Nov. 12, 2018

Adaptive Screening at The Tull Family Theater to Offer The Grinch to Those with Autism, Special Needs

WHAT: This Saturday, an inclusive, low-sensory screening of The Grinch will offer the opportunity for families and children impacted by autism and other special needs to watch the new release together at The Tull Family Theater.

Because some children have conditions that might make the movie-going experience overwhelming, their families often do not attend films together. This inclusive low-sensory screening, open to all with sensory sensitivities and special needs, will use the industry’s best practices to minimize stimuli:

  • Dim house lights will remain on
  • The film volume will be lowered
  • A screening room door will remain open.

At the time the film starts and for the majority of the picture’s showing, the low-sensory screening will be the only activity in the Theater. Staffing levels will be increased to allow a personalized experience for filmgoers.

Through families impacted by special needs, the Theater has learned that low-sensory screenings are seldom available near communities north and west of Pittsburgh. At least one family has shared that it will be able to experience watching a film in a cinema together for the first time!

This low-sensory screening is sponsored, in part, by funding from the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust, patrons who donate at the register and online, and other Theater supporters. As a nonprofit, independent cinema, the Theater plans to regularly offer low-sensory screenings and is seeking grant funding for this purpose.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WHERE:  The Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley 15143;


General Admission, $11; Discounted to $8.75 for children 10 and younger, seniors 65 and older, college students and military with ID

The Tull Family Theatera 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. Supported by diverse revenue streams from private, public, corporate and foundation funding, the theater counts among its donors Allegheny Regional Asset District, Huntington Bank, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, more than 600 individuals and its patrons. Their support sustains and expands programming at this independent cinema in Sewickley offering two screens and an event/performance space.

Contact: Karen Ferrick-Roman,, cell 412.671.1456