Theatre Offers Movies for Special Needs Children

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A Massachusetts movie theater is offering sensory-friendly movies for children with special needs.

Chunky's Cinema Pub is screening the movies so kids who wouldn't normally get the chance to go to the movies are able to have the experience.

During sensory-friendly screening the lights are kept on, sounds are turned low and kids are able to run around and talk.

The differences allows kids with special needs like autism and down syndrome to go to the movies without experiencing sensory overload.

Nicole Picard's son has down syndrome. When they went to the movies in the past she would miss parts of the film because he would want to run around.

"It's a good chance for my son to come and just be able to enjoy it they way he wants to, instead of the way other people regulate it," Picard explained.

The idea for the screening came after someone posted the suggestion on the theater's Facebook page.

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