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Southpoint 17 among AMC Theatres launching sensory friendly screenings

Posted May 30, 2013

AMC Theatres is launching a monthly series of sensory friendly films for families affected by autism.

Southpoint 17 at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham is among the theaters across the country that will offer the series. It begins on Saturday with a screening of Epic 2D. Tickets are $6.50 for kids and adults. All movies start at 10 a.m.

During the screenings, the auditoriums will have the lights up and the sound turned down, according to AMC's website. Audience members are welcome to dance, walk, shout or sing.

The program started after a parent with a child with autism asked for a special screening at a theater in Maryland. That day, more than 300 people showed up.

Here's the schedule:

June 1: Epic 2D

June 29: Monsters University

July 13: Despicable Me 2

Aug. 10: The Smurfs 2

Oct. 5: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Dec. 7: Frozen 2D

For details, check AMC's website.


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  • computer trainer May 30, 2013

    So the difference from usual is what? People act like they are at home in the theater anyway.

  • busyb97 May 30, 2013

    It's a great start though! Good for them.

  • dearoccupant May 30, 2013

    I love this, but wish that there were sensory screenings for movies that older children with autism want to see too.