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Celebration! Cinema presents showtimes for families with special needs

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Lights up. Sound Down.

Beginning April 4, Celebration! Cinema is pleased to announce a movie-going experience designed especially for individuals and families with special needs, including autism.

Sensory Showtimes will present current movies with modifications intended to lead to a more comfortable and extra-welcoming experience.

CelebrationThe volume of the presentation will be lower, auditorium lights will dim but remain on, movies will be shown in 2D with open-captioning and begin at show time with limited previews.

Guests are invited to enjoy the big screen experience in an accepting environment.

Cheering, calling out, or even strolling around the theatre is welcome.

“We’ve worked with Family Hope Foundation and several other terrific community organizations who have helped us recognize the need for this kind of presentation,” says Emily Loeks, from Celebration! Cinema.  “We’re excited to be expanding the program and making it public.”

“The stress of managing both your child’s disability and how they are received by society is often too great a barrier for parents and they choose to just stay home,” said Lara Kitts, from Family Hope Foundation.  “Offering an emotionally safe way to have fun together means so much to our families.”

Sensory Showtimes will be presented at 10:30 AM on Saturdays at select Celebration! Cinema locations, including Celebration! Cinema in Mount Pleasant.

“We aim to create space where people connect with each other and experience great stories together,” says Loeks.  “We hope that Sensory Showtimes open the door wider for individuals and families with special needs to have that experience.”

For more information, go to www.celebrationcinema.com/sensoryshowtimes.


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