Cry room

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A cry room or crying room is a space designed for people to take babies or small children for privacy or to reduce the disturbance of others. They are usually found in churches, theatres, and cinemas.[1][2] In some venues, they are called "infant care rooms".[3] Cry rooms are often designed with soundproofing properties to dampen the sounds made within. Many are equipped with a speaker system to allow the occupants to continue to listen to the main presentation, be it a church service or performance in a theatre.[4]

Some churches have cry rooms for when a child becomes "out of control, disruptive enough to distract people, or makes it hard for others to hear or contemplate".[5] Cry rooms are used in theatres and cinemas to allow a child to be taken out of the main auditorium while still allowing the accompanying adult to watch the performance.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Bott, Tim (2009). "Cry Room Acoustics". Acoustic Sciences Corporation. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions - What is a Cry Room?". Warren Theaters LLC. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Landmark Theatres. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Cry/Toddler Room". St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Question: Do you have a Cry Room or Childcare?". Saint Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Parish. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  6. ^ "About Reading cinemas". Rhodes. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Crying Rooms". CMAX Cinemas Palmerston. Retrieved 18 August 2013.