This Saturday, January 31st at 10:00am, the Autism Society of America and AMC Theatres will present another “sensory-friendly film” at several multiplexes around Kansas City. This time, it will be Hotel for Dogs – past presentations have included Madagascar 2 and Bolt.
If you have a child with autism, sensory processing issues or any “spectrum”-related behaviors, these sensory-friendly films may be a dream come true. They give families a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for these families, the 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. No shushing unless someone is unsafe.
Participating theatres in the Kansas City area are Barrywoods 24 in Kansas City North (I-29 and Barry Road), Independence 20 near Independence Mall and Studio 30 in Olathe (119th & Strang Line). Tickets are $4-6 depending on location and can be purchased on the day of the event. And then watch our EVENTS CALENDAR for the next movie announcement!
For more information about autism and other disabilites on the autism spectrum or for some local support, contact the Autism Society of the Heartland, a great parent organization here in the Kansas City metro. Other local autism support groups include: