Theater supports autism

Published 04/23 2013 11:12PM

Updated 04/24 2013 09:58AM

SAVOY -- A theater is dedicating the night to a great cause. Tuesday night Savoy 16 aired The United States of Autism.

The documentary featured families dealing with the disorder, including the Welsh family from Central Illinois. The theater also has "Lights Up, Sound Down" each month. It helps autistic kids feel comfortable and have a normal movie experience.

"I feel like it's something everybody should be able to enjoy. So I love the fact that we are altering it, catering to our customers and allowing them to experience it as they feel comfortable. It's exciting." manager Melissa Garske said.

The documentary had a packed house with all 257 seats sold out. More good news for movie-goers in Central Illinois. An IMAX theater will open in just a few, short weeks. The screen is being built this weekend at Savoy 16. It's 80' wide and 50' tall. The theater will officially open May 3.

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