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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!
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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

Jul 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2017 Helena Miller Every child must have a chance to do this in his or her lifetime many times to come.
Jul 21, 2017 Donna Cosimano
Jul 19, 2017 Hagyeong Lim
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Rebecca Carr Please provide a sensory showing at your theaters for children/adults with Autism. It's very important to my family as well as many others!
Jun 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 Hannah Adams
Jun 26, 2017 nicebcguy2001 Slater
Jun 26, 2017 Rayna Robinson I have a 5 year old son with Autism, and it's very hard going out and enjoying activities/out food because alot of places are not equipped for people with Autism. I say please offer the sensory shows so people with Autism can enjoy just like everyone else
Jun 19, 2017 Bonnie Schramm I envcourage you to have special movie times for children with special needs.
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 Lacey O'Leary
Jun 19, 2017 Travis Barnard
Jun 18, 2017 Sabrina Parducci I believe our children deserve the same experiences all other children experience. They need to see the world as well and be exposed to it's beauty in every sense.
Jun 18, 2017 Joseph Mullaney
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 8, 2017 Nicole Bornemann
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 29, 2017 Diane Boulais
May 27, 2017 Melody Robinson
May 27, 2017 Adriana Gonzalez
May 27, 2017 Annette Amaya
May 26, 2017 Madai Carbonell
May 26, 2017 Marion Settle
May 26, 2017 Cara Werner
May 26, 2017 michael Tanner
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2017 Les Brown
May 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2017 Sergio Cruz
May 17, 2017 jane cook
May 10, 2017 Wendi Myers
May 7, 2017 P D
Apr 26, 2017 Jordi Stclair My great nephew has autism...non verbal. He is just over 3&1/2. We are in desperate need to have more companies catering to children on the Autism spectrum.
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 Terti Jones
Apr 26, 2017 Connie capps
Apr 25, 2017 june lingard my grandson needs this also my grandaughter
Apr 25, 2017 Faith McLaughlin
Apr 25, 2017 Jennifer Green
Apr 25, 2017 amanda westoven
Apr 25, 2017 yeminaliz arce
Apr 24, 2017 Luna Grillo
Apr 23, 2017 robbie thomas
Apr 23, 2017 Hazel Sharrad
Apr 21, 2017 Emily Cameron
Apr 18, 2017 Elizabeth Frost

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