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Autism Friendly Showing of Half-Blood Prince due July 25

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Posted by: sue
July 13, 2009, 03:28 PM

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!

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360 Points

That’s so cool!

Posted by KDumbledore on July 13, 2009, 03:35 PM report to moderator
135 Points

What a wonderful idea. Shame there isn’t a UK version (2 my knowledge)

Posted by sianletley on July 13, 2009, 03:40 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Excellent idea!

Posted by Won_Two on July 13, 2009, 03:47 PM report to moderator
542 Points

great idea!!!! im glad that the joy of HP will go to all children!!!!

Posted by Morgana_Black*WBM* on July 13, 2009, 03:52 PM report to moderator
865 Points

That is a really good idea. Everyone deserves to get to enjoy lifes great pleasures, like Harry Potter movies!

Posted by RavenSmith {[WBM]} on July 13, 2009, 03:52 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

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.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on July 13, 2009, 03:59 PM report to moderator
49 Points

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 :)

Posted by BlueOwl4 on July 13, 2009, 04:06 PM report to moderator
3031 Points

thats very nice of them

Posted by Horcruxalej on July 13, 2009, 04:15 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

thats awsome!!!

Posted by The Nerd on July 13, 2009, 04:20 PM report to moderator
229 Points

Great great idea! You don’t know how many parents appreciate that news!

Posted by akcorr on July 13, 2009, 04:20 PM report to moderator
690 Points

That is really awesome that they are doing that.

Posted by carebie on July 13, 2009, 04:25 PM report to moderator
650 Points

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!

Posted by hp_flower {WBM} on July 13, 2009, 04:27 PM report to moderator

That’s absolutely fantastic news. We should all enjoy HP.

Posted by SwedishSkinJer on July 13, 2009, 04:29 PM report to moderator
439 Points

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.

Posted by CandyCane2304 on July 13, 2009, 04:52 PM report to moderator
272 Points

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.

Posted by SarahW (Poet) on July 13, 2009, 04:55 PM report to moderator
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