Fathom Events is partnering with the Autism Society of America to bring alternative content to audiences with special needs, starting with the Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on big screens across the U.S. for a one-night, sensory-friendly event on December 19. In this relaxed presentation, the lights will be raised, the audio will be lowered and audiences will not be expected to stay quiet or in their seats, so those on the spectrum and their families can feel comfortable in the movie theater. This all-inclusive environment will allow patrons to dance along with the ballerinas on screen, shout, sing, move around the room and express themselves however they like.
Captured live from the Bolshoi stage in Moscow, Russia, “The Nutcracker” will be in select movie theaters for this one-night sensory-friendly event on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. local time. This content is provided by BY Experience and Pathé Live.
Tickets for this special screening of “The Nutcracker” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
The holiday season would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince. Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
“Our hope is that families and children with all kinds of special needs can now go to the movie theater and feel comfortable being themselves,” Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “We want to share the world of event cinema with everyone, and sensory-friendly screenings are another way we can provide access to a variety of audiences.”
“We are delighted to be able to partner with Fathom Events to bring the production of ‘The Nutcracker’ shown in sensory responsive theaters to families and individuals impacted by autism this holiday season,” said Scott Badesch, president, Autism Society of America.