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”
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▪ 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.