Sensory Friendly Movie Showings


Essex Cinemas is offering a new way to watch movies for people that have sensory processing issues.

Following in the footsteps of their sister cinema in Plattsburgh, the theater will be offering certain show times when the lights will be up and the sound will be turned down. This after customers started asking General Manager Cullen Schill about policies for children with Autism or sensory processing disorders too.

“We really just wanted to provide a place that was really just comfortable,” Schill said. “Where somebody could just come and be themselves and we allow somebody talks or somebody who needs to get up and walk around or something like that. They can do that.”

David Rettew, a Child Psychologist from the University of Vermont Medical Center, described what a movie may feel like for someone that is sensory sensitive.

“All of the senses that you would feel get felt at a much higher amplitude,” Rettew said. “So what people who don’t struggle with these issues experience as loud, these kids experience as really loud and very uncomfortable. What some people just feel as uncomfortable with darkness, does become kind of scary.”

The next showing will be Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Doors will open at 9:15 for a sensory friendly showing of Cars 3.

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