Sensory Friendly Films -Autism Society

AMC Theaters have a unique new program where they run a special showing of a current movie in a “sensory friendly” fashion. The film is shown with the lights on, the sound turned down, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

This is supposed to be a set-up that is especially helpful for autistic individuals who may find a standard dark theater frightening. According to the AMC Theaters, “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.”

SInce then, they have rolled out the program of Autism friendly movies nationwide. All shows air at 10AM. Upcoming Sensory-Friendly showings* include:

  • April 10How to Train Your Dragon
  • May 22Shrek 4
  • June 26Toy Story 3
  • July 17Despicable Me
  • August 7Cats & Dogs 2
  • September 25Guardians of Ga’Hoole
  • October 9The Zookeeper

Participating Theaters in the Orange County area (and surrounding areas) include:

  • The Block 30
  • Covina 30
  • Del Amo 18
  • Downtown Disney 12
  • Ontario Mills 30
  • Promenade 16
  • Mission Valley 20

For an additional list of theaters, click here.


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