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Mexican Theater Chain Opening Two Kid-Friendly Theaters In The U.S.

With home entertainment becoming more high tech and accessible every year, movie theaters are being forced to come up with inventive ways to attract customers. Some theaters allow patrons to enjoy adult beverages and food during the movie, while others have figured out how to make the overall experience more immersive.

In an attempt to lure families to their theaters, Mexico-based movie theater chain Cinepolis has done the unthinkable: turning the theater into a giant playscape for children.

With Cinepolis Junior, children can chill and watch a movie, or they can get buck on the kid-friendly playscape.

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In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Cinepolis representative Adrian Mijares Elizondo said, “It’s really intended to make kids feel welcome and comfortable. The whole idea is to make it easier for parents to take their kids to the movies and let the kids have more fun.” Children will be allowed to work out their zoomies before the movie begins, and after it ends, they will be allowed to play again for a limited time.

For parents looking to get some relaxation at the theater, beanbag seats are definitely the way to go.

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Nothing like a giant beanbag chair to make Lego Batman that much better.

There are even some laid back lounge chairs for kids to enjoy.

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The entire front row is pretty much a playscape.

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This isn’t your parent’s movie theater.

For parents in the U.S., Cinepolis is opening two Cinepolis Junior locations starting March 16th.

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So far the Mexico based Cinepolis has tested out their Junior theaters in foreign markets, like Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Spain, but now two are now being introduced in the Southern California area. Next week, parents can check out the Cinepolis Junior experience at Pico Rivera, in the Los Angeles area, and the Vista just north of San Diego.

The Los Angeles Times points out that tickets will likely cost more than your normal viewing experience, which is why Cinepolis is testing the waters with only two locations for now. It costs Cinepolis roughly $500,000 to turn a single theater into a kid friendly environment.

[H/T] At these movie theaters, kids can play on a jungle gym next to their parents’ seats

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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In the town of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, reporters see a shocking image whenever they visit. Children armed with guns, trained to defend themselves. The disturbing scene is meant to be shocking. The village of Ayahualtempa is under constant attack. A prominent heroin “corridor”, they are the victims of violence and carnage at the hands of gangsters and the cartel.

In order to gain the Mexican government’s attention, the Ayahualtempa villagers dress their children up as soldiers. Then, they invite the media in.

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When reporters arrive, the children of Ayahualtempa dutifully line up and put on a performance. They march, they show how they would shoot a gun from one knee, or from flat on their bellies. They tell reporters that their mock-violent performance is “so the president sees us and helps us,” as a 12-year-old child named Valentín told the Associated Press.

Because the Mexican government doesn’t protect Ayahualtempa, the display of child soldiers is a form of protest for the small indigenous village. The people of this remote region of Guerrero want protection from the National Guard, and financial help for widows and orphans who have been made so from organized crime.

The villagers don’t trust local authorities, and for good reason. Guerrera is the Mexican state in which 43 teaching students were abducted and killed in an event that is known as the “Iguala mass kidnapping”. Authorities arrested 80 suspects in connection to the event. 44 of them were police officers, working in conjunction with a network of cartels.

Although the demonstrations function largely as a publicity stunt, violence is very much a part of these children’s lives.

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Parents train their children to walk to school with loaded guns, ready to defend themselves against violent gangsters.

The attention-grabbing antics have, to some extent, worked. On one occasion, the government donated some housing material. On another, benefactors gave the community’s orphans and widows scholarships and houses. But as soon as the periodic media storms die down, the federal government continues pretending Ayahualtempa doesn’t exist.

The hypocrisy of the government’s response is frustrating to many. “We’ve normalized that these children don’t eat, are illiterate, are farm workers. We’re used to the Indians dying young, but, ‘How dare they arm them!’” said local human rights activist Abel Barrera to the AP, with a heavy dose of sarcasm.

As for now, until the government moves to protect the community, they say they will continue their demonstrations. “They see that the issue of the children is effective for making people take notice and they think: If that’s what works, we’ll have to keep doing it,” said Barrera.

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

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