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Special Needs Movies A New Trend


The new Madras Cinemas is offering family-friendly movies catered to special needs children. Cinema spokesperson Linda Benjamin says ‘Sensory Saturday’ is a concept the theater's owner first started in Canby, Oregon,  and its' been popular with parents of special needs kids. ”Maybe if they come to the theater they just can't sit still. Many of the clients we have at our other theaters are autistic, and they have a problem with it being too dark or too loud. So when we show a movie we just have the lights half-way down and not quite as loud and if little Sally hears the music and wants to get up and dance to it, she can. And all the families who've done this before are just thrilled to have this opportunity for their children to get to have that."  ‘Sensory Saturday’ is once a month. Benjamin says besides ‘Sensory Saturday,’ another big attraction at the Madras Cinemas is a monthly special showing of a popular classic movie.

 

 

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