El Capitan Theatre to Offer Sensory Friendly Showings of Beauty and the Beast

El Capitan Theatre to Offer Sensory Friendly Showings of Beauty and the Beast

The world is waiting for the live action release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast next month. I’ve been excited about this film since I’ve seen the teaser poster. I’ll be attending a special blogger event next month for the film, be sure to check back for more on that trip. As a special needs mother I always want to share and highlight companies that accommodate our families. Although I won’t be in town when the El Capitan Theatre is running Beauty and the Beast, I had to share.

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST March 17 –  April 30, 2017, in Dolby Vision™ Laser Projection and Dolby Atmos® Sound Technology.  Plus, an additional show on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30pm!

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday on these specific dates only:  Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18 during the run of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

The mantel clock Cogsworth, the teapot Mrs. Potts, Lumiere the candelabra and the feather duster Plumette live in an enchanted castle in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic directed by Bill Condon.

In addition to the special showings for families with little kids, especially those with sensory sensitivity, The El Capitan Theatre will come alive under the magical spell of an immersive light and projection show before the movie featuring a dazzling SWAROVSKI crystal curtain, bringing the tale as old as time to life in a new and spectacular way.

This pre-show will be accompanied by a brand-new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST overture, arranged by Alan Menken’s long-time music director Michael Kosarin, in the style and tradition of the great classic roadshow film overtures.  It was recorded by a 100-piece symphonic studio orchestra, and takes the audience through the best loved songs from the 1991 animated film, as well as some of the gorgeous new songs written for this new live-action one.  Before and after the movie,  guests will have the opportunity to see costumes, props, and set dressing from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in a display in the lower lounge.

Gaston (Luke Evans) a handsome but arrogant brute, holds court in the village tavern in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, directed by Bill Condon, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic and a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told.

During its special engagement of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, The El Capitan Theatre is offering a Movie & Meal package at Hard Rock Café – a movie ticket and meal for $30.00 per person — park once and enjoy both!  Guests see the movie first and then have a meal at the Hard Rock Café after. Guests select their entrée upon arrival at the restaurant.  Reservations are required 24 hours (Business Days) in advance by calling 1-818-845-3110.  Please note: theatre concessions are not included; menu items cannot be substituted; tax & gratuity are included; additional items, including alcohol, are not included and if ordered, are paid for by the guest at the time of service.

El Capitan Theatre Guests may also enjoy the GHIRARDELLI SIP & SEE PACKAGE for $27.00 per person. Each ticket package includes: VIP Preferred Seat for the movie, VIP Popcorn, 20 oz. drink of choice. Either before or after the movie Guests will be able to take their ticket to Ghirardelli and enjoy a cup of Twinings exclusive BEAUTY & THE BEAST Tea paired with a crunchy biscotti freshly dipped in Ghirardelli chocolate. Reservations are required in advance (tickets must be booked no later than 24 hrs business days).

Daily showtimes are 10:45 a.m.3:00 p.m.7:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes and dates are subject to change.

AMC Theaters Offers Sensory Friendly Films

AMC Theaters Offers Sensory Friendly Films

My son’s autism comes with some challenges and one of them includes a sensory issue with sounds.  He doesn’t like very loud sounds it bothers him a lot.  One of the things I assumed we would have to skip with him was going to the movies.  Imagine how ecstatic I was to learn that AMC Movie Theaters were offering sensory friendly showings for families of children with special needs.

About the program:

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.

We are thrilled to now offer the program at many locations nationwide — please see below for a complete list of participating theatres. As a leading theatrical exhibition company, we are so proud to be making a difference in the estimated 1.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder by offering families a chance to see a movie together — often for the very first time.

Participating Locations in Baltimore:


For a full list of participating theaters visit the AMC website to see if there is one near you.  It’s already May so you missed some of the showings but you can see what’s up for the rest of the year below.  They have some great options.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 –TOMORROWLAND

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – INSIDE OUT

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – MINIONS

Saturday, Aug, 2015 – TBD

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 – HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 – THE JUNGLE BOOK

Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 – THE PEANUTS MOVIE

Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 – THE GOOD DINOSAUR

All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change.