June 3, 2019

The Tull Family Theater Invites Film Fans with Autism, Special Needs to The Secret Life of Pets 2, Toy Story 4

WHAT: The Tull Family Theater’s series of sensory friendly screenings continues with the first two of the summer’s highly anticipated animations: The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Toy Story 4. 


WHEN: The Secret Life of Pets 2, Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m.

Toy Story 4, Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: The Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley  PA 15143.  Parking, available in a municipal lot next to the Theater or on the street, is free on Saturdays.

WHY: The A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust, the Thomas Marshall Foundation, Sewickley Valley Community Fund and Lincoln Learning Solutions all support these screenings—and the Theater’s philosophy that arts provide the greatest benefits when they are inclusive.

Shortly after opening in February 2017, the Theater pioneered sensory friendly screenings for communities outside Pittsburgh to serve the needs of all ages impacted by autism and special needs.

“Accessibility is a critical factor in determining whether some of our neighbors benefit from the arts,” says Carolina Thor, executive director of The Tull Family Theater. “The Theater focuses on accessibility as its hallmark, encompassing much more than physical accessibility alone. Through the sensory friendly screenings, the Theater provides a welcoming environment for those with sensory sensitivities and other special needs so they experience the wonder of film and understand the magic of watching a larger-than-life story unfold on the big screen as they sit alongside other people.”

Many reports, including those from The John F. Kennedy Center, document that arts experiences play a critical role in the knowledge and skill development of people with disabilities. According to statewide research, the need for services related to autism is growing for all ages, especially for those beyond school years.

Families have shared with Theater staff that these screenings have provided the first opportunity for all members to enjoy the cinema together and the first option for some teens to experience the cinema.

ADMISSION: $11 for general admission; $8.75 for groups of 10 or more, children 10 or younger, seniors 65 or older, and college and military with ID

INFORMATION: 412.259.8542,  www.thetullfamilytheater.org/sensory-friendly-screenings

The Tull Family Theater, a 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 private, public, corporate and foundation revenue streams, the Theater counts among its donors Allegheny Regional Asset District, Huntington Bank, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, more than 700 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, Karen@thetullfamilytheater.org, Cell 412.671.1456




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