Don’t miss Cars 2 this Saturday and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on July 23!
June 30, 2011
By Autism Society
The Autism Society and AMC Theatres have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities and sensory issues a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. Sensory Friendly Films provides the opportunity to see a new release in a theatre without the stress caused by darkness and noise. Audience members can watch as actively as they wish without being hushed or asked to leave. In short, these monthly viewings, currently offered at 132 AMC locations, make it possible for anyone to go to the movies – something many persons with autism and their families would not otherwise be able to do.
7 Facts about Sensory Friendly Films: What Distinguishes Them from Other Movies?
1. Lights: The auditorium lights are left on at a dim level so the room is not too dark.
2. Sound: The film volume is turned down in order to avoid excessive loudness.
3. Audience: At conventional film showings, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy discourages potentially disruptive behavior on the part of audience members. At Sensory Friendly Films, talking, singing, moving around the room and other activity is permitted.
4. Snacks: Viewers are allowed to bring food from home, accommodating gluten- and casein-free diets.
5. Time: Films are shown at 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday mornings when the theater is less crowded and kids have more energy.
6. Previews: No previews are shown before the movie- the good part starts right away (so don’t be late!)
7. Cost: Sensory Friendly Films are offered at a reduced price of $4-$6, depending on the theater.
For show times, a list of participating theaters and more information about the program, visit www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.
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