I started taking my child with autism to the movies at a very young age, because I wanted to provide him with an outlet for entertainment when he was older. As with any child, it was difficult. Initially, he would face his body towards the projector to watch the streaming lights instead of the film itself. But, after many years and lots of reinforcement to stay seated, it is now one of his favorite outings.
AMC theaters offers “Sensory Films” once a month for children with autism who are not able to tolerate a typical movie screening. In these showings, the lights are on and the sound is adjusted, and it is okay (even encouraged) for children to get up, walk around or dance during the film.