ASNC hosts sensory-friendly movie night at Asheville Pizza & Brewing for individuals with autism

Press Release

From The Autism Society of North Carolina:

November 25, 2013 — Asheville – The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) is partnering with Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company (APBC) for a sensory-friendly showing of “Elf.” Many individuals with autism cannot enjoy films the way their peers do because of the intense sensory input experienced during a theater showing. For this event, the volume will be low, lights will not be dimmed, and movie-goers may stand, walk, dance, and move around! The event is designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the community to experience a film in a safe and accepting environment without the apprehension that might otherwise be part of such an outing.

APBC is generously hosting, donating all ticket proceeds to ASNC, and offering a 20 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased during the event. APBC’s Lisa Leokum said: “We are proud to be partnering with the Autism Society of NC in providing a low-sensory theater environment for this movie.”

The showing of this PG-rated film will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 22, at 675 Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville. Tickets are $3.00; all ticket sales and donations will benefit ASNC in Western North Carolina. For more information about the event, contact Simone Seitz at 828-236-1547.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company has been a part of Asheville since 1995; there certainly would not be an APBC without Asheville, and Asheville simply wouldn’t be the same without APBC. The same spirit and support from the local community that helped the company grow inspires owners and staff to return the goodwill and to help others. The company has been a supportive member of the community since its inception and has supported many non-profit organizations throughout WNC. For more information about APBC, please contact Lisa Leokum at 828-254-1281 or visit


• Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Recent studies estimate that up to 1 of every 70 children born in North Carolina will be affected by ASD.
• For over forty years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has led efforts to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC works to directly improve the lives of individuals affected by autism, by providing advocacy, education, and services.
• Additional information is available by calling 1-800-442-2762 or by visiting


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