National autism friendly cinema screenings

We’re thrilled to announce that after a challenging few years, autism-friendly cinema screenings are back!

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 – Strange World
    See an autism-friendly screening of Strange World on Sunday 4th December at 11am.
    Please note that Cineworld Enfield location will be showing their screening on Saturday 3rd December 2022 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 – Strange World and Matilda The Musical
    See an autism-friendly screening of:

    • Strange World, Tuesday 29th November at 4:15pm
    • Matilda The Musical, Sunday 11th December 10am
  • Picturehouse – Various
    See an autism-friendly screening of:

    • DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS From 20 Nov 2022
    • ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL From  27 Nov 2022
    • AUTISM-FRIENDLY: THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL From 18 Dec 2022
  • ODEON – Matilda The Musical
    See an autism friendly screening of Matilda The Musical on Sunday 4th December at 10am or 10:15am
    ***Important; some ODEON cinemas open later so will be showing the screening later than 10am. Please check with your local cinema.
  • Scott cinemas – Strange Worlds
    At Barnstaple only see an autism friendly screening of Matilda The Musical on the 26th November. Doors open at 9.45am for 10.15am film start.
    See an autism friendly screening of Strange Worlds on Saturday 10th December. Doors open at 9.45am for 10.15am film start.
    Barnstaple, Bridgwater, Bristol, East Grinstead & Exmouth will show Strange Worlds on the 10th December.
  • 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.

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.

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