Autism friendly: an update about Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the government has advised people to stay away from all non-essential activities. This isn’t enforced by the government and cinemas, libraries, museums and Belong by GAME Arenas are making their own decisions about staying open.

Please contact your local venue for updates and we recommend you go directly to them for more information and details. Because this is a fast changing situation we recommend preparing for the sudden closure of venues and cancellation of autism friendly screenings.

We will share any updates as soon as possible but we are unable to provide more information or details about individual venues and cinemas. If you are due a refund from a venue, please speak to them directly as we’re unable to help.

Thank you for your understanding in this uncertain time, Dimensions Autism Friendly Team

Latest autism friendly venue updates in response to Covid-19

Last updated: 17 March 2020, 5:10pm

ODEON – closed until further notice

“Following government guidelines ODEON Cinemas are closed until further notice. If you have pre-booked tickets online, these will be refunded automatically. For any specific questions, please contact our Guest Service Centre. Information can be found on our website. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.”

Cineworld – closed until further notice

“Cineworld Cinemas will be closing until further notice | COVID-19 Customer Update

“We will be closing all Cineworld cinemas across the UK from tomorrow (Wednesday, 18 March) and in Ireland from today (Tuesday, 17 March 2020), until further notice. This decision was made in the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recent UK government advice, which the company has been carefully monitoring and following.

“We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our employees and guests. We deeply value our movie-loving customers and their health and wellbeing is our number one priority during this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible to enjoy a full slate of film releases.

“If you have any questions, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below.

“You will be able to get updates on the status of our cinemas via the Cineworld mobile app and online at

“We sincerely wish good health for you and your families during these uncertain times.

The Cineworld Team”

Read the statement and FAQs on the Cineworld website.

Vue – closed until further notice

“Since the first news of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been doing everything we can to provide a high quality, enjoyable and safe big screen experience for our customers.

“However, in line with the UK Government’s latest public health advice, we will be closing all our 91 cinemas in the UK & Ireland from today, March 17, until further notice.

“As you would expect, we are also doing our part by putting employment policies in place so that our staff are protected and are not penalised financially.

“Any pre-existing bookings will be refunded automatically in the month of the scheduled screening. Please continue to follow us on our social channels for the latest updates.

“We want to wish all our customers and employees well during these difficult times.  Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back at one of our cinemas soon.”

Showcase – closed until further notice


“Following Government guidelines, National Amusements, owner of Showcase Cinemas, has announced that it is temporarily closing all its cinemas in the UK from close of business on Tuesday 17 March. All tickets purchased in advance for future shows can be refunded by contacting the cinema directly on the relevant telephone number below, daily between 12pm-8pm.

“Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, our staff and customers’ health has been and will be our top priority. During the last few weeks, we have implemented COVID-19 prevention staff training, increased cleaning of surfaces and introduced new staff/customer hygiene practices. We were also one of the first cinema chains to introduce a 50% reduction in audience capacity to allow for social distancing during shows.

“Showcase Cinemas has worked very hard to provide the best moviegoing experience for our customers for over 30 years in the UK. Our industry has weathered many difficult moments through the decades. Through these unprecedented times, we come back to the same conclusion – people need and want to go to the movies. However, now is the time for public safety and for us to press pause on moviegoing.

“Be safe; and rest assured as we all navigate through this crisis, Showcase Cinemas will be here to welcome you back when it’s time to go to the movies!”

Picturehouse – closed until further notice

“It’s with great sadness, that Picturehouse is today announcing the closure of all its cinemas across the UK starting from Wednesday, 18 March 2020, until further notice. This decision was made in the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recent UK government advice, which the company has been carefully monitoring and following. The safety and well-being of our customers, our members and our staff is our utmost priority at Picturehouse and we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment within our cinemas.

“All Picturehouse customers who pre-booked tickets online or on the phone will be emailed and then automatically be issued a refund within 14 days. Customers who purchased tickets in-person should contact and our Customer Care team will be able to help you. Picturehouse Memberships will retain their value and we will be contacting all members in due course with further information.”

For the full statement please visit the Picturehouse website.

Everyman – closed until further notice

“We are sorry to let you know that following the government’s advice in the wake of coronavirus, our venues will be closed until further notice. We want everyone to be safe and healthy so we act as soon as we think that temporary closure is necessary.

“The safety and well-being of our customers, our members and our staff is of utmost importance at Everyman as we continue our efforts to minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“With any enquiries regarding ticket refunds please send us an email at To protect the privacy of our customers we do not store your data. Please bear with us as we deal with each request individually.

“For all Everyman members, please be assured we will be in touch soon with further information.

“We are still here if you have any questions and we will make sure to keep you posted as soon as we know when we re-open

“Stay healthy and see you soon Everybody!”

Read the statement on the Everyman Cinema website.

Independent cinemas

Please contact your local venue for information and updates.

Belong by GAME Arenas

We are waiting on an official statement from Belong by GAME

Libraries and museums

Please contact your local venue for information and updates.

Please note we are aiming to keep this information as up to date as possible, but this is a fast changing situation so please check with your local venue.