ELIZABETH – AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society are teaming 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.
The Sensory Friendly Films® program will continue with a showing of “The Tooth Fairy” at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6 at participating theaters, including AMC Jersey Gardens 20 at 651 Kapowski Road in Elizabeth.
In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for children with autism or other special needs, AMC 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 – the standard silence policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased on the day of the event.
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It often comes with sensory challenges, such as hypersensitivity to light or sound, and children or adults affected by autism may not understand the social boundaries of movie theatre etiquette, such as not talking during the film or sitting still through most of the show.
A full list and map of participating theatres is available at www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.
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