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Mix-Up At Movie Theater Causes Angst For Autistic Children

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By David Schultz

The 10 a.m. showing of "The Princess and the Frog" at AMC Tysons Corner was billed as "sensory-friendly." The sound would be low, the lights would be turned up and the children wouldn't have to wait in line.

Kymberly DeLoatche with the Autisim Society of America says that's not what happened. DeLoatche claims another event yesterday morning at AMC caused delays at the box office. Then, she says, AMC switched theaters at the last minute.

"And our families weren't told that at the beginning," she says. "So they all got hustled in and seated in theater one, and then asked to move."

DeLoatche says this kind of confusion is exactly what the special screenings are supposed to avoid. "For our families, change and transition is very difficult and upsetting," she says.

The theater's manager refused to comment on the mix-up. DeLoatche intends to speak with AMC's general manager to make sure this doesn't happen again.

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