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Sensory Friendly Films - Get up and Dance, Shout or Sing!
AMC Amazing Theaters
We Bring AMC Sensory Friendly Films to Families Affected by Autism on a Monthly Basis to Select Communities.
The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!
The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.
We are thrilled to now offer the program at many locations nationwide — please see below for a complete list of participating theatres. As a leading theatrical exhibition company, we are so proud to be making a difference in the estimated 1.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder by offering families a chance to see a movie together — often for the very first time.
Participating AMC Amazing Theaters in Connecticut
61 Eagle Road, Danbury, CT 06810
Showtime Hotline: 888-AMC-4FUN
Guest Services: 203-796-7770
220 New Britain Avenue, Plainville, CT 06062
Showtime Hotline: 888-AMC-4FUN
Guest Services: 860-747-1071

AMC Starplex Southington 12
1821 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike
 Southington, CT 06489

Movie Showings for Guests & Families Living with Autism or Other Special Needs

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

We are now expanding our Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month.
•The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday.
•Family-friendly movies will continue to show Saturdays, starting at 10am local time
•We've added Tuesday showings at 7pm local time that may appeal to others on the autism spectrum.

Share posts and pics of your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly
All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change.
Imagine Nation Museum
On the second Sunday of every month, Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center in Bristol CT will be hosting its “Sensory Sunday Program” which provides families of children with special needs a chance to visit the museum early, to play in a quiet, more manageable setting.  Children with special needs will be given the opportunity to explore and learn through active projects at their own pace and level of development, while practicing socialization in a safe environment. In addition to multisensory interactive exhibits, which invite children to touch, discover and create, the museum will be transformed into a sensory friendly environment with modified lighting and sound adjustments.  The museum is fully wheelchair accessible and equipped with an elevator.  The Museum will open an hour early at 10am exclusively to families with special needs.  At 11am the museum opens to the public.  Reduced admission is $5 per person  For more visit
Imagine Nation
A Museum Early Learning Center
One Pleasant Street
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 540-3199

September 3, 2016 at 3:00pm

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Everyone should get the chance to enjoy live theatre.

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Bye Bye Birdie will be performed with a special audience in mind—people with sensory processing issues. This family-friendly performance is designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues such as PTSD. At this performance, the theatre environment will be altered, providing a safe, friendly, comfortable and judgment-free zone that is welcoming for all. This performance is recommended for those families and caregivers who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism—and would like to bring a loved one to the theatre.

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For questions regarding this special performance, contact Kate Micari: 860.873.8664 x316 or

What is Bye Bye Birdie about? Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie is the talk of the town in Sweet Apple, Ohio, where he is scheduled to give his farewell performance before he goes off to boot camp. But his appearance in Sweet Apple has created a teen-age crisis for new “steadies” Hugo and Kim. Kim just won the chance to give Birdie one last kiss before he goes. Kids, parents, and show folk collide in the Goodspeed debut of this hip-swiveling musical comedy set in the dawn of the sensational 60s.

Here’s what you can expect at a sensory-friendly performance:
  • Pre-show resources such as a character guide, plot synopsis, photos and video from the Goodspeed production, FAQs, and a “coming to the theatre” video
  • Modifications to sound and lighting levels
  • Accepting and inclusive environment
  • Chill-out area for people who need a break

Saturdays, 10:30 am – Noon.
October 15 and November 19, 2016
Yale Center for British Art
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This is a free program for families with children 5 to 12 years of age and on the autism spectrum. Participants look at artwork in the museum’s galleries and create a follow-up art project in a museum classroom. A quiet room is available throughout the session with blankets and sensory toys. While the needs of individuals with autism are taken into account for the design of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings, and other relatives too!
Free, but pre-registration is required. Please e-mail: or call 203 432 2858 with your name, number, and a good time to reach you on the telephone. A museum educator will contact you by phone to complete and confirm your registration.

For more information about past sessions, visit:

Program Flyer (PDF, 523 KB)


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