New AMC Policy Sets Back Curfew to 9 p.m for Those Under 17Saturday, October 03, 2009 By Staff
Beginning Oct. 1, the AMC 24 First Colony movie theater will be implementing a new “Parental Escort Policy.” The policy, which is on the theater’s Web site, states that after 9 p.m., people under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian over the age of 21. Also, a picture ID is required for viewing films scheduled to start at 9 p.m. or later. The theater’s policy says the change is meant to ensure the full “moviegoing experience” for AMC’s guests. The theater’s conduct code states that if curfew is broken, the consequence can be removal from AMC property without a refund. “AMC 24 is very strict about their rules. We have been very lenient, while the younger people of our Houston and surrounding areas just sit back and take advantage of AMC as a whole,” said Officer Frank Bishop, who works at AMC 24 and AMC 30 Dunvale. He added, “It will eventually cut down on gang-related fights and other events that occur on 24’s property.” The policy will last “as long as we need it,” Bishop said. “24 alone had 29 fights in the month of August. We hope that this policy will cease these events,” Officer Mike Tryumferham said. AMC 24 officials could not comment on this issue. AMC customer Stephanie B. suggested that the timing might be because of school. “A lot of kids [now] are placed on rules at home [preventing] them from going to the movies until 9,” she said. Some patrons were upset with the change. “My parents don’t like to go to the movies with me,” Kimberly O. said. “This policy is unfair to those that aren’t 17 yet.” “Even though this isn’t affecting me, the movie is supposed to be a place for freedom. Now there’s a curfew for the movies! That is really outrageous,” said AMC customer Raven B.