Films played with lower volume, movement encouraged by attendees
By Chris Fish
VIERA -- Carmike Cinemas in Melbourne is hoping to give children, who are on the autism spectrum, a chance to have an enjoyable time with their families at the movies.
On Feb. 16 and March 23 at 10 a.m., Carmike Cinemas is presenting "Sensory Sensitive Cinema," which is a movie experience where the lights remain half-on, the volume of the film is lower and audience members moving around is encouraged.
"This is a special that we try to do for young families in the community," said Austin Davis, assistant manager at Carmike Cinemas in Melbourne. "We usually try and do at least one per kid's film."
Organizers said audience members may also bring special dietary snacks and drinks from home if needed.
On the Feb. 16 presentation, Carmike Cinemas will be showing "Escape From Planet Earth," an animated family film starring Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba about an astronaut caught in a trap when he responds to an S.O.S from a dangerous alien planet.
On March 23, Dreamwork's "The Croods," an animated film about the world first prehistoric family going a road trip starring Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone, will be shown.
The films will be showing in 2D, and regular matinee pricing will apply.
Carmike Cinemas is located at 2241 Town Center Drive in Melbourne.
For more information about showing times or the "Sensory Sensitive Cinema," contact the Melbourne Carmike Cinemas at (321) 775-1210 and dial 0.