February 9, 2015

Cineplex launches Sensory Friendly Screenings for people with autism

Sensory friendly theatres
Christian Killough, and his father Steve Killough, foreground, watch 'Puss in Boots' during a special sensory friendly showing at the Rave Theater in Montgomery, Ala. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.(AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)

TORONTO - Cineplex Entertainment is launching a special screening program for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

The Canadian movie theatre company says its Sensory Friendly Screenings will include 2D projection, increased auditorium lighting, lower volume and smaller crowds.

Theatres will also allow families to bring in outside food and take a break from screenings in a nearby "calm zone."

Cineplex says the screenings will take place in select venues on select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., before theatres open to the general public. MORE >

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