May 5th Sensory Friendly Film: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Once a month, AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities ”Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings“ – a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite “family-friendly” films in a safe and accepting environment.

The movie auditoriums will have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in snacks to match their child’s dietary needs (i.e. gluten-free, casein-free, etc.), there are no advertisements or previews before the movie and it’s totally acceptable to get up and dance, walk, shout, talk to each other…and even sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced during movie screenings unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Does it make a difference? Absolutely! “It can be challenging enough to bring a child to a movie theater” says Special Needs Parenting Expert Rosie Reeves “they are dark, the sound is very loud, there are tempting stairs and rails and they are expected to sit still and stay quiet”. For a parent with a special needs child attempting an outing like this may seem overwhelming. And yet getting out, being with the community and sharing in an experience with an audience can be invaluable for just such children”.

On May 5th at 10am local time, The Pirates! Band of Misfits will be screened as part of the Autism Society “Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings” program. Tickets are $4 to $6 depending on the location. To find a theatre near you, here is a list of AMC theatres nationwide participating in this fabulous program (note: to access list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).

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Editor’s note: Although The Pirates! Band of Misfits has been chosen by the Autism Society as this month’s Sensory Friendly screening, we do want parents to know that it is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for mild action, rude humor and some language. As always, please check the IMDB Parent’s Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your child.

About the Author

Stefanie Zucker is President and co-founder of Pediatric Medical and Managing Director and co-founder of Axios Partners, a strategy consulting firm. After a number of years spent researching the safety issues associated with transporting children on ambulances she became a child health safety advocate and formed Pediatric Safety with a goal of creating a world-wide movement of parents and caregivers inspired to protect the health and safety of kids. Stefanie is a member of the PedSafe Team


4 Responses to “May 5th Sensory Friendly Film: The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

  1. Very cool. I saw the Pirates movie and it’s definitely an entertaining one 🙂

    I’ve worked with people with Autism for awhile now and sometimes it’s very challenging at the movie theater with all the sensory overload going on. It’s cool that programs like this exist to make it a more autism-friendly theater.

    • Stefanie Zucker sazucker says:

      Thanks David! I’ve also found they’re great for really young kids who have trouble sitting still for an hour and a half. No one telling them to shhhh! If they want to jump up and down with excitement it’s ok… they can really get into it (and it’s really nice to see) 🙂

      • Very cool. I’d love to see an event like this in San Diego 🙂

        • Stefanie Zucker Stefanie Zucker says:

          Hi David – there are actually 2 AMC theaters in San Diego that show Sensory Friendly films each month… here are their addresses:

          AMC Mission Valley 20
          640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, Calif. 92108

          AMC Palm Promenade 24
          770 Dennery Rd., San Diego, Calif. 92154

          The next film they’re featuring is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and it’s showing on August 11th. Hope you and your family have fun!! 🙂

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