Kids under the age of 17 are no longer allowed at Sanford’s only movie theater on weekend nights without adult supervision.

Spring Lane Cinemas, which announced new ownership earlier this year, announced the policy change via Facebook back in October, stating in a follow up comment that “there have been a lot of issues with unsupervised children,” including fights. The policy says children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian older than 21 after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

A person answering the phone at the theater on Monday told The Rant that the new policy went into effect on Oct. 2 and that it was something the company was “trying out” to see if it curbed the number of incidents. The person did not know if the change was permanent.

A review of the Sanford Police Department’s P2C crime reporting system shows two thefts from vehicles in the theater’s parking lot in 2019, but no criminal reports regarding fights.

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