locations offering Mommy Movie Mondays – Monrovia Cinema 12 & LFX and San Clemente 6.
Note: Showing mainstream movies.

Amenities for Mommy Movie Mondays include:

  • Stroller check-in
  • Reduced sound levels
  • Dimmed lighting
  • Changing stations in every restroom
  • Early-bird pricing

Monrovia Cinema 12 & LFX
410 South Myrtle Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
Information and Showtimes: (626) 305-7469
Email: monrovia@kptmovies.com

San Clemente Cinema 6
641 B Camino de los Mares
San Clemente, CA 92673
Information and Showtimes: (949) 661-7469
Email: sanclemente@kptmovies.com

PACIFIC THEATRES

Offering: Monday Morning Mommy Movies every Monday at 11:00am.
Locations: There are five Pacific Theatres locations that offer Monday Morning Mommy Movies – Pacific Glendale 18, Pacific Grove 14, Pacific Lakewood 16, Pacific Northridge Fashion Center 10, and Pacific Winnetka 21.
Note: Showing mainstream movies.

Pacific Glendale 18
322 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
Information and Showtimes: (866) 722-9790
Guest Services: (818) 551-0566

Pacific Grove 14
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Information and Showtimes: (866) 722-9790
Guest Services: (323) 692-0103

Pacific Lakewood 16
5200 Faculty Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90712
Information and Showtimes: (866) 722-9790
Guest Services: (562) 531-9196

Pacific Northridge Fashion Center 10
9400 Shirley Way
Northridge, CA 91324
Information and Showtimes: (866) 722-9790
Guest Services: (818) 772-8522

Pacific Winnetka 21
9201 Winnetka Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Information and Showtimes: (866) 722-9790
Guest Services: (818) 886-9002

ULTRASTAR CINEMAS

Offering: Parent Movie Morning (Wednesday’s at 10:00am) and Baby’s Night Out (Wednesday’s at 7:00pm).
Locations: Both Parent Movie Morning and Baby’s Night Out are only offered at one location – UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley, Hazard Center. The Anaheim location shuttered in August 2015.
Note: Showing mainstream movies.

Amenities for Parent Movie Morning and Baby’s Night Out include:

  • Valet stroller parking
  • Reduced volume
  • Dimmed lighting
  • Changing facilities in the auditorium
  • Early-bird pricing

UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley, Hazard Center
7510 Hazard Center Drive #100
San Diego, CA 92108
Information and Showtimes: (619) 685-2841
Guest Services: (619) 574-8684

VINTAGE CINEMAS

Offering: Me & My Parents every Wednesday at 10:30am.
Locations: There is only one Vintage Cinemas location that offers Me & My Parents – Los Feliz 3 Cinemas.
Note: Kids four years old and under are free.

Los Feliz 3 Cinemas
1822 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Information and Showtimes: (323) 664-2169

 

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13 comments Add yours
  1. I know so many mothers that dont want to take their babies to a movie in case they cry! These movie theaters really help.

  2. I bet you’re the first person to ever, ever post something about this topic, which is probably a no-brainer “wow, we need this!” to some people. I hope those people find you.

    1. I searched on the web and there are others, but mine is definitely the most comprehensive. I hope the right people find it too. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I think the list can benefit grandparents, nannies, and basically anyone who has to take care of kids.

  3. That is very thoughtful – both the post and the idea of the theaters doing this. If I have to be honest I am like everyone else – dislike when small kids cry in the cinema. But also realise everyone needs their cinema from time to time even with babies.

    1. S, I have to be honest too. Before having my son I also disliked hearing munchkins make noise inside movie theaters. I have a different perspective now and def appreciate what these theaters are doing.

  4. Wow they have lots of baby-friendly cinemas around! It’s great to see parents can enjoy a day out at the theatre and spend time with their kids! Great post 🙂

  5. That is such a great idea…never heard about that before, but I bet it makes live just a lot nicer for parents…way to go movie industry 😀

  6. Good post for those with little ones wanting to go the cinema, and anyone looking for a cinema in the state for that matter!

  7. Wow, this is a great list. I never even knew these existed. Now I won’t be so afraid to take my LO to the movies. Thank you for this post.

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