Autism Friendly cinema screenings have been running successfully for a while now, and the four main cinema chains all participate with monthly showings. However Odeon have just announced a new Summer Screenings programme with extra films so that there will almost weekly autism friendly screenings through the summer school holidays.
There will be low lighting kept on during the screening, and volume levels will be reduced. There are also no trailers or advertisements shown, and customers are able to bring in their own food if they wish. Another benefit to these screenings is that there will be no allocated seating and customers are able to move during the screening if they wish. All of this should help make visiting the cinema a better experience for affected families.
Here's a list of the autism friendly screenings that will be taking place at selected Odeon cinemas this summer, along with approximate timings:
- The Secret Life Of Pets - Sunday 17th July 11.30am
- Now You See Me 2 - Monday 18th July 6pm
- Ice Age: Collision Course - Tuesday 26th July 10am
- The BFG - Tuesday 2nd August 10am
- Finding Dory - Sunday 14th August 11.30am & Tuesday 16th August 10am
- Jason Bourne - Monday 15th August 6pm
- Pete's Dragon - Tuesday 30th August 10am
Tickets usually go on sale on the Tuesday before the performance date, and you can book online here or at your local Odeon in person.
There are 90 Odeon cinemas that have autism friendly screenings, and you can find a list of them here.
Cineworld, Vue and Showcase also have autism friendly cinema screenings once a month, and you can find more details on those on the Dimensions website here.