John Ratzenberger, the only actor to voice a character in every one of Pixar’s feature films, is hosting an early Cars 2 screening for those with autism. Movie theaters can be very unfriendly to people with autism, as the loud noises and the darkness can make for an unbearable experience. Movie theaters are increasingly beginning to put on “autism-friendly” screenings where the lights are not shut off completely and the sound from the film is lowered. On June 11 in New York City, Autism Speaks, an organization that Ratzenberger often works with, has put together a screening for people with autism. That is a full 13 days before the film’s official release. Read on for more details from the event!
In a blog post, Ratzenberger provides some details:
The screening will be ‘autism friendly’; meaning that the sound will be a little lower and the lights will be up a little higher. There’ll also be a ‘quiet room’ for you to go to during the film if needed. Most importantly, the theater will be full of people who understand autism: it’ll be a judgment-free zone. The idea is to bring people together to see the movie in a way that celebrates individuals with autism and their families.
The screening will be held at the legendary Ziegfeld Theater on the morning of Saturday, June 11. If you or someone you know has autism, pass this along and click here for more details on how to purchase tickets.
It is great to see those with autism having the opportunity to comfortably enjoy a film in theaters. Hopefully, these types of events will become more common!
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