02/09/2015 08:35 EST | Updated 02/09/2015 08:59 EST

Cineplex's Sensory Friendly Screenings Aim To Make Moviegoing Better For The Autistic

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TORONTO -- Cineplex Entertainment is launching a special screening program for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

The Canadian movie theatre company says its Sensory Friendly Screenings will include 2D projection, increased auditorium lighting, lower volume and smaller crowds.

Theatres will also allow families to bring in outside food and take a break from screenings in a nearby "calm zone."

Cineplex says the screenings will take place in select venues on select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., before theatres open to the general public.

Guests of all ages will be able to get in for the current child ticket price.

The program begins Feb. 14 with "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."Other titles and booking information will be announced on up to two weeks in advance of each screening. The program was developed in concert with Autism Speaks Canada.

Participating theatres include:

- Cineplex Cinemas Langley (Langley, B.C.)

- Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas (Calgary)

- Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton Cinemas (Edmonton)

- Cineplex Odeon Centre Cinemas (Saskatoon)

- SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas and XSCAPE Entertainment Centre (Winnipeg)

- SilverCity London Cinemas (London, Ont.)

- Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo (Waterloo, Ont.)

- Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga (Mississauga, Ont.)

- Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan (Vaughan, Ont.)

- Cineplex Odeon Morningside Cinemas (Scarborough, Ont.)

- Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas (Ottawa)

- Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (Halifax)

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