CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sissonville resident John Ward hadn't heard much about the film, but he was still excited to see "The Croods" on Tuesday morning.
"I like the movies," said Ward, 52.
For many people, a trip to a movie theater like Park Place Stadium Cinemas is common. But for those with developmental disabilities, like Ward, dark movie theaters with their crowds and loud noises can be forbidding places.
On Tuesday morning, though, the downtown Charleston movie theater was a little more inviting for those with autism and other disabilities.
The theater partnered with Arc of the Three Rivers for the city's first "sensory-sensitive" cinema event.
"It's really cool for the theater to open up like this," said Tim Conaway, who works at Arc of the Three Rivers, an agency that works with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. "A lot of the folks don't get an opportunity to come to stuff like this because of the fear of crowds and stuff like that."
Conaway said the people he works with had been looking forward to seeing the movie.
"For the last few days [the excitement has] just been building up," Conaway said.
For the special showing of "The Croods," theater lights were kept halfway up, and the volume on the movie was halfway down. There were no on-screen notices to keep quiet during the film.