After two successful events, the Arc of the Three Rivers plans to proceed with monthly theater showings of children's films in an environment friendly to those on the Autism spectrum.
"The Smurfs 2" will show at 9:30 a.m. today at Park Place Stadium Cinemas as part of what's known as a "sensory sensitive movie event."
The first movie, "The Croods," was hosted April 23 and attracted 89 people. The second, "Monster University," on July 11, had about 78 people in attendance.
"For the second showing, we had more people from the community come, and not as many of our own clients -- more saw it on Facebook or read about it in the paper. People from the community who didn't have an affiliation with us came to the last one, which is great," said Jennifer McCafferty, community care coordinator for The Arc of the Three Rivers.
The Arc of The Three Rivers is an organization that advocates for those who are on the Autism spectrum or have other developmental disabilities.
The group started the event as a way to allow families affected by Autism or other sensory issues to attend the movies and interact with others. During the movies, the lights will be up and the sound is at a comfortable level.
The "silence is golden" rule is not observed, so guests are free to talk, sing or move around during the movie.
McCafferty said Park Place needs about 80 tickets for each event to make it financially worthwhile.
"With the first movie, we had to put out money to purchase some of the tickets. With the last showing, we had fundraising and donations that the Arc didn't have to pay out of pocket, and Park Place didn't have to pay out of pocket," McCafferty said.