FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - A Fayetteville theater is cracking down on underage movie fans by enacting a curfew for children under 18 who show up without an adult.
Cinemark Tinseltown will no longer allow children 17 or under without an adult after 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings without a guardian who is 21 or older.
“I should be able to drop my kid off at the movies and come back and pick him up,” said parent Sholette Johnson.
Some parents FOX 5 News spoke with said the 6 p.m. curfew is ridiculous. Robert Cortez was dropping off his 14-year-old daughter when he learned about the curfew.
“A lot of parents cannot be here Fridays and Saturdays, and especially if since I have a younger son. You know my daughter can see a PG-13 movie, but I am not going to take him into see ‘Barber Shop,’” said Cortez.
Fayetteville police said the curfew, which goes into effect Friday, was put into place after several incidents at the theater involving large group of juveniles and an increase in criminal acts.
“I think it is a good start. The kids need the supervision. I think the more anything we can do to protect our kids is stepping in the right direction,” said parent Ron Scott.
Scott has a 13-year-old son and thinks it's a great idea. He is not the only parent who thinks Fayetteville police and the theater are making the right decision.
“I think that's a great idea. There are too many kids coming out here and doing way too much, not doing anything productive, and going around hurting people does not make any sense at all,” said parent Greg Brakers.
Fayetteville police said the child must be under the supervision of the parent or guardian at all times and that a parent may not escort more than six children or teens at a time.
Police said if a movie ends after the curfew, parents must pick up their children immediately.
Some feel the 6 p.m. is harsh and should be pushed back.
Fayetteville Police said they hope the curfew will be permanent and that other stores in the pavilion will follow.
A request for comment to Cinemark was not returned.