Local movie theater to show sensory-friendly The Grinch

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Marquee Cinemas at Pullman Square will show a sensory-friendly showing of The Grinch this Saturday, December 8th at 10 a.m.

The movie will have brighter lighting and softer sound for those who are on the autism spectrum, or may have another sensory processing disorder.

Attendees will be able to bring their own snacks and walk around freely.

After a few months of planning, Marquee Cinemas, the West Virginia Autism Training Center and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce made this one-time showing possible for a chance to expand inclusivity within the Tri-State.

Executive Director with the West Virginia Autism Training Center, Dr. Marc Ellison said, “going to the movies should be a family event. We should be able to go and experience things with your family, have those memories and that’s missing sometimes for folks who have severe sensory problems. Things like this correct that.”

One mother, Julie Dial, has a 13-year-old son, Brandon, who has Asperger Syndrome. She said this is a great idea and hopes it jump starts other activities within the area that cater to the needs of those with sensory-challenges.

“Very excited for an event like that in our community, because going to the movies is something that is a challenge for us. So when we heard about it, of course we were excited that the opportunity is here so we can take our family to a movie and have a good day, just as a family unit,” said Dial.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Marquee Cinemas’ doors for $6 per ticket.

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