Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
It has recently come to our attention that Regent Entertainment has begun adding sensory-friendly screenings to a portion, around 6%, of their theaters. We at the Autism Site enthusiastically applaud this fantastic work on their part and urge them to continue until all their theaters have options for sensory-friendly showings. So keep signing if you support this; they've made excellent progress, but they're not quite there yet!
Goal: 45,000 Progress: 9,510
Sponsored by: The Autism Site

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.

Sign Here

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

Nov 10, 2017 Carolyn Barnett
Nov 10, 2017 Janet Tokarczyk
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have a son who is ASD. This is a great idea
Oct 30, 2017 Patti Morrison
Oct 26, 2017 Donald & Lisa Sorenson
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 Kay Shelton
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2017 Melissa Barnette
Oct 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2017 Roxanne Smith Every person deserves to see a movie in an environment that truly allows an individual to enjoy all the wonder and magic the movies have to of judgment or restraint.
Oct 4, 2017 Jessica Zeigler
Oct 4, 2017 Paula Britt Please offer sensory friendly shows in your theaters so that children with autism can enjoy a movie.
Oct 4, 2017 Sheila Garcia
Oct 4, 2017 Nikki Wallace
Oct 3, 2017 Jennifer Anderson My child is on the spectrum and by incorporating sensory friendly shows in your theatres would help families enjoy time together.
Oct 3, 2017 Kelly Wulff
Aug 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2017 Jeannie Jorgensen
Aug 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) Everyone should be able to have a positive experience.
Aug 28, 2017 Jed Shanabrook
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2017 Anna Strenkoski
Aug 25, 2017 Michaela Stall As a mom of a young man with autism I applaud this exposing any child with autism to new things takes time and patience but as well worth it my son has learned a great deal
Aug 5, 2017 Latonzia Johnson I have 3 kids on the spectrum
Aug 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 Catriona Donovan
Jul 30, 2017 K Mudron
Jul 30, 2017 Karyn Sellers Please! Help us help them!
Jul 30, 2017 Toya Rankin
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) it would be most beneficial to children and adults with special needs
Jul 25, 2017 Grace Little
Jul 25, 2017 Kathy Murdock
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Daniel Resare
Jul 25, 2017 Tammy Clipps
Jul 25, 2017 Debbie P Autism = OHANA !! Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten. ~Stitch of Lilo & Stitch
Jul 25, 2017 Rachel Cano My son has autism spectrum disorder and he's almost 4. Ive never taken him to the theater for fear of other people losing if he has a meltdown. I want him to experience theater but it would be great to have a day where he can go without limits.
Jul 24, 2017 Katie Walker The minute art stops being for everyone is the minute art stops being art.
Jul 24, 2017 Erica Albrecht
Jul 24, 2017 Stephanie Frantz
Jul 24, 2017 Andrew Hain Inclusion is the best way of acceptance.
Jul 24, 2017 Ashley Taney I myself have PDD-NOS... I can never stress enough how much things like this are needed.
Jul 24, 2017 Jennifer Luallin
Jul 24, 2017 Audrey Martin

back to top

Touch of Silver Floral Print Mug
Deep Forest Tunic
Share this page and help fund therapy: