The AMC Lennox 24 movie theater will present two special screenings of new films in April for families affected by autism and other disabilities.

The AMC Lennox 24 movie theater will present two special screenings of new films in April for families affected by autism and other disabilities.

"Monsters vs. Aliens" will be screened at 10 a.m. this Saturday and "Hannah Montanna: The Movie" will be screened at 10 a.m. April 18 at the theater, 777 Kinnear Road.

The screenings are part of the Sensory Friendly Films program co-sponsored by AMC and the Autism Society of America (ASA).

Tickets for the special screenings are $5 and can be purchased at the theater the day of the event.

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Persons with autism often experience hypersensitivity to light or sound and may not understand movie theater social etiquette regarding not talking and sitting still during a film.

During the Sensory Friendly screenings, the lights in the auditorium will be brought up and the sound will be turned down, ASA spokesperson Carin Yavorcik said.

AMC's Silence Is Golden policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned, she said. Families will also be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks. No previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie.

"Families affected by autism really appreciate this program," Yavorcik said. "People have told us this was the first time they were able to go together as a family to a movie.

"It's a stress-free environment where families can be together and enjoy themselves watching a family-friendly movie," she said.

The Sensory Friendly Films program started last August at 10 theaters, Yavorcik said. It has now expanded to 67 theaters in 36 markets.

A special screening is scheduled most months, she said. Two are being held in April, which is National Autism Awareness Month.

More information about the program, including information about future screenings, can be found at the ASA Web sites, www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.