A trip to the cinema can be a stressful time for people with autism but special screenings have made it much easier.
The country’s leading cinema chains have teamed up to provide autism friendly screenings complete with low level lighting and volume, no trailers and the freedom for visitors to move around.
250 cinemas across the UK are hosting the special screenings this month in partnership with Dimensions charity who provide support for people with learning disabilities and autism.
The charity began the project in 2011 with ODEON and since then over 300,000 people have attended the screenings and Cineworld, Vue and Showcase have signed up.
Nick Barratt, Head of Behaviour Support at Dimensions, said: “Autism friendly screenings are so important for both families and individuals who can feel excluded from the traditional cinema experience because they find the experience too stressful due to sensory overload.
“The screenings enable them to watch a wider variety of films, more frequently, in an environment conducive to their needs.”
Autism friendly screenings in your area
Birmingham Broad Street
Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham
Cineworld cinemas show their autism friendly screening on the first Sunday of every month.
They showed Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend and the next showing is Aardman animation Early Man (U) at 11am on Sunday, February 4.