Pictured is Linda Gorton of Price Chopper Supermarkets, lead sponsor of a new series of Sensory Friendly Sundays at Hamilton Theater for children with Autism and other sensory processing disorders, and for friends of people with Autism. The series kicks off April 1 at 12:30 p.m. with Happy Feet 2.

Submitted by Constance Mente

(Hamilton, NY – April 2012) To mark Autism Awareness Month this April, Hamilton Theater will kick off a new series of Sensory Friendly Sundays for moviegoers with Autism and other sensory processing disorders, and for friends of people with Autism.

The series begins on Sunday April 1 with the newly released Happy Feet 2.  Thanks to sponsorship in part by Price Chopper Supermarkets, along with several individuals, admission is free.

“We’re delighted to offer this series to the community,” said Hamilton Theater’s Chuck Fox.  “The support of Price Chopper, and others, will provide a wonderful opportunity for families who might not otherwise be able to enjoy an afternoon at the movies.”

Fox noted that the new series is the result of a successful pilot program of four films for families dealing with Autism this past summer. That series, proposed and organized by Hamilton occupational therapist Janet O’Flynn, reached families from as far as Syracuse, Utica and Oneonta, thanks to coordination with the Autism Society of America and other special needs organizations.

The new series will feature a family favorite film on the first Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m. throughout the year.

Following the April 1 opening, the series continues with Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on May 6 and The Smurfs on June 3.  Each screening includes the following special features: The audio is turned down; The house lights in the theater are up; No previews are shown before the move; Parents and care providers are invited to bring gluten free and other special dietary snacks; and Talking and roaming about the theater are an expected part of the experience.

For more information, or to help sponsor the series, contact Hamilton Theater at 824-8210 or by email at hmltntheater@usadatanet.net.





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