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Family outings to the movie theater are a great way to get out with your children and spend a few hours laughing together. Millions do it every week. Yet, for families that have children with autism, a day at the movies can be a difficult, and sometimes impossible, ordeal. Too many parents have stories about their children disturbing other viewers, which often leads to being asked to leave the theater. That can be traumatizing for the child and parents. So what can we do?

Recently there has been a trend in sensory friendly films in certain theaters. These showings help to make the experience easier for kids and adults by leaving the lights dimmed, but not turned off, keeping sound reduced from the normal booming audio, and also encouraging kids to clap, talk, and even play in the theater! There are no worries about complaints or meltdowns; kids can behave how they need to.

Sadly, not every chain takes part in this new effort. While theater chain AMC started the sensory friendly shows trend, they are hardly the largest theater chain, making it difficult for many people to take part in these shows. We would like to see that change!

The largest theater chain in America, Regent Entertainment, does not offer sensory friendly showings. Chances are you have a Regent theater near you, and if they were to offer sensory friendly shows, the rest of the industry would most likely follow. This is the first step to making family movie days a wonderful and stress-free experience.

Ask CEO of Regent Entertainment Amy Miles to offer sensory friendly shows in their theaters so every family can enjoy a trip to the movies.

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Dear Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles,

I am writing on behalf of the 3.5 million Americans on the autism spectrum who would love to be guests in your theater, but don't feel welcome.

For many families, going to see a movie is an entertaining way to spend time together. But for kids on the autism spectrum, the traditional movie experience can be overwhelming due to loud noises and the dark environment. For many families with kids on the spectrum, going to a movie theater together is simply not an option. Luckily, forward thinking theater chains have begun to offer sensory-friendly showings, allowing for even more guests, far more income, and providing a safe place for these families to take their children.

What we find disturbing is that, as the largest movie chain in American, Regent Entertainment can also you refuse to make the parents and children that are not able to take part in a traditional movie experience feel welcome. By refusing to acknowledging and welcoming them, you are not only being dismissive, you are missing out on what could create an enormous, new revenue stream. Creating a family friendly environment is simple and low-cost, and will go a long way in making people on the spectrum feel less stigmatized. Instead, guests at Regal Entertainment theaters feel they are not welcome to come see a show if their child is on the spectrum.

There are so many families with children on the spectrum who would love to become your regular customers. Please follow the lead of other major theater chains and help make families with children on the spectrum feel welcome in your theaters by providing them with sensory-friendly screenings.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures

Feb 20, 2017 Dee Ann Neely
Feb 12, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Feb 10, 2017 Cathy Upton Sensory is a big issue for our kids they would enjoy movies too
Feb 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2017 Kelly Middlecamp
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Feb 7, 2017 Mary Ann McCroskey
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Feb 7, 2017 Kimberly Wright
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Feb 3, 2017 Anthony Charles
Jan 31, 2017 Anna Moriwaki
Jan 31, 2017 Sylvia Broad
Jan 31, 2017 Jennifer Smith My daughter is autistic and my son has sensory issues. We have unfortunately felt the weight of a stare and don't feel comfortable going to regular showings. This would be a wonderful service for our family
Jan 29, 2017 Rori Stevens
Jan 25, 2017 Patty Eible
Jan 25, 2017 Darnie Hibbler-Nelson
Jan 23, 2017 Rogi Rogic
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Gregg Flanegan
Jan 19, 2017 ava laracuente Thank you
Jan 18, 2017 Mindy Parks Great idea! This could be really helpful for people on the spectrum and their families.
Jan 18, 2017 Paul Williams
Jan 18, 2017 Nina Domergue
Jan 10, 2017 Theresa Palmer This is a growing population and needs this access
Jan 10, 2017 Diane Tilgner
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 Kristine Smith Please add sensory friendly film times. It's a whole lot of kids and a new source of revenue for your theaters. I travel an hour away to take my son to the nearest AMC theater for every movie. Please consider it. Thank you!
Jan 7, 2017 Rita Camaño
Jan 5, 2017 Sheila Kunda
Jan 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 Tammie Everhart
Jan 3, 2017 Ariel Perez I have an autistic 6 year old. I'm so used to hearing people whisper to themselves about my son whenever he has a public meltdown. I shouldn't have to be 'embarrassed' by my son (not that I am!) People should try to be more empathetic.
Jan 3, 2017 Marcia Kriegbaum
Dec 26, 2016 ana trillo
Dec 23, 2016 Karl Zimmerman
Dec 22, 2016 julian zrnic help
Dec 21, 2016 DOUG SNYDER
Dec 18, 2016 Sydney Hoppe
Dec 13, 2016 (Name not displayed) Help these kids enjoy movies like everyone else. Not all of us can get to a different city.
Dec 13, 2016 Jose Antonio Velasco
Dec 13, 2016 Rhonda Powell
Dec 12, 2016 Cynthia Cabel
Dec 12, 2016 Cindy Savoy I would love to bring my grandson to a movie!
Dec 11, 2016 Linda McGee As the grandmother of a grandson with autism showing these movies would be a blessing.

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