Autism Friendly Showing of Half-Blood Prince due July 25


Jul 13, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The Autism Society of America has announced an autism-friendly event for fans of Harry Potter. Select AMC movie theaters across the US will be holding a special screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for those affected by autism on July 25th. This event, part of their “Sensory Friendly Films” program is designed to allow those who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the newest Harry Potter movie. The society says: “In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this
unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought
up and the sound turned down; families will be able to bring in their
own gluten-free, casein-free snacks; and no previews or advertisements
will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are
welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words,
AMC’s “Silence is Goldenpolicy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.” More info on the participating theaters can be found here.

Thanks so much Elizabeth!

39 Responses to Autism Friendly Showing of Half-Blood Prince due July 25

Avatar ImageKDumbledore says: That's so cool!Avatar Imagesianletley says: What a wonderful idea. Shame there isn't a UK version (2 my knowledge)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Excellent idea!Avatar ImageMorgana_Black says: great idea!!!! im glad that the joy of HP will go to all children!!!!Avatar Imageravensmith says: That is a really good idea. Everyone deserves to get to enjoy lifes great pleasures, like Harry Potter movies!Avatar ImageFresca says: That is a wonderful idea! People with autism have alot of challenges in their lives, and to be able to enjoy amoviemust be a thrill . Too bad more theatres don't do this.Avatar ImageBlueOwl4 says: Wow, this is such a lovely idea, it really expresses the books' idea that we must accept all different types of people and not just discriminate them. Hope the idea expands to other countries :)Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: thats very nice of themAvatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: thats awsome!!!Avatar Imageakcorr says: Great great idea! You don't know how many parents appreciate that news!Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: That is really awesome that they are doing that. Avatar ImageHP_Flower says: That's such a great idea! I've never heard of anyone doing something like this. I'm so happy that there are people that care!Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: That's absolutely fantastic news. We should all enjoy HP.Avatar ImageCandyCane2304 says: That's real nice. I have acousin who has Autism, but he's not allowed to watch Harry Potter. Some of my family have religion beliefs against Harry Potter.Avatar ImageSarah Wilkes says: Wonderful! Yay for AMC! I bet a lot of siblings of autistic kids will love being able to share a movie theater experience with their brother or sister. The movie volume and certain plot elements can be a little intense at times.Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: Alas, my son is too young to see this film, right now, but it's great to know that there are films he CAN see that won't be too loud...that's really the only sensory issue he has, but it's great to hear! Although, he has learned to just cover his ears with his hands, and deals with it just fine that way. He is beginning to really like Harry Potter (movies). I can't wait till he's ready for me to read the series with him! Erin ErinAvatar Imageizziewitch says: This is wonderful on AMC's part. How special for these special kids.Avatar ImageThe Stew says: This is a great thing AMC is doing. I am glad to see people are thinking of other children and adults that have autism. I am very excited about this....honestly! 2 thumbs Up AMCAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Thats really good of them to do. I dont really know what autism is but its good to help those with it.Avatar Imageterieb says: How cool is AMC!! And I'm glad to see that my local theatre is on the list of the participants.Avatar Imagebiiigbob says: Smart marketing. Special screenings for people with special needs generates good will with the public as well as audience loyalty. A bit of win/win with this one.Avatar Imagelisajean65 says: It is so wonderful that they are doing this for these kids!Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: That's great! What an awesome thing to do :)Avatar Imagepotter_mom_in_GA says: I love this idea! My best friend and I got to go the midnight showing last year sans kids. This year we can't do that and were hoping to go together again, but couldn't because her child with autism wouldn't be able to handle it. Maybe this will catch on, there are so many families that will be able to enjoy this new experience. My kudos to AMC. Avatar Imagepotter_mom_in_GA says: Yes! Our local theater is one of the participants! Avatar ImageLucia Meadows says: I like movie theaters that offer special screenings for those who may not be able to go to a regular show. I usually hear about the baby shows (where parents can bring in infants and it's all right for them to cry) and closed captioning/subtitles for the hearing impaired. What a great idea for those kids who typically can't go out to the movies!Avatar ImageIvyann says: That is incredible. My son has autism and while I can bring him to the movies he tends to talk a lot through them. It would be nice to not have to shush him. Avatar ImageChrysanthemum says: I hope it becomes a trend, at least for matinee's. My autistic daughter would be much more comfortable, but honestly, all my kids would be more comfortable. Movie theaters have been too dark and too loud for too long.Avatar Imagepotterversefan says: As the parent of an Aspergers Child I say Thank You!! My son 's sensory overload has been more managable since he has grown and learned coping skills, but I can see how wonderful this is for people not as blessed as we are.Avatar ImageKristin1994 says: thats great! i love that.Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: That truly is a lovely idea. Everyone deserves to see HP on the big screen, I'm sure they'll have a great time.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: That's a great idea. I hope lots of people go and enjoy it! :)Avatar ImageHufflepuffler says: That's awesome!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: thats a good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageBetsyJayne says: This is a fabulous idea! I'd love to be a fly on the wall during one of these screenings,; these kids are going to have a great time.Avatar Imagecauldronjane says: A very good move indeed. Everyone should be able to enjoy the films!Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: Great idea! It's so nice!Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: What a great idea! :-DAvatar ImageKiralay says: This is wonderful.

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