Autism friendly cinema screenings – FAQs

Here are some of our frequently asked questions for our autism friendly cinema screenings.

If you would like to get in touch please email us on autismfilms@dimensions-uk.org or call on 0300 303 9062

Are autism friendly cinema screenings just for people with autism?

No. There are a number of sensory differences made to the cinema environment that might make these screenings more attractive to people with autism. But, the screenings are for anyone that feel they would benefit. This might be someone with another sensory sensitivity or a learning disability.

Which cinemas do you work with?

We work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase cinemas to run our autism friendly screenings across the country. Other cinemas run the screenings too, but we don’t work with them and can’t guarantee the same high standards.

Do carers get in for free?

Allowing carers in for free is at the discretion of our partner cinemas and their staff. To guarantee a free place for a carer you can apply for a CEA Card.

A CEA Card stands for Cinema Exhibitors Association Card. The CEA Card is a national concessionary card developed by the UK Cinemas’ Association for UK cinemas. By purchasing one, it allows a person who meets their criteria to take a carer or a support worker into the cinema with them for free. This card is independent from Dimensions but all our participating cinemas accept it.

There’s a small fee for processing and postage but it guarantees free entry for a carer at all our partner cinemas. When booking tickets online you may need to register the card to your profile before it applies the discount. Apply for your CEA Card.

Do I need to prove I have autism?

No, you should never be asked to prove your autism diagnosis at one of our partner cinemas. Our autism friendly cinema screenings are open for people who have other sensory sensitivities, as well as those on the autism spectrum. However, if you don’t have a CEA Card and request free entry for a carer they may be asked to show their ID, such as a workers card or ID badge.

Can siblings and friends come?

Yes, we understand people are more likely to enjoy the film if they can go with friends or family. As part of the autism friendly adjustments we deliberately don’t fill theaters to capacity. Please exercise judgment when bringing friends and family and take other guests into consideration.

Are the cinema screenings wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The participating cinemas all have wheelchair access. Each participating cinema has a different number of wheelchair spaces and the number of wheelchair users that can be accommodated in each screen is limited, due to the building and safety. The best way to ensure that you have a wheelchair space is to book your tickets at the earliest opportunity.

What if we need extra adjustments?

We understand autism is different for everyone and our cinemas understand some visitors may need different adjustments. You are welcome to contact your local participating cinema before the autism friendly screening to discuss how they can best accommodate your needs – this might mean turning the volume down a little lower or visiting the cinema before the screenings to get used to the layout. The cinemas will try to accommodate for your needs, taking other guests into consideration too.

Do I have to book my ticket in advance?

No. You can buy your ticket at your local cinema on the day of the screening. There have been some instances where autism friendly cinema screenings have sold out so if this is a concern, you may wish to book your ticket in advance. If you require a wheelchair space we recommend that you do book your ticket in advance as there are limited wheelchair spaces. You can book tickets through the cinema websites, at the cinema or through their booking phoneline, if available.

Why do Vue charge less?

Vue tend to shower older films for our autism friendly cinema screenings, which means they can keep the ticket cost low.

How do you decide which films to show?

Our partner cinemas choose the film, with our guidance, based on popular releases. The films are chosen to appeal to as many people as possible and give people choice. Lots of people have contacted us and given their suggestions about the types of films that they feel would be suitable, and we take this feedback into account.

How do I make a complaint or give feedback about my experience?

We recommend you speak directly with your local cinema at the time of the screening, or there are other ways you can get in touch.

It’s important we know when the adjustments aren’t fully in place so we can maintain and improve our high standards. We also love to hear about the difference our screenings are making so please do share your story.

Each cinema has their own customer service team, you can find the details on their website.

You can get in touch with ODEON directly at afs@odeon.co.uk

You can get in touch with us directly and we’ll pass on your feedback. Email us on autismfilms@dimensions-uk.org or call on 0300 303 9062