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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

Apr 21, 2017 Emily Cameron
Apr 18, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Apr 11, 2017 Ellen Utsinger
Apr 11, 2017 Laura Vanesa García
Apr 9, 2017 Cian McKenna This would be a wonderful experience for all special needs children. Please at aside some time on the weekends or just dedicate one theater section for them.
Apr 9, 2017 Anna Anguiano
Apr 9, 2017 Jameece McLaren
Apr 9, 2017 Victoria Gomez
Apr 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2017 Debra Tate
Apr 6, 2017 Angela Tune
Apr 6, 2017 Melissa Evju
Apr 6, 2017 Kathee Smith
Apr 4, 2017 Shari Herrick
Apr 4, 2017 Jennifer Berard
Apr 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 4, 2017 Cynthia Martin
Apr 4, 2017 Heather Endicott
Apr 4, 2017 Bernadette Chavarin
Apr 4, 2017 Mikell Simmons Adding Sensory showings will provide an ROI that is more valuable than currency.
Apr 4, 2017 Trish Kenna
Apr 4, 2017 Nurul Mohammad
Apr 4, 2017 Michele Chavez It's time to get it together
Apr 4, 2017 Tammy Stillman
Apr 4, 2017 Sally Coy
Apr 4, 2017 Casey Muhs
Apr 4, 2017 Diana Soucy My son is on the Autism spectrum! This would be amazing to have these theatres EVEREYWHERE!! Take this from a mother who can't convince her son to watch a movie in theatre! GET IT DONE!!!
Apr 4, 2017 Donna Zulauf
Apr 3, 2017 Amy Rice
Apr 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2017 Jean Buchanan
Apr 3, 2017 Brenda Feliciano
Apr 2, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Apr 2, 2017 Nora Sotomayor
Apr 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 1, 2017 Alicia Bynum
Apr 1, 2017 Manuela Masella
Mar 31, 2017 Cynthia Arneson
Mar 31, 2017 Dale Clausen Meyer These children's talents are often hidden because of misinterpretation of their reactions to obnoxious noises, lights. There's always a good story within the lower level of lights & noise.
Mar 31, 2017 Donna McEvoy This would help with siblings who sometimes aren't able to attend because of needs of autistic child.
Mar 31, 2017 Alexandra Smith
Mar 31, 2017 Therese Kelly
Mar 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2017 Jessica Froneman
Mar 31, 2017 Heidi Parvela
Mar 31, 2017 Deborah Hurley My grandson had sensory issues
Mar 31, 2017 Bonnie Squicciarini
Mar 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2017 Inez shavers
Mar 30, 2017 Jane Brown I think this is a good idea.

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