Thursday, 5 March 2015

Sensory Friendly Films to Return to Ottawa

Cineplex is taking up the mantle of Sensory Friendly films in Ottawa.  It's been almost two years since a theatre has done this so I'll explain why this is a big deal.

In a sensory friendly screening, there are no teasers or ads at the front of the film.  It goes right to the movie (or short cartoon if there's one attached to the film).

The lights are turned up and the sound is turned down, making it less overwhelming.

The people attending "get it" and will understand if your child is active, loud or otherwise distracting.  I've seen kids taking a break to play games on their iPad without anyone having an issue.

We haven't been able to take Alex to the theatre since the sensory friendly films ended.  I would have liked to take him to Frozen or The LEGO movie, but he had to wait until they were on video.  It's been a little frustrating and so we're very happy to see them return.

The Cineplex at South Keys is hosting the films every 4-6 weeks on Saturday mornings.  You can buy your tickets in advance (and I recommend doing so as the theatre usually only opens 5-10 minutes before the showing).

One area where Cineplex has improved is in which movies are being offered.  Empire only hosted children's films.  You could see the DreamWorks, Pixar and Disney offerings but little else.  Cineplex looks like it will also be offering Marvel and other geek-films, which is great.  There are a lot of autistic teens out there who still need the support of a sensory-friendly environment.

Currently listed:

April 4th: Cinderella

April 18th: Home

May 16th: Avengers, Age of Ultron.

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