Many children with autism cannot experience and enjoy films the way their peers do because of the intense sensory input experienced during a theater showing. The Autism Society of North Carolina is partnering with the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company for a sensory-friendly movie where the volume is low, lights are not dimmed, and movie-goers may stand, walk, dance, and move around during the film. This movie event is for children on the autism spectrum, their families, and the community, to experience a film in a safe and accepting environment without the apprehension that may otherwise be part of such an outing.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company is generously hosting, donating all the ticket sales to ASNC, and offering a 20 percent discount on food and beverages (non-alcohol) ordered from the menu during this event. Lisa Leokum, APBC manager, says, “We are proud to be partnering with the Autism Society of NC in providing a low-sensory movie theater environment for children with ASD.”
The sensory-friendly showing will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at APBC, 675 Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville. The movie will feature a PG-rating. Suggested ticket price is a $3 minimum donation; all proceeds benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina.
After the movie, ticket holders can enjoy half-off their order at The Hop! Discount only available on April 20th but may be redeemed at either Hop location.