At The Movies

Posted by on Apr 4, 2010 | 3 comments

We have never taken our children to the movies. We watch films all the time at home, but we have never braved an actual theatre with children in tow. At first it was age and the wiggles that stopped us, but now it’s the fear that at least one of us will be trapped in the lobby with a freaked-out Jack.

There is hope for us yet.

AMC Theatres, in partnership with The Autism Society of America, is now showing sensory-friendly movies for families affected by autism in select communities.  The sound is turned down, the lights are kept up, guests are free to move around as necessary, and children with special diets are welcome to bring their own snacks.  All shows are at 10am.

Click here to learn about the program and movie schedule, and click here to find a theatre near you.

Jack might just get to see Toy Story 3 in the theatre after all.  That is, if he doesn’t run screaming from Buzz Lightyear first.


Update: 6/10: Victory!



Here’s the movie schedule for the next few months –

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


How did you get your toddler used to going to the movies?  What ridiculous things did they do on their first trips?  Have you ever taken your sensory-sensitive child to the movies?

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