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 – Tad The Lost Explorer And The Curse of The Mummy
    See an autism-friendly screening of Tad The Lost Explorer And The Curse of The Mummy on Sunday 2nd October 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 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Lyle Lyle Crocodile
    See an autism-friendly screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Sunday 9th October at 10am.
    Please note; this film contains scenes that some viewers might find distressing and flashing lights and loud music during the tunnel scene.
    And
    See an autism-friendly screening of Lyle Lyle Crocodile on Tuesday 25th October at 4:15pm.
    Please note; all participating Showcase cinemas will show the screening of Lyle Lyle Crocodile EXCEPT for Southampton and Bristol Avon Meads.
    Please note Showcase Bristol Avon Meads is now closed for refurbishment.
  • Picturehouse – The Lego Movie and Abominable
    See an autism-friendly screening of The Lego Movie on Sunday 18th September.
    See an autism-friendly screening of Abominable on Sunday 16th October.
  • Cheap £2.50 tickets for ODEON autism friendly screening
    On 2nd October September tickets for ODEON’s autism friendly screenings will cost just £2.50! Please check your local cinema for details, as some show times might be later.
    The Princess and the Frog on 2nd October at 10am OR 11am for £2.50***
    ***Important; some ODEON cinemas open later so will be showing the screening later than 10am. Please check with your local cinema.
  • Scott cinemas – Minions; The rise of Gru
    Barnstaple, Bristol, East Grinstead & Exmouth:
    See an autism friendly screening of Tad the Lost Explorer and The Curse of the Mummy on Saturday 10th September/ Doors open at 9.45am for 10.15am film start.
    Barnstaple:
    See an autism friendly screening of Fisherman’s Friends: One and All on Saturday 27th August. Doors open at 9.45am for 10.15am film start.
  • Everyman – announcement expected soon
  • Vue – The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
    See an autism friendly screening of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! at participating Vue cinemas on Sunday 28th August at 11:30am.

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.

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It’s time to see when their next autism-friendly screening is! Use the buttons below to find out more.

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