UPDATED JANUARY 2017: For a child or anyone with sensory issues, the high volumes and bright screens of a movie theater can be scary and unpleasant. Autism Society and AMC Loews Theaters bring Sensory-Friendly Films, special screenings of new family movies that everyone can enjoy at the movie theater. Catch a sensory-friendly film at a theater near you in New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut.
A movie theater can be a scary place for a child (or anyone, for that matter) with sensory issues. And yet, what’s better on a rainy weekend or a too-hot summer day than heading to the nearest movie theater to catch the latest family movie and share a few laughs with your little ones?
To make sure more families get to have this experience with their children who have sensory issues, the Autism Society has partnered with select AMC Theatres throughout the U.S. to present Sensory-Friendly Films.
These special screenings feature new family movies (rated G or PG) in a toned-down version of the movie theater experience—the lights stay up, the sound is turned down, and audience members are encouraged to get up, walk around, and make as much noise as they please. All shows start at 10am and tickets are available at the matinee price (usually $6).
Sensory-Friendly Films are shown at the following participating theaters in New York City, the NYC suburbs (including Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield County, CT), and on Long Island.
Movie Theaters offering Sensory-Friendly Films in NYC
AMC 84th Street 6
2310 Broadway, Upper West Side, Manhattan
AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13
2210 Bartow Ave., Bronx
AMC Bay Terrace 6
211-01 26th Ave., Bayside, Queens
AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9
2309 Frederick Douglas Blvd., West Harlem
Movie Theaters offering Sensory-Friendly Films in the NYC Suburbs & Fairfield County, CT
AMC Loews Danbury 16
61 Eagle Road, Danbury, CT
AMC Crystal Run 16
1 Galleria Drive, Middletown
AMC Palisades 21
4403 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
Movie Theaters offering Sensory-Friendly Films on Long Island
AMC Levittown 10
3585 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown
AMC Loews Shore 8
37 Wall St., Huntington
AMC Loews Stony Brook 17
2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook
For an up-to-date list of upcoming screenings and information on how to request these screenings at a different theater, visit amctheatres.com/sff.