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West Warren theater to host more ‘sensory-sensitive’ movies this summer

Sensory-sensitive showings are one Saturday a month this summer at 11:30 a.m. at the west Warren Theatre, 9150 W. 21st St.
Sensory-sensitive showings are one Saturday a month this summer at 11:30 a.m. at the west Warren Theatre, 9150 W. 21st St. File photo

Children with autism, sensory disorders or other special needs and their families are invited to more “sensory-sensitive” showings of first-run movies at the Warren Theatre in Wichita this summer.

Bob Nooe, a counselor at Greiffenstein Alternative Elementary School in Wichita, partnered with the Warren to launch the sensory-sensitive movie screenings in 2012.

Shows are one Saturday a month at 11:30 a.m. at the west Warren Theatre, 9150 W. 21st St. Normal ticket prices apply. Here is the schedule:

▪ June 18: “Finding Dory”

▪ July 9: “The Secret Lives of Pets”

▪ Aug. 6: “Ice Age: Collision Course”

For children with certain forms of autism or sensory disorders, theaters can be frightening. The dark environment and ear-splitting audio, combined with policies that require moviegoers to stay seated and quiet, can make movie outings impossible for them and their families.

During the sensory-sensitive screenings, theater officials turn the house lights up a little more than usual and turn the sound down. Movies are shown in auditoriums with sloped aisles rather than stairs, so audience members can move around, talk, dance or sing.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias

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