Gallatin theater to show movies in sensory-friendly atmosphere

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GALLATIN , Tenn. (WKRN) – A Gallatin movie theater is making it possible for many adults and children to see a movie outside of their homes for the first time in their lives.

NCG Gallatin Cinema is introducing a series of movies to be shown in sensory-friendly atmospheres.

The special atmosphere will allow people on the autism spectrum the opportunity to experience a movie.

“It’ll be shown without previews; there won’t be any ads put on in front of it,” explained theater manager Chris Troutman.

He continued, “The lights will be up like they would before the movie starts. They’ll stay that way all the way throughout the movie. The sound will be pretty much at half level.”

The small theater chain offered a sensory-friendly film in a Georgia theater and the owners made the decision to offer it chain-wide.

“If you have a young child with a lot of sensory difficulties, you’re pretty unlikely to take them to the grocery store,” said Amanda Peltz, executive director of Autism Tennessee. “You’re very unlikely to take them to a movie.”

Many kids who are on the autism spectrum have difficulty with loud noises, bright lights and smells.

“For a movie theater to be offering this sensory-friendly showing is not only very beneficial to the folks with sensitivity to lights and sounds, but it’s also very helpful for young people who have never been to the movie theater to have that opportunity,” Peltz said.

The first film, “Home,” will be shown April 4 at 10 a.m.

Other films to be shown in the sensory-friendly setting are “Tomorrowland” on May 23, “Inside Out” on June 20, and “Minions” July 11.

Tickets are $6 for both adults and children.

“We’re thinking we may have to open up more than one auditorium, depending on demand,” said Troutman. “We’re willing to open as many as we have to.”

Autism affects one out of every 68 children in the United States.

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