AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films“ program.
The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, Maryland. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.
In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. 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 questioned.
Tickets are $4-6 depending on location and can be purchased on the day of the event. All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change, so call the theatre nearest you to confirm first.
February 25 – Journey 2: the Mysterious Island
March 10 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
April 7 – Pirates! Band of Misfits
June 2 – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
For a complete list of participating theatres nationwide, please click here.
To request AMC “Sensory Friendly Films” in your market, or to learn more about Autism, please contact the AMC Entertainment Community Relations, the Autism Society of America or the Geneva Centre for Autism.
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