AMC Theaters 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 auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!
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, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.
AMC Theatres are thrilled to now offer the program at many locations nationwide — please see below for a local list of participating theaters. As a leading theatrical exhibition company, they are proud to be making a difference in the estimated 1.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder by offering families a chance to see a movie together — often for the very first time.
These are the new screening dates for the rest of the year:
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – DOLPHIN TALE 2
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – BOOK OF LIFE
Saturday, November 29, 2014 – HOME
Saturday, December 13, 2014 – PADDINGTON
These are the participating theaters in the Los Angeles area:
- Burbank 16
- Covina 30
- Del Amo 18
- Downtown Disney 12
- Norwalk 20
- Ontario Mills 30
- Promenade 16
- Puente Hills 20
- Orange 30
- Tyler 16
Most showings occur Saturdays at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets are usually $4-6 depending on location and can be purchased on the day of the event. Please check with the theater to verify program time, date, and price of ticket.