We all know that it’s hard sometimes for our kiddos to sit through an entire movie. Usually a children’s movie is 95 minutes give or take. That can feel like an eternity especially when they get super excited at the action or the storyline. My guy doesn’t need to stand up but he loves to chat and hum loudly during a movie and soar his hand up and down like a rocket ship.
I was excited to see that AMC has specific showings each month where they turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing. This Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. This is great for our special families and then other families also know what to expect.
I love that this is available to adults too because this Mom can peter out sometimes with my own sensory overload! Have fun at the movies!
In 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 (dim lights will remain on) and the sound turned slightly down. 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.
Over 170 participating locations across the United States. See the website for a listing of all locations.
The Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes.
AMC Theaters (a.k.a. American Multi-Cinema Theaters)
Headquarters: AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. P.O. Box 725489 Atlanta, GA 31139
The cost is the price of a regular movie ticket (child, student, adult, military, senior).