7/5/2013 1:33 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
BECKLEY - The Marquee Cinemas in Beckley are doing something special for the families affected by down syndrome, autism and other disabilities.
Gallery 14 is teaming up with "Down With That," The Down Syndrome Family Support Group of Southern West Virginia for the "Sensory Friendly Films" program. Family members with autism, down syndrome or other disabilities will be able to move around and cheer during the movie. This is all to launch the first weekend showing of the new movie Despicable Me 2.
"Sometimes you know, parents with special needs children don't really have the opportunity to come to a movie, they feel uncomfortable with the big crowds and everything," said manager Bill Favorite. "We'll leave the lights up a little but, turn the sound down just a little bit so it will be a good time for kids who normally dont get a chance to see a movie," said Favorite.
Gallery 14 is also teaming up with Operation Underdog, the animal advocacy group to help raise awarness to adopt a pet. Movie goers can expect to meet many furry critters and enjoy fun and games. The event will be going on July 6th from 11 am to 2 pm.