ATLANTA, Ga. ( July 19, 2022) — The El Capitan Theatre will be hosting its last sensory-inclusive movie night for Disability Pride month on Saturday, July 23rd at 1 p.m. PST. The movie showing will be Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder”.
The entire month of July is dedicated to celebrating the accessible, with Disability Pride month. It commemorates the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over 30 years ago. According to ada.gov, ADA is an “equal opportunity” law. The law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all places that are open to the general public. The law seeks to change the way people view and define disability, end the stigma behind it, and to promote the belief that disabilities are a natural part of human diversity to take pride in.
Located in Los Angeles, Calif., the theater, considered to be Disney’s home on Hollywood Boulevard, first partnered with non-profit organization KultureCity in June to host this series for Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear”. KultureCity is the nation's leading nonprofit on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities.
The theater’s tweet announcing the screenings read, “Experience the movie in a safe space with dimmed lights, lower sound, reduced smells, and more.”
As the inclusive screenings continue, they include specially trained staff by KutlureCity, reduced theater capacity, sensory bags to reduce anxiety (upon request), and mobile sensory stations for attendees to take some time to reset from the movie, if needed. Sensory bags will include noise canceling headphones and fidget tools.
The El Capitan Theatre is now certified as a sensory inclusive venue. Tickets to the event can be found here.