Did you know that movie theaters often have special sensory friendly movie screenings?
I did not!
I have a friend who has autistic sons and she told me all about it. Here are a few of the questions I asked her…
Do you take your autistic kids to the movie theater?
Of my two autistic boys, one is not sensitive but the other is. We typically like to go to early shows with smaller crowds, especially if the kids need to go to the bathroom a lot.
How is an “autism-friendly” show different than a regular movie showing?
According to my friend:
- sound is lower
- you bring your own food because many in the spectrum can’t eat certain food so this is allowed
- it’s not dark
- talking is allowed
- kid-friendly movies
- movies that the whole family can enjoy
- very affordable and not full price
Sensory Friendly Movies: April & May 2019
On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, movie fans of all ages are invited to enjoy “My Way Matinee” sensory-friendly screenings at Regal. Sensory-friendly titles for the months of April and May include Missing Link, Avengers: End Game, Ugly Dolls and Aladdin. All “My Way Matinee” screenings begin at 10:30 a.m. local time for the exclusive ticket price of $6.50.
“My Way Matinee is a wonderful way the whole family can enjoy the latest movies in a comfortable, sensory-friendly environment,” said Heather Peters, Regal’s director of public relations. “Regal is committed to be the best place to watch a movie, so we consistently strive to offer our moviegoers unique experiences.”
Upcoming screenings include:
Saturday, April 13 – Missing Link (PG)
Saturday, April 27 – Avengers: End Game (PG-13)
Saturday, May 11 – Ugly Dolls (PG)
Saturday, May 25 – Aladdin (PG)
“Regal consistently strives to be the best place for all audiences to watch a movie,” said Heather Peters, Regal’s director of public relations. “My Way Matinee creates a comfortable, sensory-friendly environment with featured movies the whole family can enjoy.”
For a list of theatres in your area offering “My Way Matinee” screenings, please visit Regal’s My Way Matinee webpage.
Movie fans can join the Regal Crown Club to accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn rewards including free popcorn, soft drinks, movies and merchandise. Guests are also encouraged to like Regal’s Facebook page and download the Regal mobile app. Through the app, moviegoers can program their favorite theatres and purchase tickets for their favorite films, all from their phones. Free membership is available online.
Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group, operates one of the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuits in the United States, consisting of 7,210 screens in 550 theatres in 43 states along with American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam and Saipan as of February 28, 2019. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the company’s theatre circuit provides its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience. We are committed to being “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!” Additional information is available on Regal’s website.
About My Way Matinee:
“My Way Matinee” gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie twice monthly with the sound turned down and the lights turned up. All screenings begin at 10:30 a.m. local time for the special ticket price of $6.50. Screenings are typically held the second and fourth Saturdays of every month.