April 29, 2023, ABC7 Chicago: Sensory-friendly screenings by Emagine theaters helping kids with autism go to the movies https://abc7chicago.com/emagine-movie-theaters-autism-month-sensory-friendly-movies-entertainment/13192822/
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and one theater chain is working to make the movie-going experience enjoyable for everyone.
Twice a month, select Emagine locations host sensory-friendly screenings to create an enjoyable experience for people with sensory needs and their supporters.
Sensory-friendly means house lights are up a bit, and sound is down a bit. All sensory-friendly films are show in 2D. However, no modifications made to the film itself.
Audience interaction is also accepted. If your child needs to get up, move, dance, sing: no problem. Movement, speaking, singing, and even electronic devices (phones, tablets) are allowed.
Guests are also welcome to bring a safe snack for any food allergies or food restrictions.