April is Autism Awareness Month, and AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings. Not only this month but every month, we screen the latest releases in a sensory-friendly environment that’s a little quieter and a little brighter. Getting up to dance, walk, shout and sing is all part of the experience.
President and CEO of the Autism Society of America Scott Badesch said, “AMC is a very strong and cherished partner of the Autism Society. We value the partnership, because AMC is enabling hundreds of thousands of families impacted by autism to enjoy the movie-going experience, as well as allowing the over 1.5 million people who are autistic to attend a movie without being impacted by the far too often sensory-related noise and lights that are part of a movie showing.”
Sensory Friendly Films started in 2008 and has expanded to more than 200 AMC theatres across the U.S. Since the beginning, Director of Special Content at AMC Scott Landes has been a champion of the program, which hits close to home as his son is on the autism spectrum. “All of the sudden, we could go [to the movies] as a family,” he said of the program.
That’s the ultimate goal for both AMC and the Autism Society: to enable families to spend time together, enjoying the time-honored wonders of seeing a film at a theatre.
“At the end of the day, Sensory Friendly is about inclusivity,” Landes said. “All we’re trying to do is give people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to enjoy movies in a theatre an environment that’s conducive to them.”
By providing a tailored environment, AMC hopes to help our guests with autism better relate to the world around them and bring them into more conversations with friends and peers about the latest releases.
Every second and fourth Saturday, little movie lovers can watch new family-friendly films; on Tuesday evenings, we cater to teens and young adults. Check out our sensory-friendly showings for April and May.
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Bring your pack to see the inspiring true story of the most decorated dog in U.S. Army history. In the animated adventure-comedy, a stray dog gets adopted by a soldier training for World War I, with whom he forges an unbreakable bond.
Young Adult Films
Big meets bigger in Dwayne Johnson’s new action film. Watch the star go head-to-head with raging creatures of enormous size, not only to halt a global catastrophe, but also to save the fearsome beast that was once his friend — an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla named George.
Avengers: Infinity War
Join Marvel superheroes in an unprecedented cinematic journey 10 years in the making. The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Get ready for the return of your favorite fast-talking, foul-mouthed antihero. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, cafeteria chef Wade Wilson must battle ninjas, the yakuza and a pack of canines as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship and flavor.
Check your local AMC theatre listings for sensory-friendly film showtimes, and get your tickets today. Don't forget to share your fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.