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(AL.com)   Candidate wants his state to enact the lottery and use the revenue to give weekly movie tickets to parents of pre-K students so they'll have more quality family time together   ( al.com) divider line
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2018-03-07 11:52:28 PM  
Might be a good time to resurrect some of those closed small theaters in BFE Alabama.
 
2018-03-07 11:59:33 PM  
Not the worst idea ever.
 
2018-03-08 12:25:15 AM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: Not the worst idea ever.


No. It's a bit... unconventional, but I can see a benefit to it.
 
2018-03-08 12:26:44 AM  
As the parent of several pre-k children, I can get behind this. Especially if they throw in free babysitting service.
 
2018-03-08 12:29:08 AM  
I like it.
 
2018-03-08 12:30:47 AM  

cgraves67: As the parent of several pre-k children, I can get behind this. Especially if they throw in free babysitting service.


You have several children under 5 years old?
 
2018-03-08 12:31:22 AM  

toddalmighty: cgraves67: As the parent of several pre-k children, I can get behind this. Especially if they throw in free babysitting service.

You have several children under 5 years old?


3 of our 4 are under 5.
 
2018-03-08 12:35:51 AM  
I could get behind this.
If they made the tickets available for non chain theaters.
Like the Alabama Theater.

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Where as a child I saw Mary Poppins, Jungle Book...etc.
And  they do Gone with the Wind each year, and classic "Big Screen" 35mm movies on film.
And for Halloween they do the Phantom of the Opera with the MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN for the silent film's sound track.

They used to let you bring in a box lunch and a thermos...(Fried chicken, slaw, biscuits and sweet tea--- and a flask of Jack)
 
2018-03-08 12:36:59 AM  

optikeye: I could get behind this.
If they made the tickets available for non chain theaters.
Like the Alabama Theater.

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Where as a child I saw Mary Poppins, Jungle Book...etc.
And  they do Gone with the Wind each year, and classic "Big Screen" 35mm movies on film.
And for Halloween they do the Phantom of the Opera with the MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN for the silent film's sound track.

They used to let you bring in a box lunch and a thermos...(Fried chicken, slaw, biscuits and sweet tea--- and a flask of Jack)


I'm sure my Pre-K kid will love Gone with the Wind.
 
2018-03-08 12:38:39 AM  

cgraves67: toddalmighty: cgraves67: As the parent of several pre-k children, I can get behind this. Especially if they throw in free babysitting service.

You have several children under 5 years old?

3 of our 4 are under 5.


My prayers are with you.
 
2018-03-08 12:40:11 AM  
I remember when CA was voting to start The Lottery.  All the pro commercials were about how the money would go to schools.  I thought that was a great idea.  My grandpa explained that they'd just reduce the existing school funding by whatever the lottery brings in so the schools won't get any more money in the end.  And they sure weren't going to give that extra money back to the taxpayers.  Thanks, Grampy Buzzkill.
 
2018-03-08 12:43:33 AM  

Chemlight Battery: optikeye: I could get behind this.
If they made the tickets available for non chain theaters.
Like the Alabama Theater.

[img.fark.net image 275x183]
Where as a child I saw Mary Poppins, Jungle Book...etc.
And  they do Gone with the Wind each year, and classic "Big Screen" 35mm movies on film.
And for Halloween they do the Phantom of the Opera with the MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN for the silent film's sound track.

They used to let you bring in a box lunch and a thermos...(Fried chicken, slaw, biscuits and sweet tea--- and a flask of Jack)

I'm sure my Pre-K kid will love Gone with the Wind

Did you miss the part about Mary Poppins, and Jungle Book? Do you teach your children to be obtuseholes too?
 
2018-03-08 12:46:47 AM  

optikeye: Chemlight Battery: optikeye: I could get behind this.
If they made the tickets available for non chain theaters.
Like the Alabama Theater.

[img.fark.net image 275x183]
Where as a child I saw Mary Poppins, Jungle Book...etc.
And  they do Gone with the Wind each year, and classic "Big Screen" 35mm movies on film.
And for Halloween they do the Phantom of the Opera with the MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN for the silent film's sound track.

They used to let you bring in a box lunch and a thermos...(Fried chicken, slaw, biscuits and sweet tea--- and a flask of Jack)

I'm sure my Pre-K kid will love Gone with the Wind
Did you miss the part about Mary Poppins, and Jungle Book? Do you teach your children to be obtuseholes too?


Lighten up, Francis.
 
2018-03-08 12:47:29 AM  
...this idea is also useless. Without including a soft drink and popcorn...it'll cost the parents more once they get in the door.

And OMG OMG...they might just sell the tickets in the parking lot for beer and lobsters at the whole foods.
 
2018-03-08 12:47:33 AM  

optikeye: Chemlight Battery: optikeye: I could get behind this.
If they made the tickets available for non chain theaters.
Like the Alabama Theater.

[img.fark.net image 275x183]
Where as a child I saw Mary Poppins, Jungle Book...etc.
And  they do Gone with the Wind each year, and classic "Big Screen" 35mm movies on film.
And for Halloween they do the Phantom of the Opera with the MIGHTY WURLITZER ORGAN for the silent film's sound track.

They used to let you bring in a box lunch and a thermos...(Fried chicken, slaw, biscuits and sweet tea--- and a flask of Jack)

I'm sure my Pre-K kid will love Gone with the Wind
Did you miss the part about Mary Poppins, and Jungle Book? Do you teach your children to be obtuseholes too?


Welcome to Fark!
 
2018-03-08 12:55:26 AM  
This isn't the worst idea I've ever heard, but is it really ""quality family time" if your kid is just staring at a screen?  You can get the same at home, just sit next to him/her and endure the same insipid crap they're watching.

/no relation to jtown's Grampy Buzzkill
 
2018-03-08 12:58:07 AM  
a while back there was a short lived Farker trying to establish a schtick. at the mention of a drive-in cinema he would post about being in a hardcore moped gang not far from the drive-in. some stuff was very detailed and funny, how he was responsible for fine-tuning the scooters and living the rebel without a clue life. I miss that Farker.
 
2018-03-08 01:01:04 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: This isn't the worst idea I've ever heard, but is it really ""quality family time" if your kid is just staring at a screen?  You can get the same at home, just sit next to him/her and endure the same insipid crap they're watching.

/no relation to jtown's Grampy Buzzkill


Honestly...kinda?  It at least provides something that ideally, the family can bond over later.  And have discussions about.
 
2018-03-08 01:02:19 AM  
The cynic in me wonders if this legislator got any campaign contributions from AMC. That said, there are worse ways the money could be spent.
 
2018-03-08 01:02:55 AM  

sinko swimo: a while back there was a short lived Farker trying to establish a schtick. at the mention of a drive-in cinema he would post about being in a hardcore moped gang not far from the drive-in. some stuff was very detailed and funny, how he was responsible for fine-tuning the scooters and living the rebel without a clue life. I miss that Farker.



I saw a scooter gang on Clearwater Beach tonight. They were all wearing helmets too.
 
2018-03-08 01:08:12 AM  
The biggest downside I can see to this is that some children that age don't have the necessary attention span to sit through a movie, even ones that are age-appropriate.

That's not much of an issue when watching a movie at home on DVD/Blu-ray or a streaming service like Netflix because you can just pause it and resume when your child is ready to resume watching it. Can't do that at a movie theater.
 
2018-03-08 01:21:04 AM  
Not high quality time. Maybe more family friendly parks, that doesn't funnel money into your theater chain contributors, but maybe you could funnel that money into local maintenance contracts to make acceptable parks.
 
2018-03-08 01:39:12 AM  
I'd be a bit less cynical if the candidate's name wasn't Steven Ciniplex-Odeon.
 
2018-03-08 01:41:25 AM  
My initial reaction was 'the last thing I want is a bunch of kids in the auditorium when I'm trying to watch a movie' then I realized the movies parents would be taking Pre-K kids to aren't the same movies I see at the theater.

Still, I went to see Black Panther this evening, and there was what appeared to be a grandfather with his five or six year old daughter at the end of my row.  The kid kept talking asking the grandfather a bunch of questions, which was annoying, but to his credit he kept encouraging her to be quiet.  She got up and drug him out several times between the previews and the first half hour, to the restroom I assume, and then never came back after the last time, so it all worked out.

I suppose good for him for trying to spend quality time with the kid, but I'm not sure she was old enough for the film, or really to sit through an entire movie.
 
2018-03-08 01:47:13 AM  
Good plan, alabama.  Get the parents out of the house this time.  The moore things change, the moore they stay the same

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2018-03-08 01:53:09 AM  
How about instead of movie tickets, they just use all the money to pay for parents to move out of Alabama with their kids?

I mean, it would be better for their kids' educations, their well-being, their pretty much everything.

I mean, if they only moved as far as Tennessee they'd be almost infinitely better off.

/Tennessee:  100% fewer pedophiles running for senate than Alabama.
//Best state slogan ever, right?
 
2018-03-08 02:01:45 AM  

optikeye: ...this idea is also useless. Without including a soft drink and popcorn...it'll cost the parents more once they get in the door.

And OMG OMG...they might just sell the tickets in the parking lot for beer and lobsters at the whole foods.


Nah, just make it illegal for the theater to restrict outside food and drink. Those who are cheap will be cheap, and those who are lazy can be lazy.
 
2018-03-08 02:26:12 AM  
It's a stupid idea. It's not arming-teachers stupid, but still stupid. It shows that not all stupid ideas come from Republicans.
 
2018-03-08 02:34:49 AM  

flond: ArcadianRefugee: This isn't the worst idea I've ever heard, but is it really ""quality family time" if your kid is just staring at a screen?  You can get the same at home, just sit next to him/her and endure the same insipid crap they're watching.

/no relation to jtown's Grampy Buzzkill

Honestly...kinda?  It at least provides something that ideally, the family can bond over later.  And have discussions about.


Well, sure, but again: the same thing can be done at home if people are really willing to put in the time.  All the theater does is force them to stay.
 
2018-03-08 02:37:28 AM  

wildcardjack: Not high quality time. Maybe more family friendly parks, that doesn't funnel money into your theater chain contributors, but maybe you could funnel that money into local maintenance contracts to make acceptable parks.


See, that's not bad.  Or take the money and funnel it to elementary schools for meals for the students.

Again, not a bad idea, but it could be much better than "Sit on your butt and buy a half-gallon of soda".
 
2018-03-08 03:52:49 AM  
Oh, suddenly no "stupid-tax" jokes, that's odd.

Money would be better off spending it to medicate the 30% of kids still running around with hookworm ffs.
Alabama.
 
2018-03-08 03:54:35 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: wildcardjack: Not high quality time. Maybe more family friendly parks, that doesn't funnel money into your theater chain contributors, but maybe you could funnel that money into local maintenance contracts to make acceptable parks.

See, that's not bad.  Or take the money and funnel it to elementary schools for meals for the students.

Again, not a bad idea, but it could be much better than "Sit on your butt and buy a half-gallon of soda".


When are we gonna figure out that the guy's BIL runs a chain of movie houses, which explains this stupid plan?
 
2018-03-08 03:55:31 AM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Creepy Lurker Guy: Not the worst idea ever.

No. It's a bit... unconventional, but I can see a benefit to it.


To the guy who owns the movie theaters.
 
2018-03-08 03:59:38 AM  

jtown: I remember when CA was voting to start The Lottery.  All the pro commercials were about how the money would go to schools.  I thought that was a great idea.  My grandpa explained that they'd just reduce the existing school funding by whatever the lottery brings in so the schools won't get any more money in the end.  And they sure weren't going to give that extra money back to the taxpayers.  Thanks, Grampy Buzzkill.


Every state says it's to help schools. But all I ever hear about schools is that they're flat broke.
 
2018-03-08 04:03:08 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: This isn't the worst idea I've ever heard, but is it really ""quality family time" if your kid is just staring at a screen?  You can get the same at home, just sit next to him/her and endure the same insipid crap they're watching.

/no relation to jtown's Grampy Buzzkill


It's almost as if this plan isn't really to benefit families at all, hmmm, I wonder why such a weird plan with minimal benefit would be introduced, why?
 
2018-03-08 04:05:02 AM  

sinko swimo: a while back there was a short lived Farker trying to establish a schtick. at the mention of a drive-in cinema he would post about being in a hardcore moped gang not far from the drive-in. some stuff was very detailed and funny, how he was responsible for fine-tuning the scooters and living the rebel without a clue life. I miss that Farker.


It wasn't schtick, they closed down the drive-in and I got beat up by real bikers and now I just stay home.
 
2018-03-08 04:06:39 AM  

flond: ArcadianRefugee: This isn't the worst idea I've ever heard, but is it really ""quality family time" if your kid is just staring at a screen?  You can get the same at home, just sit next to him/her and endure the same insipid crap they're watching.

/no relation to jtown's Grampy Buzzkill

Honestly...kinda?  It at least provides something that ideally, the family can bond over later.  And have discussions about.


Yes. Because tv and movies are such effective parenting aids.
 
2018-03-08 07:55:23 AM  
This is stupid.  There are far more cost effective ways of doing the same thing.  This guy must item some old theatres or have a brother in law that does.
 
2018-03-08 08:48:53 AM  
With the tax plans, gun control, environmental regulation shrinkage, repeal of financial oversight, anti-vax debates, and all the other things going on today - it's nice to see an idea that really isn't going to fark up the country even if it fails.
 
2018-03-08 01:30:02 PM  
My Moviepass subscription cost $90 for the whole year, and I see around 4-5 movies each month, so that's about $1.80 a movie. Money is not the limiting factor for almost anyone out there - it's time.
 
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