“Are they kidding me? I couldn’t believe my ears when I was told we needed a ticket for the baby,” said mother Jana Lillepea to local paper Västerbottenskuriren.
The family had travelled the 55 kilometres from Vindeln where they live, to larger town Umeå to see a children’s movie. According to the paper they had purchased tickets for everyone except the baby.
However, the family hadn’t reflected much over baby Albin not having a ticket, as he was not expected to get anything out of the show.
But the ticket controller didn’t agree. And the cinema backed her up, saying that they need to be able to show how many people are on the premises, both for fire safety purposes and to inform the film company that produced the movie.
“In general we are not certain that bringing an infant to the cinema is a good idea. It can be a disturbance to the other customers,” said Thomas Runfors, spokesperson for Swedish cinema giant SF Bio to news agency TT.
The hullabaloo regarding his attendance didn’t however disturb baby Albin, who slept all the way through his first cinema visit, according to the paper.