Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sensory Friendly Films for People with Autism and Other Disabilities

AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to offer Sensory Friendly Films for individuals and families affected by autism and other disabilities.

Selected AMC theaters will offer special screenings on a monthly basis in an environment that is friendly, welcoming and inclusive for individuals with special sensory concerns. Lights will be turned up and the sound will be turned down during sensory friendly film screenings in order to create a safe and comfortable viewing experience for the special audience. No previews or advertisements will be shown prior to the movies. Participants will be allowed to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks. In addition, audience members will be free to get up, move around, dance, sing or shout during the movie!

Tickets are $4-$6, depending on location. Upcoming sensory friendly films screens include:

December 11-The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
January 8-Gulliver’s Travels
February 12-Gnomeo and Juliette

Click on the link for a list of participating AMC theaters. To request that sensory friendly films be shown in your local AMC theater, send an email to

AMC Entertainment’s Sensory Friendly Films initiative is a perfect example of a company engaging in smart business practices while simultaneously demonstrating its commitment to socially responsibility by creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for customers with autism and other special needs. Please contact AMC Entertainment to express your support for this program:

AMC Entertainment Inc.

P.O. Box 725489

Atlanta, GA 31139-9923

I am hopeful that the success of this program will lead to its expansion into all AMC theaters, and that other companies, organizations and institutions will follow suit by offering products, services and facilities that are responsive to the needs of individuals affected by autism and other disabilities.

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