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PG movies at theatre - what age can kids go on their own?

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I've only ever seen theatre staff check the age of people going to R/18A movies on their own. I'm guessing if a child is old enough to be out on their own, they're old enough to see a PG movie on their own.

In Quebec, Cineplex requires persons under 12 to have an adult with them for PG13 movies.

https://cineplex.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/a ... stand-for-
Last edited by OntEdTchr on Mar 21st, 2018 3:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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thearcade wrote: That's Quebec only. Ontario does not have a PG-13 rating.
Good catch. Edited :) OP doesn't indicate location so there's a chance they're in Quebec :P
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mark_in_2k wrote: At what age can a child see a PG movie on their own? A quick Google only shows a description of the rating, not the age restriction.
Which province?

In Ontario, PG movies have no age restrictions places upon them.

Here's a breakdown:

G -- All Ages, anyone can go
PG -- All Ages, anyone can go
14a -- People under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
18a -- People under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
R -- Under 18 not permitted.

Source: me, I'm on the Ontario Film Review Board. :)

The difference between G and PG is mainly one of content, but similarly have no age restrictions placed upon them. For PG films, check the content advisories.
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jvnanu wrote: Good catch. Edited :) OP doesn't indicate location so there's a chance they're in Quebec :P
Lol! I just read back and saw you said Quebec and deleted my post, and thought I was losing my mind (how would I have missed that?!). Phew. I'm not losing my marbles.
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thearcade wrote: Lol! I just read back and saw you said Quebec and deleted my post, and thought I was losing my mind (how would I have missed that?!). Phew. I'm not losing my marbles.
Lol, well I'm just messing everyone up today aren't I? Film Review Board. That's a unique job. Is that something full time?
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jvnanu wrote: Lol, well I'm just messing everyone up today aren't I? Film Review Board. That's a unique job. Is that something full time?

No, it's not. I'm there between 4-8 times a month. It would be a tough job to do full time, at 4 movies per day. My head would explode!
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thearcade wrote: Which province?

In Ontario, PG movies have no age restrictions places upon them.

Here's a breakdown:

G -- All Ages, anyone can go
PG -- All Ages, anyone can go
14a -- People under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
18a -- People under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
R -- Under 18 not permitted.

Source: me, I'm on the Ontario Film Review Board. :)

The difference between G and PG is mainly one of content, but similarly have no age restrictions placed upon them. For PG films, check the content advisories.
Yep, I'm in Ontario so that's great info for me. My son just turned 11 and he wants to see Uprising. I thought it's a good movie for him to take a buddy to for his first movie without a parent (part of a kids rite of passage IMO).
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PG has no age restriction in general. It just means Parental Guidance is suggested... however how many 6 year olds go to the movies themselves?

I would say in general PG is fine in most cases for most ages, tho I would say maybe wait until the kids are 7-8 until you take them to PG movies and generally most kids can go to movies on their own by around 12 years old.

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