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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Village Theater To Offer A Series of Sensory Sensitive Movie Showings

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The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to announce the debut of an Inclusive Sensory Sensitive Movie Program, which is scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Auditorium at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, MI. These monthly movie showings are designed to ensure a sensory inclusive and welcoming experience for all who attend.

The Sensory Sensitive Movie program will feature movies with the sound turned down and the lights turned up to provide a comfortable environment. Reduced capacity showings will also allow for more space for moviegoers to walk around, sing, shout, dance, clap and talk. A limited number of weighted lap blankets, headphones and fidget devices will be available for checkout during these special showings, as well as for any performance in this venue.

Canton Leisure Services’ facilities, including The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, has received Sensory Inclusive Certification from KultureCity, a leading non-profit organization committed to creating more inclusive communities nationwide.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over-stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a high traffic area. Common stimuli like lights, noises and textures may be perceived as too bright, too loud or too uncomfortable preventing participation in common activities.

“The movie theater environment is not always enjoyable for our son Cristian,” stated Canton resident Deborah Lawless. “The massive volume can cause him to become agitated, the requirement to sit still for the entire length of a film, and the dark surroundings take away the enjoyment of the movie for him. It’s to the point he will decline going to the theater.”

Lawless went on to explain: “We heard about … sensory sensitive viewings and decided to attend a showing. I was intrigued and liked the idea of reduced volume but initially thought having an audience in motion and vocal would be distracting. It was not and he enjoyed the showing. Truth be told I even enjoyed it more than a regular showing! He was happy to be able to jump up and dance when a song motivated him to do so, vocalize, and ask questions. He was simultaneously tuned into the audience (he’s a people watcher) and the movie at the same time and was not overwhelmed by it. He left the theater a happy, relaxed guy.”

Future showings at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill will include:

  • Coco (Rated PG) – Sunday, October 6, 2019 | 3pm
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Rated PG) – Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 10am
  • The Polar Express (Rated G) – Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 10am
  • Smallfoot (Rated PG) – Sunday, January 5, 2020 | 3pm
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rated PG) – Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 10am
  • Aladdin (Rated PG) – Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 3pm
  • Peter Rabbit (Rated PG) – Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 10am
  • Mary Poppins Returns (Rated PG) – Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 10am

Tickets for these events are $5 each and can be purchased online by going to www.cantonvillagetheater.org or by calling or in person at the Village Theater Box Office Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 734/394-5300 x3. If there are any remaining tickets, they will also be available for purchase at the box office one hour prior to showtime.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, MI 48187, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups.

For more information about these Sensory Sensitive Movie Showings at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org, or call 734/394-5300.

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