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: 9,590
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


May 18, 2018 Linda Weaver
May 13, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 5, 2018 Thomas Cochrane Inclusion should be everyone's prime concern not Judging others you know nothing about. Love this concept
May 5, 2018 Todd Suriano
May 5, 2018 (Name not displayed) My grandson is on the spectrum, at the borderline, and I can tell you that he will go to movies with me. So, deal with it.
May 2, 2018 Stephanie Ayan
Apr 29, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 18, 2018 Amy Weise
Apr 15, 2018 Lorraine Costea
Apr 14, 2018 Candi Gaona
Apr 14, 2018 Norma Molina
Apr 13, 2018 Evelyn Rodriguez Sounds great I have twins girls Kiana and Liana.
Apr 13, 2018 Patricia Chandler Clean entertainment is therapeutic.
Apr 12, 2018 Christine Maidl
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 11, 2018 Heather Todd
Mar 31, 2018 (Name not displayed) I would love this!
Mar 29, 2018 Candace Whitaker My Autistic children need this environment so they can enjoy!
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2018 Adam Brostowitz The way we act toward and what we give to others is defining. Adapt our environments so that more can enjoy.
Mar 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please offer sensory friendly shows at your theaters. It would mean so much to families with autistic children.
Mar 23, 2018 Fredricka Pie
Mar 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2018 Jon Allen
Mar 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) It would be lovely to be able to take my 6 year old son to a more sensory confortable-understanding environment for movies . Your help is gladly appreciated .
Mar 23, 2018 Janet Mays
Mar 23, 2018 Linda Aitken
Mar 23, 2018 Debra Abatie
Mar 15, 2018 Robin Clay
Mar 13, 2018 William Sullivan Regal should realize that besides being the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.
Mar 12, 2018 Barbara Bruno What a wonderful idea! Please do this for autistic people everywhere.
Mar 12, 2018 Janet Sherritt It's the right thing to do
Mar 12, 2018 Eileen Bentzen If you offer sensory friendly theaters, more grandparents (like me) could take their autistic children to movies, a treat for them and money for you!
Mar 10, 2018 Nereida Lozano
Mar 10, 2018 robert dowling
Mar 9, 2018 Dawn Bowers
Mar 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2018 Deni Gereighty This is a brilliant idea!
Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 17, 2018 Amanda Fisher We would love to support this !
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) My autistic grandson can not attend movies because the sound volume is overwhelming. Please make it possible for him to experience the movies with sensory friendly showings.
Feb 8, 2018 Valerie Davidchuk
Feb 8, 2018 Leeba Morse
Feb 8, 2018 Shannon Fletcher
Feb 8, 2018 Marie Bantista
Feb 8, 2018 Pamra Olson-Christensen
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks

back to top

Natural Curiosities Gift Boxed Travel Mug
Share this page and help fund therapy: