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Special 'Narnia' screening in Stony Brook

Georgie Henley plays Lucy Pevensie in the movie

Georgie Henley plays Lucy Pevensie in the movie NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, directed by Michael Apted and in theaters December 10, 2010. Credit: Phil Bray Photo

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" opens in theaters Friday -- the AMC Loews Theater in Stony Brook is hosting a screening designed for kids with special needs at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

Part of the Autism Society's Sensory Friendly Film program, the screening is designed to minimize distractions and stress for the audience.

"The lights are left at house level and the sound is lessened,” says Marguerite Colston, vice president of constituent relations for the Autism Society. “There also are no advertisements or trailers."

AMC also waives its no-talking policy for the screening, relieving parents of additional stress.

The society's program launched in 2008 in just 10 movie theaters nationwide -- now more than 135 are participating, Colston says. And the movement has spawned other sensory-friendly environments in restaurants, hair-cutting and other services.

AMC Loews Stony Brook is at 2196 Nesconset Hwy.; 631-941-0156. Tickets are $6. See film schedule at autism-society.org.

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