Cars 2, Harry Potter are Sensory Friendly Films

Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at ajcmomania@gmail.com.

Andy and his son Ty.

Andy and his son Ty.

Three metro Atlanta AMC Theatres and the Autism Society have come together to host Sensory Friendly Films for the autistic and their families in July.

AMC Discover Mills 18, AMC Phipps Plaza 14 and AMC Southlake 24 will show “Cars 2” on July 2 and “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” on July 23.

Since the autistic often have a hypersensitivity to light or sound, the theaters will not go dark and the sound will be lower than usual.

In addition, the theaters will not only waive AMC’s Silence is Golden policy, the audience will be allowed to dance, walk around, shout and sing. Also, families can bring in gluten-free and casein-free snacks, and no previews are advertisements will be shown.

Both movies will begin at 10 a.m. and tickets can be purchased on the day of the movies.

Here is a list and a map of participating theaters.

Does anybody know of any other events or opportunities out there for autistic children?

- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog

21 comments Add your comment

Not that I am going...

June 28th, 2011
1:17 pm

…but it is nice of these theatres to do this…

catlady

June 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

Sounds like I’d like to be there (turning down the sound,no ads, etc).

MomsRule

June 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

Thank you for sharing this information Andy. I don’t have autistic children but I absolutely love that theatres hold these special viewings.

Becky

June 28th, 2011
2:37 pm

This is not anything that I have need of using, but thank you for sharing it with us..Hope those that have need for it, are able to take advantage of it..

Tuckergirl

June 28th, 2011
3:31 pm

Gotta say I am impressed. This is the first I’ve ever heard of anything like this and while my son isn’t autistic, my nephew in Tenn. is and this would be great for him to attend.

Wayne

June 28th, 2011
3:37 pm

We went to see Mr. Popper’s Penguins this past weekend and it was in sensory-friendly mode. We knew that it was – thought our youngest would handle it better. He ended up being bored with the movie but it was nice. We’d do it again.

JJ

June 28th, 2011
3:47 pm

Wayne – did you like the movie? I’m a big Jim Carey fan…..and that movie looks very cute.

Wayne

June 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

JJ: it wasn’t bad. That’s the movie that my wife and I got talking about divorced couples getting back together again. Carrey is a bit subdued in it – not as manic as most of his movies – and I’d probably watch it again with the kids at home. The penquins were kinda neat as they each had different personalities.

One of the credits was pretty funny; you know that because there are animals in it (penquins – duh) they have the Humane Society blurb. Well this one was cute in that it said no animals were harmed but Jim Carrey got bit numerous times – but that he deserved it.

mom2alex&max

June 28th, 2011
9:09 pm

Completely off topic: but Andy, I love your pic! Kid looks just like you.

DB

June 29th, 2011
12:22 am

I’ve got my tickets for the midnight showing of “Harry Potter” — can’t wait!

Kathy

June 29th, 2011
8:05 am

I wish they would turn the sound down for us regular folks. I took Little E (6) to see Cars 2 yesterday and walked out of there with my ears ringing. It was so loud!!

JJ

June 29th, 2011
9:02 am

Kathy – they have to turn the volume up, so you don’t hear all the cell phones going off….LOL.

motherjanegoose

June 29th, 2011
9:02 am

@ Wayne…we once road on a plane where the SEA WORLD penguins were sitting in coach class ON THE PLANE! It caught our attention…at least they were dressed well!

Wayne

June 29th, 2011
9:28 am

@MJG: Now THAT would have been a sight to see. Were they more behaved than the kids on the flight?

motherjanegoose

June 29th, 2011
10:16 am

OOOPS…I should have said flown…sorry!

Oh yeah, we did not even realize that they were there as it was behind us. When we were getting off
the plane, we saw the blue carriers and asked the flight attendant. She shared that they had to fly inside the airplane for temperature reasons and YES they were perfect!

I have FLOWN on planes with children kicking the back of my seat and slapping each other with the seat belt ( in my row) as their Mom dropped them off and sat in another row. EEEEKKKK!

DB

June 29th, 2011
1:05 pm

MJG: Haven’t you perfected the “mom” glare, yet? The one where you stand up, turn around, and say, “Stop that, before I call the flight attendant?” with a meaningful glare?

Ann

June 29th, 2011
3:28 pm

@ Kathy – Before we had kids, a couple of times in movie theaters, my husband or I, within the first 15 minutes of a movie, walked out to the lobby and asked a manager to turn the sound down a little. Each time they complied with our request. It is ridiculous how loud some movies are. We always take ear plugs along now. Last week, we saw the original Willy Wonka at a Roswell theater and it was such a joy to have sound that did not hurt your ears.

djm_NC

June 29th, 2011
6:48 pm

wow…i have 3 friends here who have autistic children…wish they could all go!

Joeann

July 1st, 2011
6:20 pm

Ty for the information my son is autistic. I will be taking my son I will let you know how he would like the movie. A movie that is not so loud it hurts. Florida is showing Cars 2 at 10:00 am Hope my son likes :).

Joeann

July 1st, 2011
6:22 pm

sorry errors in my write a movie that does not hurt. :) last time he went to one of these movies in school he had a blast so now I get to take him :)

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