A Wail of a Time

For new parents, the cooped-up, dark days of winter can feel like close encounters of the worst kind. But cinemas in cities around the world have created an alternative to being chained to your DVD player after Junior's arrival: movie matinees that welcome babies. Marc Allenby of Picturehouse Cinemas, which offers the Huggies Big Scream in 18 U.K. locations, says, "In one sense it can seem like hell on earth—you have people changing nappies in the aisle, shaking rattles and coo-cooing. And then as soon as the lights come down the babies who are aware of the film are hypnotized by...

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