Two screenings, one sensory-friendly

‘Home Alone’ for Strand’s free holiday movie

Nov 28, 2017
On-his-own Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) gets ready to watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and enjoy a well-balanced meal in “Home Alone.”

Rockland — “Home Alone” will be screened as the annual Free Family Holiday Movie at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. A sensory-friendly screening will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free for both screenings, due to sponsorship support from Granite Coast Orthodontics.

“Home Alone” (1990, USA) is the beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a holiday vacation in France. Once he realizes they've left him home alone, Kevin learns to fend for himself. Eventually, he has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood. The film has a rowdy slapstick ending.

The sensory-friendly screening time is a special opportunity for individuals living with autism and others to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment. In order to provide a more comfortable setting for individuals on the autism spectrum, the auditorium lights will be turned slightly up and the sound turned slightly down.

Because some have strict, special dietary needs, families are permitted to bring their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks from home. Audience members will be welcome to get up and dance, walk or shout. All are welcome to this opportunity for families to meet; siblings of children with autism to get to know other kids; and anyone to enjoy a movie in a climate of acceptance and understanding. This sensory-friendly screening is co-presented by the Rockland Kiwanis Club.

“Home Alone” is rated PG, and has a running time of an hour and 43 minutes. For more information, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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