Sensory Friendly Films

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Get up, dance, walk, shout, or sing!

 Don’t miss the next Sensory Friendly Film!

 

Most showings occur Saturdays at 10 a.m. local time  

Tickets cost $4-6 depending on location and
can be purchased on the day of the event.

 

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ribbonIn 2007, AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society teamed up to offer the “Sensory Friendly Films” program as a special opportunity for individuals living with autism and others to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for individuals on the autism spectrum, the movie auditorium keeps their lights turned slightly up (sim lights will remain on) and the sound turned slightly down. The movie (typically G- or PG-rated) will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and won’t show previews or advertisements. Because some have strict, special dietary needs, families are permitted to bring their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks from home.

Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is in question. Being able to relax and enjoy quality family time without worrying if someone will complain or be disturbed by noise of movement is a wonderful experience. Many others, not on the autism spectrum, also enjoy Sensory Friendly Films – it’s a great opportunity for families to meet, siblings of children with autism to get to know other kids, and anyone to enjoy a movie in a climate of acceptance and understanding.

For the best information about current and upcoming AMC Sensory Friendly Films please visit the AMC website directly. Sensory Friendly Films are offered on a monthly basis at many locations nationwide – see a complete list of participating AMC Theatres below. You may contact local theater managers for other details about local showings or if you have any specific questions.

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History of Sensory Friendly Films

The concept of Sensory Friendly Films was born in 2007, when Marianne Ross, of Elkridge Maryland took her young daughter, Meaghan, to a matinee (at another theater chain) to see a movie starring one of her most beloved actors. She intentionally picked an early showing figuring there would be fewer people there, but when Meaghan, at that time seven years old, saw her main man on the big screen she began to flap her hands, dance, twirl and jump up and down. Unfortunately a few other movie-goers complained to staff, and the manager asked the Rosses to leave.

Marianne was frustrated, upset, and a bit angry – Meaghan was so happy and the movie-going experience ended up being so negative. It occurred to her that there were probably a lot of people who found themselves in a similar situation – or worse yet, didn’t even try to go see a movie for fear of the possible outcomes. The net day Marianne called her local AMC Theatre in Columbia Maryland. She asked if Dan Harris, the manager, would be willing to set up a special screening for children on the autism spectrum. Harris, not only took Marianne up on her suggestions, he made some additional adaptations to make the movie even more sensory-friendly. Marianne spread the word about the upcoming screening through her local Autism Society Affiliate and amazingly, 300 people showed up and they had to turn some people away becuase there was no more room in the movie auditorium.

Dan Harris didn’t stop there – he held three additional monthly sensory-friendly movies and contacted AMC’s headquarters to share the idea. At the corporate office Community-Relations Manager, Cindy Huffstickler, thought the concept was excellent and was surprised no one had thought of it before. Cindy contacted the Autism Society of America and the two companies joined forces and mobilized affiliates and theatres in towns all around the country. Those initial national test screenings proved to be just as successful as that first Maryland screening. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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*Participating theatres may change from time to time. Check AMC Theatres website for the most up-to-date list.

 Arizona

AMC Mesa Grand 24
1645 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa, Ariz. 85204

AMC Arizona Center 24
565 North 3rd St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004

AMC Deer Valley 30
3033 W. Agua Fria Fwy., Phoenix, Ariz. 85027

Foothills 15
7401 La Cholla Blvd. Ste. 144, Tucson, Ariz. 85741

Arkansas

AMC Fiesta Square 16
3033 North College, Fayetteville, AR, 72703

California

AMC Downtown Disney District 12
1565 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, Calif. 92802

AMC Covina 30
1414 N. Azusa Ave., Covina, Calif. 91722

AMC Cupertino Square 16
10123 N. Wolfe Rd., Cupertino, Calif. 95014

AMC Showplace Manteca 16
848 Lifestyle St, Manteca Calif. 95337-9507

AMC Ontario Mills 30
4549 Mills Cir., Ontario, Calif. 91764

AMC Block 30
20 City Blvd. W., Ste. 1, Orange, Calif. 92868

AMC Mission Valley 20
640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, Calif. 92108

AMC Palm Promenade 24
770 Dennery Rd., San Diego, Calif. 92154

AMC Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, Calif. 94109

AMC Mercado 20
3111 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, Calif. 95054

AMC Del Amo 18
3525 Carson St., Torrance, Calif. 90503

AMC Promenade 16
21801 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, Calif. 91367

AMC Deer Valley 16
4204 Lone Tree Way Antioch, Calif. 94509

AMC Burbank 16
125 E. Palm Ave. Burbank, CA 91502

Colorado

AMC Southlands 16
23955 E Plaza Ave, Aurora, Colo. 80016-5357

AMC Flatiron 14
61 W Flatiron Cir, Broomfield, Colo. 80021

AMC Highlands Ranch 24
103 W. Centennial Blvd., Highlands Ranch, Colo. 80129

AMC Westminster 24
10655 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, Colo. 80020

Connecticut

AMC Danbury 16
61 Eagle Road, Danbury, Conn. 06810

AMC Plainville 20
220 New Britain Ave., Plainville, Conn. 06062

*See also New York and New Jersey for other theatres in the New York City area

District of Columbia

AMC Georgetown 14
3111 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

*See also Vriginia and Maryland for other theatres in the Washington, D.C. area

Florida

AMC Altamonte 18
451 Altamonte Ave., Altamonte, Fla. 32701

AMC Aventura 24
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 3001, Aventura, Fla. 33180

AMC Coral Ridge 10
3401 NE 26th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33306

AMC Regency 24
9451 Regency Square Blvd Jacksonville, Fla. 32225

AMC Pleasure Island 24
1500 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 32830

AMC Merchants Crossing 16
15201 N Cleveland Ave Suite 800, North Fort Meyers, Fla. 33917

AMC Woodlands Square 20
3128 Tampa Rd., Oldsmar, Fla. 34677

AMC Sarasota 12
8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla. 34238

AMC Sunset 24
5701 Sunset Dr., Ste. 300, South Miami, Fla. 33143

AMC Veterans Expressway 24
9302 Anderson Rd., Tampa, Fla. 33634

AMC Indian River 24
6200 20Th St Rm 600, Vero Beach, Fla. 32966

AMC Tallahassee Mall 20
2415 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, Fla. 32303-4100

AMC Tri-City 8
5140 East Bay Drive Largo, Fla. 33764

AMC The Regency 20
2496 W. Brandon Blvd. Brandon, Fla. 33511

AMC Lake Square 12
10401-015 US Hwy 441 South Leesburg, FL 34788

Georgia

AMC Parkway Pointe 15
3101 Cobb Pkwy Ste 201
Atlanta, GA  30339-3497

AMC Discover Mills 18
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Ste. 415, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043

AMC Southlake 24
7065 Mount Zion Cir., Morrow, Ga. 30260

Illinois

AMC Showplace Galewood 14
5530 W Homer St, Chicago, Ill. 60639-4494

AMC Showplace Naperville 16
2815 Show Place Dr, Naperville, Ill. 60564-5011

AMC Northbrook 14
1525 Lake Cook Rd, Northbrook, Ill. 60062

AMC Showplace Pekin 14
1124 Edgewater Dr, Pekin, Ill. 61554-1588

AMC Showplace Rockford 16
8301 E State St, Rockford, Ill. 61108

AMC Barrington 30
175 Studio Dr, South Barrington, Ill. 60010

AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18
7000 Carpenter Rd, Skokie, Ill. 60077-3236

AMC Showplace Springfield 12
3141 Mercantile Dr, Springfield, Ill. 62702

AMC Lake in the Hills 12
311 North Randall Road, Lake In The Hills, Ill. 60156

AMC Showplace Niles 12
301 Golf Mill Center Niles, Ill. 60714

AMC Showplace Mattoon 10
2509 Hurst Drive, Mattoon, Ill. 61938

AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12
6633 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, Ill. 62025

AMC Yorktown 17
80 Yorktown Shopping Ctr Lombard, Ill. 60148

AMC Schererville 16
875 Deer Creek Dr., Schererville, Ind. 46375

AMC Showplace Carbondale 8.
1263 E. Main Street Carbondale, Ill. 62901

AMC Quincy Showplace 6
300 North 33rd Street Quincy, IL 62301

AMC Quincy Mall 3
3429 Quincy Mall, Quincy, IL

Indiana

AMC Showplace Bloomington 12
2929 W 3rd St, Bloomington, Ind. 47404-5236

AMC Evansville 16,
5600 Pearl Dr, Evansville, Ind. 47712-8114

AMC Castleton Square 14
6020 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46250

AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17
4325 South Meridian Street Indianapolis, Ind. 46217

AMC Showplace Marion 12
713 N Theatre Rd, Marion, Ind. 46952-1710

AMC Showplace Muncie 12    860
E Princeton Ave, Muncie, Ind. 47303-1242

AMC Showplace South Bend 16
450 W Chippewa Ave, South Bend, Ind. 46614-3701

AMC Showplace Hobart 12
2590 Southlake Mall Drive, Merriville, Ind. 46410

AMC Showplace Terre Haute 12
3153 South 3rd Place, Terre Haute, Ind. 47802

AMC Schererville 16
875 Deer Creek Dr., Schererville, Ind. 46375

AMC Showplace Michigan City 14
100 Meijer Drive Michigan City, Ind. 46360

Iowa

AMC Star 16
3220 23rd Ave, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501-7002

*See also Nebraska for other theatres in the Omaha area

Kansas

AMC Studio 30
12075 S. Strangline Rd., Olathe, Kan. 66062

*See also Missouri for other theatres in the Kansas City area

Kentucky

AMC Newport on the Levee 20
One Levee Way Ste 4100, Newport, K.Y. 41071

Louisiana

AMC Elmwood Palace 20
1299 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, La. 70123

AMC Houma Palace 10
5737 W Park Ave, Houma, La. 70364

Maryland

AMC White Marsh 16
8141 Honeygo Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 21236

AMC Columbia Mall 14
10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md. 21044

AMC Rio Cinemas 18
9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, Md. 20878

AMC MJ Capital Center 12
800 Shoppers Way, Largo, Md. 20774

AMC Loews St. Charles Town Ctr. 9
11115 Mall Circle Waldorf, Md. 20601

*See also Virginia and District of Columbia for other theatres in the Washington, D.C. area

Massachusetts

AMC Dartmouth Mall 12
140 North Dartmouth Mall North Dartmouth, Mass. 02747

AMC Framingham 15
22 Flutie Pass, Framingham, Mass. 17014

AMC Tyngsboro 12
440 Middlesex Road Tyngsboro, Mass. 01879

AMC Loews Methuen 20
90 Pleasant Valley St. Methuen, Mass. 01844

AMC Braintree 10
121 Grandview Rd. Braintree, Mass. 02184

AMC Burlington Cinema 10
20 South Ave. Burlington, Mass. 01803

Michigan

AMC Gratiot 21
35705 South Gratiot Ave, Clinton Twp, Mich. 48035

AMC Grand Rapids 18
3000 Alpine Avenue Grand Rapids, Mich. 49544

AMC Livonia 20
19500 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, Mich. 48152

AMC Forum 30
44681 Mound Rd, Sterling Heights, Mich. 48314

Minnesota

AMC Eden Prairie 24
8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, Minn. 55344

AMC Rosedale 14
850 Rosedale Center, Roseville, Minn. 55113

Missouri

AMC Creve Coeur 12
10465 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, Mo. 63141

AMC Barrywoods 24
8101 Roanridge Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64151

AMC Independence 20
19200 E. 39th St. S., Independence, Mo. 64057

*See also Kansas for other theatres in the Kansas City area

Nebraska

AMC Oakview 24
3555 S. 140th Plaza, Omaha, Neb. 68144

*See also Iowa for other theatres in the Omaha area

Nevada

AMC Rainbow Promenade 10
2321 North Rainbow Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nev. 89108

Town Square 18
6587 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nev. 89119

New Jersey

AMC Cherry Hill 24
2121 Route 38, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002

AMC Jersey Gardens 20
651 Kapowski Road, Elizabeth, N.J. 07201

AMC Loews Freehold Metroplex 14
101 Trotters Way, Freehold, N.J. 07728

AMC Hamilton 24
325 Sloan Avenue, Hamilton, N.J. 08619

AMC Wayne 14
67 Willowbrook Blvd, Wayne, N.J. 07470

AMC Rockaway 16
363 Mount Hope Ave, Rockaway, NJ 07866-1645

AMC Clifton Commons 16
405 Route 3 East Clifton, NJ 07014

*See also New York and Connecticut for other theatres in the New York City area; see also Pennsylvania for other theatres in the Philadelphia area

New York

AMC Maple Ridge 8
4276 Maple Rd Amherst, N.Y. 14226

AMC Bay Plaza 13
2210 Bartow Ave., Bronx, N.Y. 10475

AMC 84th Street 6
2310 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10024

AMC Loews Stony Brook 17
2196 Nesconset Highway Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790

AMC Vestal Towne Square 9
2425 Vestal Parkway, Vestal, N.Y. 13850

AMC Webster 12
2190 Empire, Webster, N.Y. 14580

AMC Palisades Center 21
4403 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, N.Y. 10994

AMC Galleria Metroplex 16
1 Galleria Drive, Middletown, NY, 10940

AMC Loews Nassau Metroplex 10
3585 Hempstead Tpke. Levittown, NY 11756

AMC Loews Shore 8
37 Wall Street, Huntington, NY 11743

AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7
190-02 Horace Harding Blvd. Fresh Meadows, NY 11365

*See also New Jersey and Connecticut for other theatres in the New York City area

North Carolina

AMC Concord Mills 24
8421 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, N.C. 28027

AMC Carolina Pavilion 22
9541 South Blvd., Charlotte, N.C.  28273

Oklahoma

AMC Crossroads 16
1211 E I-240 Service Road, Oklahoma City, Ok. 73149

AMC Quaill Springs 24
2501 W Memorial Rd -Ste E, Oklahoma City, Ok. 73134

Ohio

AMC Ridge Park Square 8
4788 Ridge Rd., Brooklyn, Ohio 44144

AMC Lennox 24
777 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43212

*See also Kentucky for other theatres in the Cincinnati area

Pennsylvania

AMC Neshaminy 24
3900 Rockhill, Neshaminy Mall 660, Bensalem, Pa. 19020

AMC Waterfront 22
300 W. Waterfront Dr., West Homestead, Pa. 15120

AMC Painter’s Crossing 9
112 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, Pa. 19382

AMC Tilghman Square 8
4608 Broadway Allentown, Pa. 18104

AMC Franklin Mills Mall 14
1149 Franklin Mills Circle Philadelphia, Pa. 19154

*See also New Jersey for other theatres in the Philadelphia area

South Carolina

AMC Dutch Square 14
421 Bush River Rd., Unit 80, Columbia, S.C. 29210

Texas

AMC Parks at Arlington 18
3861 S Cooper St, Arlington, Texas 76015

AMC Barton Creek 14
2901 Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, Texas 78746

AMC Stonebriar 24
2601 Preston Rd., Ste. 300, Frisco, Texas 75034

AMC Firewheel 18
100 Coneflower Dr., Garland, Texas 75040

AMC Gulf Pointe 30
11801 So. Sam Houston Pkwy E Houston, Texas 77089

AMC Willowbrook 24
17145 Tomball Pkwy Houston, Texas 77064

AMC First Colony 24
3301 Town Centre Blvd. South, Sugar Land, Texas 77479

AMC Mesquite 30
19919 Interstate 635, Mesquite, Texas 75149

AMC Rivercenter 9
849 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, Texas 78205

Utah

AMC Loews Layton Hills 9
728 West 1425 North, Layton, Utah 84041

Virginia

AMC Hampton 24
1 Town Center Way, Hampton, Va. 23666

AMC Tysons Corner 16
7850 Tysons Corner Center, Mclean, Va. 22102

AMC Lynnhaven 18
1001 Lynnhaven Mall Loop, Virginia Beach, Va. 23452

AMC Potomac Mills 18
2700 Potomac Mills Cir., 886-F3, Woodbridge, Va. 22192

*See also Maryland and District of Columbia for other theatres in the Washington, D.C. area

Washington

AMC Kent Station 14
426 Ramsay Way, Kent, Wash. 98032

AMC River Park Square 20
808 W Main Ave Spokane, Wash. 99201

AMC Woodinville 12
17640 Garden Way NE, Woodinville, Wash. 98072

AMC Cascade Mall 16
200 Cascade Mall Dr., Burlington, Wash. 98233

AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center 12
5721 Main Street Southwest Lakewood, Wash. 98499

Wisconsin

AMC Star 18
6091 McKee Rd, Fitchburg, Wisc. 53719-5108

AMC Mayfair 18
2500 N Mayfair Rd., Ste. M186 Wauwatosa, Wisc. 53226

AMC Star Johnson Creek 12
420 Village Walk Lane, Johnson Creek, Wisc. 53038

AMC Desert Star 15
1301 Kalahari Dr., Baraboo, Wisc. 53913