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Sensory Friendly Movie at AMC

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites Union County residents with special needs, and their families and caregivers, to a sensory friendly screening of the hit animated feature Hotel Transylvania 3 on Saturday, August 4th at the AMC Loews Jersey Gardens Theatre in Elizabeth.

Union County residents wishing to purchase tickets for this event may do so online through the Union County Office for People with Special Needs. (

“The Freeholder Board is very proud to partner with AMC in this inclusive event, which provides an opportunity for special needs children and their families to come out and enjoy a movie together in a supportive and welcoming environment,” said Freeholder chairman Sergio Granados.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is a computer-animated film that follows a family of monsters on their vacation adventure. Since its premiere on July 13, the film has grossed over $227 million worldwide.

During this special sensory friendly screening, the AMC “silence is golden” policy is not in effect. Audience members are welcome to leave their seats, walk around, dance, shout, sing along, and enjoy the movie in their own way.

Lighting and sound are also adjusted to create a more supportive atmosphere for people with sensory sensitivities.

“We have had an enthusiastic response to our Sensory Friendly Theatre series, and the addition of sensory friendly movies enables us to reach new audiences and grow our programs for people with special needs, said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella.

Freeholder Mirabella established the Sensory Friendly Theatre series of live performances at the Union County Performing Arts Center in 2014, when he served as Chairman. The series continues this fall. For more information visit UCPAC online at

This sensory friendly screening is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on August 4. Tickets are available online only through the Office for People with Special Needs. Tickets are priced at $5.00 per person and include a food voucher. To order tickets visit

The Office for People with Special Needs is part of the Division of Outreach and Advocacy in the Union County Department of Human Services. It was established through Chairman Granados’s 2018 Moving Union County Forward initiative for inclusion, personal empowerment and community engagement.

For more information about all programs and events organized through the Office for People with Special Needs visit online at or call 908-527-4781.