Cineworld autism friendly screenings
In response to the government’s advice to prevent the spread of Covid-19 Cineworld has decided to close their venues and cancel scheduled autism friendly cinema screenings.
Statement about Cineworld and Picturehouse temporary closure
We are extremely sad to hear about the temporary closure of Cineworld and Picturehouse cinemas across the country. Cineworld and Picturehouse have been a brilliant partner for autism friendly screenings and have always been enthusiastic and proactive about doing more for their guests with autism.
We understand that guests to Cineworld and Picturehouse autism friendly screenings will be looking for alternative screenings to go to. We will keep you updated about our partner chains hosting autism friendly screenings so you can find one near you.
We also encourage you to let us know about independent cinemas in your area so we can ask them to take the free autism friendly cinema training. This is available at www.dimensions-uk.org/afstraining and is free and available for everyone.
Please email DimensionsCampaigns@dimensions-uk.org to let us know about an independent cinema we can approach.
Thank you and we hope to welcome Cineworld and Picturehouse back to autism friendly screenings soon.
Cineworld’s statement about cinema closures
“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 cineworld.com.
“We sincerely wish good health for you and your families during these uncertain times.
The Cineworld Team”
See an autism friendly screening of Onward on Sunday 5th April at 11am at participating Cineworld cinemas. – CANCELLED
What makes a cinema screening autism friendly?
Sometimes you might also see an autism friendly screening being described as a relaxed screening or a sensory friendly screening. This means there are some adjustments in place to help reduce the stress and sensory input people with autism and other sensory sensitivities can experience.
Some autism friendly adjustments include:
- There are no trailers
- The lights and volume are turned down
- You can sit where you want and move around
- You can take your own food and drink
- Staff are trained in autism understanding
- Carers can get free entry with a valid CEA Card.
Dimensions provides free online training for every cinema in the UK, and additional support for our partner cinemas; ODEON, Cineworld, Vue, Showcase, Picturehouse and Everyman.
Which Cineworld cinemas show autism friendly screenings?
This Google Map shows you which Cineworld cinemas participate in our autism friendly screenings. We will list any cinemas not participating in a particular screening and further information on the event page linked below.
While we try to keep this map up to date we recommend checking with your local cinema or booking tickets in advance.
- Aberdeen Union Square
- Birmingham Broad Street
- Birmingham Nec
- Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Burton On Trent
- Bury St Edmunds
- Dalton Park
- Glasgow Parkhead
- Glasgow Renfrew Street
- Glasgow Silverburn
- Gloucester Quay
- Harlow Queensgate
- Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe
- Isle Of Wight
- Milton Keynes
- St Helens
- St Neots
- West India Quay
- Weston Super Mare
- Wood Green
How do I book tickets?
Tickets are available to book around 5 days in advance. There are a number of ways you can book tickets for Cineworld’s autism friendly screenings. Select the film listed as an autism friendly screening and follow the booking process:
- On the Cineworld website
- Via the Cineworld Box Office on 0871 200 2000 (calls cost 12p per minute from a BT landline. Mobile and other providers may vary)
- At your local cinema.
If you have any booking enquiries, please contact Cineworld:
- through their website
- through their Twitter account @Cineworld
- by calling customer services on 0333 003 3444
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