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No baby in the corner at Dirty Dancing pramiere

By Aisling Scally

First you had baby yoga, discos and massage classes.

Now Northern Ireland mums are being offered baby movies.

Yesterday, the Ulster Hall opened its doors so mothers could swap dirty nappies for Dirty Dancing with a special infant screening of the Hollywood classic.

Prams, bottles and crying were welcome in a room decked out with leather sofas, tables and chairs to ensure comfy surroundings for the young movie-goers while settling down to watch one of the world's most-loved chick flicks.

There was a sense of disappointment at the Bedford Street venue, however, when just two mums and their young ones turned up for the 10am screening.

But organisers say the event was a trial and they have plans to screen more films for mums and babies.

The mums who did go were wooed by the promise of being able to watch a film without worrying about their tots crying or needing to be fed. (Nobody put baby in the corner, either). And they both said they would recommend it as something different for mums to do.

Sharon Carmichael from Belfast came along with her four-month-old son Eli.

“I found out about it by Googling events to see what's on for mothers and babies,” she said. “I always go to the usual cinema on a Tuesday afternoon, so this was something different,” she said.

“It's a great idea. It's great to be able to do stuff and have things to go to. It's also a bonus that they have a film with music as it's good for Eli.”

Ciara Quinn brought along her her son Cillian, who's almost seven months-old, and she also thought it was a fun event.

“We've done baby yoga and different things but nothing like this”, she said. “It's lovely in here; plenty of space, comfy couches and it's warm.

“It's also great that they're showing a classic like Dirty Dancing. I've seen it loads of times before but that meant if I had to leave because the baby was crying I wouldn't miss anything.”

Ciara said the pair would definitely come again. “I found out about it in the Waterfront Hall’s magazine and said I'd go along. I'm glad I did.”

Eimear Burton, venue officer at Ulster Hall, said the aim of the event was to create a relaxed atmosphere around a classic movie.

“While this trial run didn't draw a huge crowd, we got some very positive feedback and we're very happy with the event and will be continuing with it,” she said.

“The idea was inspired by my new niece who has a better social life than me, and we're always looking for ways to get all ages to use the hall and create events that appeal to different people.”

The Ulster Hall is hoping to screen one film a month. The next one, Three Men and a Baby, will be shown on February 6.


Dirty Dancing is much loved by millions of women of all ages around the world. The 80s classic tells the story of privileged teenager Baby (Jennifer Grey) who falls in love with holiday camp dance |instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze). Dirty Dancing was one of the highest grossing films of 1987, taking in £133m, and was turned in to a stage show, running on Broadway and the West End.

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