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Cinemark’s Summer Movies for Kids

2 Jun

Starting this week, come to any of the metroplex Cinemark locations for kids’ movies this summer.  All movies are $1 each, or you can get 10 movies for only $5 if you purchase the tickets in advance!

Click here to find the schedule of a theater near you.


Hansel & Gretel at Artisan Center Theater

13 May
From now through May 21, bring your kids to Artisan Center Theater to see a unique twist on the classic story of Hansel & Gretel!


When Hansel and his sister, Gretel, discover a gingerbread house in the forest, they are captured by a witch, who tries to fatten up Hansel and makes Gretel do all her work.  With Artie the Monkey’s help, the children defeat the witch and return home, never to be hungry again.

Showtimes are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am.   Artisan Center Theater is located in Hurst at 418 E. Pipeline Road.  For tickets, click here.

HONK! Junior at Artisan Center Theater

22 Mar

March 26 – April 23 at the Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, come check out HONK! Junior.  Showtimes are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am.


Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (dubbed “The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical” by The London Daily Telegraph), “Honk!” Junior is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Enjoy the Show!

1 Mar

It came up at dinner with my parents on Saturday night.

“I never saw ‘Shrek the Third’,” my dad insisted.

“Not true,” I corrected. “You saw it with Paige and me.”

An unremarkable exchange for most families. Mine? Not so much. Our 15-year-old daughter has autism, landing somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. She does not talk, does not dress herself, has extremely limited social skills but she does not engage in self-injurious behaviors. Nor does she rock back and forth or shriek as many kids with ASD do.

A movie in most settings would be impossible. In fact, I hadn’t taken her to one since “Finding Nemo” back in 2003.

Then the Studio Movie Grill announced an innovative program, pioneered by a manager who has a special-needs child. Studio Movie Grill partnered with Variety the Children’s Charity of Texas to offer free screenings for disabled kids. (Accompanying adults pay regular admission; tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show.)

During the films, the lights are brought up, the sound is turned down and children are free to walk around and make noise. It’s such a hit that they often run the film in two theaters to accommodate overflow crowds.

Check out www.studiomoviegrill.com for locations and details. One more note about SMG: the staff (at least at the Arlington Highlands location where my family attends) has been trained to roll with the punches where the special-needs clientele is concerned. They are wonderful.

A couple years ago, AMC followed suit with a Sensory Friendly Films programs in partnership with the Autism Society of America. As with Studio Movie Grill, the lights in the theater are brought up, the sound is lower (I appreciate that, too!) and “silence is golden” is ignored.

In addition, there are no previews or commercials before the movies, another big plus. Families are welcome to bring their own gluten-free, casein-free food.

Check www.autism-society.org for a schedule and locations nationwide; you can sign up there for email alerts to shows and times.  Upcoming shows include “Mars Needs Moms” on March 12 and “Hop” on April 2. Tickets range from $4-$6 depending on location.

Pinkalicious at CATS

21 Feb

From February 25-March 6, Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington presents a production of Pinkalicious, based on the book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann.  Show times are 7:30 pm Friday, 2:30 pm Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $2 for a lap pass for kids ages 3 and under.


Pinkalicious loves pink and wants everything in her life to be pink.  After overindulging in pink cupcakes, she wakes up pink.  Her parents take her to the doctor, and she is diagnosed with pinkititis.  Her best friend doesn’t even recognize her.  At home, she eats another cupcake, and the next morning she wakes up red and develops pink eye pinkititis, whereby she can only see the color pink.  Will she follow the doctor’s orders to eat green food?

For more information on CATS, or to purchase tickets, click here.

AMC Theatres’ Best Picture Showcase

17 Feb

Got Oscar fever?  Come to AMC Theatres for the Best Picture Showcase.  Ten current Oscar-nominated films will be shown over two weekends.

Saturday, February 19:

Toy Story 3

127 Hours

The Kids are All Right

True Grit

The Fighter

Saturday, February 26:

Winter’s Bone

Black Swan


The Social Network

The King’s Speech

One-day ($35) or two-day ($60) passes are available.  Visit www.amctheatres.com/bps to get tickets.

Babe, the Sheep Pig at CATS

25 Jan

From January 28-February 6, Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington presents a production of Babe, the Sheep Pig, based on the book by Dick King Smith.  Show times are 7:30 pm Friday, 2:30 pm Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $2 for a lap pass for kids ages 3 and under.


When Babe is won by Farmer Hogget at the village fair an extraordinary friendship develops, one that will change the whole farm.  With the help of his new “mother,” the old dog Fly, Babe fast learns the herding instinct, and it’s not long before this most polite of pigs wins over the most suspicious of sheep.  When the day of the Grand Challenge Sheep-Dog Trials dawns, the whole farm holds its breath to see whether or not Babe will triumph, against all odds, to become the hero of the hour.

For more information on CATS, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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