Picturehouse autism friendly screenings

In response to the government’s advice to prevent the spread of Covid-19 Picturehouse has decided to close their venues and cancel scheduled autism friendly cinema screenings.

Please visit this webpage for updates and information.

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.

Picturehouse’s statement on cinema closures

“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 enquiries@picturehouses.co.uk 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

See an autism friendly screening of Wall-E on Sunday 15th March – CANCELLED***
***Picturehouse cinemas host their autism friendly screenings at different times. Please visit Picturehouse’s page to find out information about participating cinemas and different dates and times.

“Picturehouse were one of the first cinemas to host autism friendly screenings, launching them in 2008. Being inclusive and welcoming is part of our culture. We’re thrilled to partner with Dimensions so we, and other cinemas, can all work together to help more autistic people enjoy the cinema.”

Picturehouse have been partnered with Dimensions since 2018 and now their sensory friendly films are at over 20 cinemas at least once a month.

Use the map and buttons below to plan your trip.

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 or Carers Card at Picturehouse cinemas

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 Picturehouse cinemas show autism friendly screenings?

This Google Map shows you which Picturehouse 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.

Picturehouse screening details

*Please be aware that Picturehouse host their autism friendly screenings at different times and some show them on different dates. Click below or on your local cinema on the map for more details.

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 Picturehouse’s autism friendly screenings. Select the film listed as an autism friendly screening and follow the booking process:

  • On the Picturehouse website (select your cinema and the film marked as ‘autism friendly’ on the schedule. Please note a £1.50 booking fee applies for online bookings.)
  • Via the dedicated accessibility hotline 0207 294 7908 (standard call rates apply)
  • At your local cinema.

Free entry for carers

  • Carers can get free entry when booking in person at the box office with a valid CEA Card at Picturehouse cinemas
  • Carers can get free entry when booking in person at the box office, over the phone or online with a valid Carers Card.

If you have any booking or carers card enquiries, please contact Picturehouse:

Start planning your trip to the cinema

Use the buttons below to find out what’s on, watch trailers and plan your trip.

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