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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

Jan 20, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 12, 2018 Melissa Valenzuela
Jan 9, 2018 Mary McClintock
Jan 7, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Jan 3, 2018 Marvin Vasquez Autism Awareness
Jan 3, 2018 Jodi Ford
Jan 3, 2018 Erik Potter
Jan 3, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jan 3, 2018 Yvonne Carey I have a autistic son that would like to go and experience the wonderful thing
Jan 2, 2018 Alexandria Harwood
Jan 1, 2018 Eric Streeby
Dec 30, 2017 Karen King My son is on the Autism Spectrum and tries very hard to be still and quiet during movies. But the overstimulation of loud sound and large screens sometimes make him excited or "flapping" in his seat. A movie showing for kids like him are needed.
Dec 29, 2017 Linda Ware Having grown children and grandchildren on the spectrum I find it important to include everyone because at some point this will touch many if not all families
Dec 29, 2017 Melinda Helmer Parents deserve a place to take their kids without the stress of worrying about bothering others and altering their kids to freely be themselves. ❤❤
Dec 29, 2017 Stephanie Oitker
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am autistic and I often feel overwhelmed in movie theaters.Whoever came up with the idea for sensory--friendly shows is brilliant.
Dec 13, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 25, 2017 Kimberly Swan
Nov 25, 2017 Katie England 1 in 68 in the world is alot to accomate . This provision just luke wheel chair space should be made
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 Coleen Hale
Nov 19, 2017 Claudia Deniston
Nov 19, 2017 Thomas Davison
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Laurie Nicoletti
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) People on a whole have no regard for anyone other than themself. Who are these People and who raised them to be this insensitive until they need someone to be understanding of their needs. The whole idea of being so mean is heartbreaking. No compassion.
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) My son has autism. And hes never been to the theater because of the noise issue. And because I am terrified that pther people will make him feel less than human if he has a visceral response to what he would be watching. My son, is now 19.
Nov 18, 2017 Robyn Baumeister
Nov 18, 2017 Michelle Mccomb
Nov 18, 2017 Latona Starr These children are special. I've taken care of an autistic child. Very rewarding to me.
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

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