Sensory-Friendly Screenings at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Sensory Friendly Screenings at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Sensory-Friendly Screenings at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Going to the movies can be an overwhelming experience for those with sensory sensitivities. The loud sounds, flashing lights, and unfamiliar environment can cause anxiety, stress, and discomfort, making it challenging for individuals and their families to enjoy the moviegoing experience together. Sensory-friendly screenings provide a safe and open space where everyone will have the chance to enjoy the experience with their friends and family in an open and inviting way.

Jacob Burns Film Center is piloting this new program starting with a sensory-friendly screening of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse on Monday, June 5th at 4:00pm. Additional sensory-friendly programming at the Jacob Burns Film Center includes: Asteroid City (time TBD) on June 26th and Barbie on July 24th (time TBD).

Through these sensory-friendly screenings, the lights are turned up, the sound is turned down, and there are no trailers or advertisements before the movie starts. Members of the audience are encouraged to move around, talk, or make noise as needed, creating an accepting and accommodating environment where everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the moviegoing experience.

Additionally, the Jacob Burns Film Center will also be offering an art activity, in partnership with Super Awesome Artland!, following the Saturday, June 3rd screening. Held in the Jane Peck Gallery, kids can make Spiderific backpack charms by stenciling webs and pairing them with a real Spider-Man figurines.

Jacob Burns Film Center Details

364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570