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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

Mar 25, 2017 Ruth Campbell
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please participate in this effort to help families with special needs children.
Mar 23, 2017 Patricia Gillespie
Mar 23, 2017 AnneMarie Lowell
Mar 23, 2017 Brett Cayer
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2017 George & Sue Major
Mar 22, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Mar 22, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 22, 2017 Carol Nalepka
Mar 22, 2017 Jane Spaeth
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Mar 19, 2017 Becky Marek
Mar 18, 2017 Donna Davis
Mar 18, 2017 Lynne Smithson
Mar 18, 2017 Debz Jones
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 18, 2017 Samantha Hodgson
Mar 17, 2017 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Mar 17, 2017 Alison Hogan
Mar 16, 2017 Bethany Woody
Mar 16, 2017 Magdalena Apostoloska
Mar 14, 2017 Danielle Osteen
Mar 13, 2017 Monica Selmi
Mar 13, 2017 Rhonda Merrick
Mar 13, 2017 Calder Robles This will be wonderful to bring my grand children to the movies judgement free.
Mar 13, 2017 Juano Tote
Mar 13, 2017 Jacquelynn OBrien
Mar 13, 2017 Jennifer Wilberger
Mar 12, 2017 Janice Pringle
Mar 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2017 Zoi Vardaki
Mar 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) I work with students that have Autism. And I know that they and their families would benefit greatly from being able to enjoy a family activity like this.
Mar 12, 2017 Ben Simons
Mar 11, 2017 Tena Frank
Mar 11, 2017 Raquel Bargas I have 3 autistic nephews, and sensory friendly shows would be a great way to increase their out time with the family instead of them being cooped up at home.
Mar 11, 2017 L. B. all public facilities should be accommodating for people of all needs. They should have family areas!!
Mar 10, 2017 Linda Szymoniak
Mar 10, 2017 Jamie Petsitis
Mar 10, 2017 vince sanchez
Mar 10, 2017 neal Coverly
Mar 10, 2017 Mariya Belova
Mar 10, 2017 Regina Wieland
Mar 9, 2017 Susan Lasky Jesella
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Mar 9, 2017 Marilyn Mick
Mar 9, 2017 Celine signoret
Mar 8, 2017 Livia D
Mar 8, 2017 bernardo alayza mujica

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