Theaters that Feature Sensory Friendly Performances

For Spring 2019, we've put together a great list of upcoming dates to start your Spring. Go check out all of these fabulous places.  Please check local listings for specific showtimes, or to confirm dates, as all performances are subject to change. 

1. Bergen Performing Arts Center

All performances have mobility access, hearing assist services, and sign interpretation upon request. The PAC also offers Sensory-Friendly Programming Musical Theater Workshops every Saturday from 2pm to 3pm.  30 N Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ 07631.  Read More

2. Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center

First of its kind, month-long arts festival dedicated to children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. Enhancing Lincoln Center’s goal to “engage, educate, and inspire”, this festival is an extension of their dedication to make art available for everyone. 2019 dates and information are not yet on the Lincoln Center’s website, but please check their homepage around April & May. 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.  Read More

3. Blue Man Group: Special Autism-Friendly Performances

Although no current or upcoming dates for Autism-Friendly Performances are present on the Blue Man Group’s website, they have offered relaxed, quieter, sensory-friendly performances in the past. Stay tuned to their website for hopeful, future updates or contact them to find out when they will be offering such performances again.  434 Lafayette St #1, New York, NY 10003.  Read More

4. Count Basie Theatre

The theatre has ADA compliant seating, bathrooms and counter-heights at concession stands. They also offer large print programs, assisted hearing devices, and sign language interpreters upon request. 99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701.  Read More

5. Lincoln Center KIDS

Relaxed performances for children with diverse abilities and disabilities. These performances allow for talking and walking around with reduced sensory stimuli. Upcoming performances are: April 7 & 14 at 11am “Scurry”, and May 5 at 11am “Shh…Bang!”.  10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.  Read More

6. Mayo Performing Arts Center

Offers Sensory-Friendly performances with lowered sound and lights and the freedom to talk during performances or walk about. Their next such performance opportunity is on April 15th at 4pm with “Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories. 100 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960.  Read More

7. New Victory Theater 

This theatre is fully wheelchair accessible and offers assisted listening devices, audio-described performances, sign-interpreted performances and Autism-Friendly shows. Please consult their website for available performances for your specific need.  209 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036.  Read More

8. Paper Mill Playhouse

Autism and other disability-friendly performances are offered throughout the year with a relaxed ambiance and no judgement for all. Lights and sound will be lowered, kids are free to talk and walk around, gender-neutral bathrooms are available, as well as “Chill-Out Zones” and ready-and-able support teams, to name a few. Next performances are: June 9 “The Magic School Bus” at 10am, and June 26 “Beauty & The Beast” at 1:30pm.  22 Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ 07041.  Read More

9. Shea Center

On April 16, at 10:30am, William Patterson presents “Theatre for Children on the Autism Spectrum - Artspower’s Madeline and the Bad Hat”. This colorful and touching musical will be enhanced with gentle humor, beautiful music, and the great tale of an adorable, mischievous girl.  
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470.  Read More

10. State Theatre of NJ

Offers “Autism-Friendly, Relaxed Performances”. With lighting and sound levels reduced, a judgement-free zone allowing noise and movement throughout the performances, a calming area with fidget toys, comfortable seating and activities, as well as trained ushers and volunteers to assist, the line-up is as follows: March 30 “B – The Underwater Bubble Show”, April 6 “Sweet Beatz, Milk & Cookies”, and May 11 “The Man Who Planted Trees”.  15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Read More

11. Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College

As part of their performance schedule, the RVCC holds “Relaxed Performances” for those on the Autism Spectrum as well as anyone with developmental difficulties or special needs. Here, seating will be general admission, making it possible to choose your own seats and general sensory sensitivities will be catered to. Upcoming performance is: Illusionist Kevin Spencer
Apr. 12 at 7pm.  118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg NJ 08876.  Read More

12. Two River Theatre

Housing a main theater and a Black Box stage, both assist those with special needs by offering assistive listening device and large print programs.  Scheduled audio description performances, open captioned performances, American Sign Language interpreted performances, and relaxed performances are also available. May 4, “Belle of Amherst” will be Open Caption, June 26 “Oo-Bla-Dee” will be Audio-Described, and on June 29 “Oo-Bla-Dee” will be Audio Described. Please check their website for further information.  21 Bridge Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701.  Read More

13. Union County Performance Arts Center

In addition to offering accessibility for all with physical disabilities, programs with large print, and assisted hearing devices, this theatre promotes multiple Sensory-Friendly events specially adapted for those along the Autism Spectrum, as well as anyone with sensory sensitivities. Each performance is 60 minutes with no intermission, has general seating, lowered sound and everyday lighting even throughout the performances. Children may talk and move about, fidget and sensory toys will be made available, and professional Autism Specialists will be available to assist. Next performances are: March 23 “NJ Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty”, and April 28 “Henry and Mudge”.  1601 Irving St, Rahway, NJ 07065.  Read More

14. AMC Theaters
Multiple Locations; check with your local AMC
AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer special movie showings for those with Sensory Sensitivities. During these movies, the lights remain up, the audio volume will be down and children are free to talk and walk around freely. These are available every 2nd and 4th Saturday for Family-Friendly showings and Tuesday Evenings for Mature Audiences. Check with your local AMC for scheduling.  Read More

15. Regal Theaters
Manahawkin, NJ and multiple, nearby NY locations
Regal Theaters offer “My Way Matinee” in selected locations (for now) allowing families with special needs children to enjoy movies with lights up, audio down and the freedom to talk and move around without judgement. These movies begin at 10:30am each 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at a discounted rate. Check for a location near you.  Read More