Sensory-Friendly Screening

A free, sensory and family-friendly screening will be on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11 AM in Culbreth Theatre.


The Virginia Film Festival is partnering with the Autism Theatre Project to offer a free, sensory-friendly presentation of a film, The Aristocats, on Friday, November 10 at 11 AM in Culbreth Theater.

Sensory-friendly performances aim to provide a positive viewing experience for children with autism or other sensory-related disabilities and their families. While the video will be shown as produced, special accommodations will account for potential sensory challenges such as jarring sounds or lights. A quiet area will be available during the show for anyone who needs to take a break. Specially trained volunteers will be present to support attendees and families.

Those without sensory-sensitive needs are encouraged to attend the free screenings offered during Family Day on Saturday, November 11.

Reserve Seats

Please fill out this form to reserve a seat today. A Coming to the Theater video will be provided to help families prepare for this outing to the theater.



Resources and FAQs are provided by Autism Theatre Project to help you decide if this is the right show for you and your family to attend. Children must attend the sensory-friendly performance with a parent or responsible adult. After the show, families will be invited to complete a brief survey to help improve our understanding of sensory-friendly theater.