250 cinemas are hosting dedicated autism friendly cinema screenings this month right across the UK in partnership with Dimensions, a national not-for-profit support provider for people with learning disabilities and autism.
These partnerships allow Dimensions to advise on adjustments for people with autism and sensory differences to enjoy watching films in an environment conducive to their needs and for parents to enjoy the trip knowing they are in an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Adjustments include the lights left on low, the volume turned down, no trailers and the freedom for visitors to move around freely within the cinema screen.
- Cineworld cinemas show their autism friendly screening on the first Sunday of every month. Their next showing is Peter Rabbit on Sunday 1st April at 11am.
- Showcase cinemas show their autism friendly screening on the second Sunday of every month. Their next showing is the Greatest Showman (PG) on Sunday 11th March at 10am.
- ODEON cinemas show their autism friendly screening on a different Sunday each month. This month they are showing Peter Rabbit on Sunday 18th March at 10.15am. This film contains a controversial scene where Mr. McGregor has berries he is allergic to thrown at him. The film studio has apologised for this scene. PLEASE NOTE ODEON Epsom’s autism friendly screenings begin at 11am.
- ODEON cinemas also show an additional screening for older audiences one Monday a month. This month’s film for older audiences is Tomb Raider on Monday 19th March at 6pm.
- Vue cinemas show their autism friendly screening on the last Sunday of every month. Their next showing is Coco on Sunday 25th March at 10.15am.
Nick Barratt, Head of Behaviour Support at Dimensions said: “Autism friendly screenings are so important for both families and individuals who can feel excluded from the traditional cinema experience because they find the experience too stressful due to sensory overload.
“The screenings enable them to watch a wider variety of films, more frequently, in an environment conducive to their needs.
We have seen how successful such initiatives can be – so far we’ve had over 300,000 visits to local cinemas for an autism friendly screening. We are excited about the prospect of building upon that further.”
The initiative is part of a wider Dimensions campaign to create more autism friendly environments around the UK.
For more information and booking details visit www.dimensions-uk.org.