Who Not to Take to the Movies

As always we have very unusual tasks to do at home for BCM240, this weeks task was to go to the movies. This would be a piece of cake, or so I thought… 

However, I unknowingly decided to make this the most eventful cinema experience I had ever had. My boyfriend and I decided to take my two nephews to the movies to see some little kids show they’d been dying to see and their mother wouldn’t take them… now I know why.


According to Hägerstrand (1970), three large aggregations of constraints present themselves when planning social events, these include, capability constraints, coupling constraints and authority constraints. Ironically, in this case, all three are clearly visible.

As this was a spur of the moment decision, it was awfully hard to find a time that we were all available. Between my boyfriend’s shift work, my uni and work schedule and my nephews kindergarten and preschool days, it took us a few days and a few very impatient children to discover a time that the movie was playing, and we were all available. This was the first example we encountered of the capability constraint.

Once we’d discovered an appropriate time, and it came time to pick up the children for the movie, we came across our second constraint, coupling. As we pulled up at their house, we realised we had my boyfriend’s Toyota HiLux that didn’t have the appropriate constraints for the baby seats. This resulted in a panicked rush to get us all at the movie on time. As a result, my sister had to drive my nephews to the movie, and we would meet them there in the HiLux.

As we finally arrived at the cinema, we purchased our tickets, and a whopping $50 worth of treats for the children, and we were ushered into the cinema as the movie had just begun. This is where the authority constraint comes in to play, as there were 2 adults and 2 children, it was easy for us to take care of the children who were swinging from chair to chair and chasing each other up and down the staircases, however, if say, I were alone with the two children and one wanted to go to the bathroom, and one wanted to stay and watch the movie, a clear authority restraint would take place as the children are not allowed to be on their own.

Watching the first half of the movie was a breeze, we sat at the front alongside the isle so the children had the freedom to roam around without disturbing anyone else, however, as it came to the lengthier end, the children became very restless and were becoming a general nuisance to the public, this is when we decided to leave. 

Children are a clear reason why cinema is remaining popular, children are mesmerised by the big screen, and the naughty treats are just an added bonus for them. However, it terms of cinema attendance as a whole, the decline can be a result of the ability and freedom people have to create their own cinema in the comfort of their home. Tv screens are only becoming larger, and online torrent sites allow the capability to download these blockbusters free of charge without even having to get dressed or leave the house.


Hägerstrand, T 1970, What about people in regional science? Paper for the Ninth European Congress of the Regional Science Association, viewed 29 August 2014, <http://courses.washington.edu/cee500/What%20about%20people%20in%20regional%20science.pdf&gt;. 



2 thoughts on “Who Not to Take to the Movies

  1. I completely agree with you about why cinema attendance could be dropping. People now have the technology in their homes to create a good replica of a cinema experience. Families don’t have to deal with the 3 constraints if they stay in and watch a movie at home!

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