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New rule bans kids under 18 from Malco Paradiso

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A new rule banning kids under 18 years of age from seeing R-rated movie at the Malco Paradiso went into effect Friday evening.

The rule even applies to kids accompanied by their parents.

A YouTube video showing a fight outside the movie theater last Saturday night quickly became the talk of the town and prompted Malco to institute their new policy.

"I'm a little disappointed because my child is looking forward to a movie, but can't see it because of the incident of someone else," said parent Rosalyn Pruitt.

Inside, Malco ticket takers are checking IDs. And outside, Malco security and Memphis police are going from the ground to the air to keep an eye out for anything that may go wrong.

"Just address people that are loitering around, hanging around. If they're not seeing a movie, just ask them to move on," said local resident John Lee.

Some moviegoers say that if you're under 18, you shouldn't be seeing R-rated movies in the first place.

"It's too much going on these days. They need to be at home with their parents, learning something positive," said William Holliman.

But others like moviegoer Crystal Thomas feel the new policy is over the top.

"I think it's a little strict because I do think it's the parent's choice. That's why the rule is in place," she said.

Malco officials say this new rule only applies to the Malco Paradiso in East Memphis.

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