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I'm trying to decide what the best age is to take children to a movie theater. Is three-and-a-half too young? My daughters can sit through a feature length movie on DVD... when it keeps their interest. I just don't know which movies will keep their interest. Some days they can't get enough of Tinkerbell, yet the next time I ask them if they want to watch it, they answer with a resounding "NOOOOOO!" I would hate to take them to a movie and waste money because we have to leave halfway through. I'm not necessarily worried about them talking or even being antsy. I think if you go to a children's movie you have to expect there will be children there and they will be loud from time to time. However, if a child wants to run around the entire time or simply won't stop talking, then perhaps he or she is still not ready for the movie theater experience. I'm interested in feedback from other parents. At what age did you successfully take your child to a movie theater? Several theater chains are offering free or discounted movies this summer, so I may use those opportunities for our "trial run." If you live near a Kerasotes theater, you might want to take advantage of the 2009 Free Summer Movie Series. From June 24-August 6, select Kerasotes theaters will show a children's movie at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Admission is free and is on a first come, first seated basis. AMC theaters have a simliar program. The Summer MovieCamp runs June 17-August 5. Admission is $1, with proceeds going to two different charities. Fandango has a section on its website for its free summer movies, but there's no information, so I don't know if that company is actually offering free movies this summer. So if you go to one of these movies and see a harried mother of quadruplets trying to keep her children in their seats... yeah, it's probably me!!!!