My parents came to Christ when I was about three or four years old. They responded to the witness of a home missionary who was planting a fundamental Baptist church in their small Michigan town. After they were baptized and joined that church, they brought up their children under the sound of its teaching.
In those days, fundamentalist churches almost universally recognized a ban on theater attendance. No real distinction was made between the stage and the screen, though stage productions were not very accessible to most people. Typically, this prohibition was understood in simple terms: “Christians don’t go to movies.”
That has changed. For the present generation of young fundamentalists, theater attendance is probably more fundamental than daily devotions. Most Christians, even those in relatively conservative circles, resent the suggestion that they should not attend movies. They are likely to bristle about what they call legalism, and they pride themselves upon the refinement of their spiritual discernment for the selection of theatrical amusements.