The Twilight Theatre is pleased to be the first theatre to offer sensory-friendly screenings for the residents of southwest Kansas. At the time of publication of this post, the nearest theatre to offer such programming is located one hundred miles away in Wichita.
Sensory-Friendly Screenings are geared towards children and adults with autism or special needs and their families. The volume is turned down, and the lights will remain dim, but not dark. Attendees are free to roam the aisles, make noise, sing, move in an environment that is safe, friendly and free from judgement. Some families with small children enjoy attending these screenings because they don’t have to worry about disturbing their neighbors if their kids get restless. These afternoon weekend showings are a perfect opportunity for families who are traveling, some up to fifty miles, and it won’t break the bank since all matinee shows are $5 admission at the Twilight Theatre.
Many parents have hesitated bringing their child to the movies out of fear of judgement should their child make noise or react to loud noises. At our first sensory-friendly screening, a family from Dodge City brought their son to experience the movies for his very first time. How cool is that?! The Twilight Theatre is committed to serving all audiences, including children with autism and special needs who want to experience the film and performing arts. Our plan is to offer sensory-friendly screenings for most, but not all, major animated and family-friendly films. Please be sure to check our website for upcoming screenings or sign up for our e-mail newsletter. As always, you can call our Showtimes Phone Line at 620.723.3210 to hear what films are playing and when.
If you’re interested in partnering or helping to underwrite this type of programming, please contact the business office at 620.723.1092.