National autism friendly cinema screenings
We’re thrilled to announce that after a challenging few years, autism-friendly cinema screenings are back!
There will be some COVID-19 adjustments in place, and these will be dependent on the cinema. But we are working with all our partners to help autism-friendly screenings get back into cinemas.
There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The Government suggests that you continue to wear a face-covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
Autism-friendly screenings are sometimes called relaxed or sensory-friendly screenings. Adjustments are made to reduce stress and sensory input, such as low lighting and sound, freedom to move and staff trained in autism awareness.
Upcoming autism-friendly cinema screenings
Here are the upcoming films for our partner cinemas. Please visit their webpage for full details:
- Cineworld – Lightyear
See an autism-friendly screening of Lightyear (PG) on Sunday 3rd July at 11am.
- The Light – Various
The Light has a variety of screenings scheduled across their cinemas. Please visit their page to find out what’s showing near you.
- Showcase – Minions: The Rise of Gru
See an autism-friendly screening of Minions: The Rise of Gru on Sunday 10th July at 10am.
- Picturehouse – Sonic The Hedgehog 2
See an autism-friendly screening of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 on Sunday 17th July.
- ODEON – Lightyear
– See an autism-friendly screening of Lightyear on Sunday 19th June 10:15am at participating ODEON cinemas.
- Everyman – announcement expected soon
- Vue – Sing 2
See an autism-friendly screening of Sing 2 on Sunday 24th April at 10:30am.
At least once a month ODEON, Cineworld, Vue, Showcase, Picturehouse and Everyman cinemas show popular films in an autism-friendly environment, and independent cinemas can use our free training to host their own.
We hope these screenings will help more people with sensory sensitivity enjoy the cinema and for many, provide a transition into regular screenings.
Anyone who feels they can benefit from the adjustments is welcome and no proof of diagnosis is needed. Your loved ones or support staff are welcome too.
Find an autism-friendly screening near you
This map displays our partner cinemas showing autism-friendly screenings and some independent cinemas too. Alternatively, use the buttons below to find out about upcoming screenings.
Click the arrow on the left to turn the layers on and off for each cinema brand. We try to keep this information up to date but recommend you check with your local cinema for participation details.
Have you found your local cinema?
It’s time to see when their next autism-friendly screening is! Use the buttons below to find out more.