Autism friendly film screenings - various cinemas [Check link for the next film being shown]
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Autism friendly film screenings - various cinemas [Check link for the next film being shown]

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Found 10th Oct 2013
On various Sundays of every month (see below) several cinemas including Cineworld, Showcase, Odeon, and Vue provide autism friendly screenings* usually under £2 per person for everyone attending (although bear in mind that tickets can not be reserved) >>>

Next Screenings / Dates:

See an autism friendly screening of Paw Patrol: Big Screen Tails on Sunday 24th December at 10:15am, at participating Vue cinemas.

See an autism friendly screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A) on Sunday 7th January at 11am, at participating Cineworld cinemas.


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I posted this because I think it's a really great deal for autistic adults and families with autistic children, and it's existence had somehow completely passed me by until recently so thought I'd share it with you guys if you know of someone with an autistic child who may also not be aware. Merthyr Tydfil branch do tickets for £1.70 so a Vue giftcard turned out to be a great birthday surprise for my autistic nephew this week!

It's also worth noting that if someone is eligible for a CEA card then it allows free entry to the cinema for a carer.
I think the card costs £5/year or something like that.
ceacard.co.uk/
*Credit to sickly sweet*

When and Where
Cineworld - First sunday of the month (allows online bookings; now full price)
Showcase - Second sunday of the month
Vue cinemas - Last sunday of the month.
Reel cinemas - Independently arranged (https://www.facebook.com/reelcinema)
*Credit to zyany*

Odeon is usually the third sunday of the month.
*Credit to iworkthere*

Also don't know if its a national thing but The Children's Network also do FREE days out for autistic kids and they hire the whole screen or a bowling alley for a few hours so we can have a 'Normal' family day out... worth its weight in gold
*Credit to The Crew Designs*

* While they are labelled autism friendly, young people with any difficulties that would mean the changes below make a difference can attend:
The lights will be on low
The volume will be turned down
There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
You'll be able to take your own food and drinks
You'll be able to move around the cinema if you like (guests are reminded not to run inside the cinema and children are to be supervised at all times.)

Check with Cinema before going as the prices at some cinemas have changed since original post
- eslick

Top comments

Please only go in if you have a kid who's Autistic.

Last week we had an idiot going in and then complaining why 'some children's' were making noise during the screen, she made a big fuss out of it too. So please don't buy tickets online just because it's cheap, this event is created for the sake of autistic children to make their experience at the cinema a little more magical.

'You'll be able to take your own food and drinks'



I always do anyways, usually in a carrier bag. When ever they complain, I just make out there special vegan lactose free versions and their shop doesn't sell them, always works.

Fantastic deal. Heat added.

Regards
Flea
Edited by: "Fleabum" 10th Oct 2013

Matty1255

This is a great idea and personally I feel this should be free because … This is a great idea and personally I feel this should be free because not only is it great for children to meet other children with similar issues and to make friends but its great for parents to meet other parents and relax knowing that their children are not going to spoil someone else's experience.


No it shouldn't be free or it will be abused like A&E. This nominal charge seems entirely sensible.

This is how showing should be for everyone!
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Sounds like a great idea this. I always find the cinemas to loud, to many adverts and trailers, to dark and don't me started about the price of food. Excellent idea. Heat added.

Great idea and find.

Heat added, son with Aspergers . Thank you.

This is how showing should be for everyone!

thanks for sharing

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It's also worth noting that if someone is eligible for a CEA card then it allows free entry to the cinema for a carer.
I think the card costs £5/year or something like that.
ceacard.co.uk/

'You'll be able to take your own food and drinks'



I always do anyways, usually in a carrier bag. When ever they complain, I just make out there special vegan lactose free versions and their shop doesn't sell them, always works.

Fantastic deal. Heat added.

Regards
Flea
Edited by: "Fleabum" 10th Oct 2013

Oh, and great post OP, it's fantastic & although its limited in not being able to book & films etc it's a great deal & anything which makes the cinema more accessible is brilliant.
Such a simple and effective idea

Great idea, thanks op for the info.

Original Poster

sickly sweet

Oh, and great post OP, it's fantastic & although its limited in not being … Oh, and great post OP, it's fantastic & although its limited in not being able to book & films etc it's a great deal & anything which makes the cinema more accessible is brilliant. Such a simple and effective idea



Agreed, I did have a conversation with them about how it might not be ideal to bring an autistic or aspergers child early to the cinema to get the tickets (I mean none of us want to wait around, but a cinema is like a circus and the kids can find that really stressful), they said generally the screenings are not very populated which is even better news really.
Edited by: "go_rators" 10th Oct 2013

Great deal I have a son with Aspergers and this sound ideal

What a great post. As a support worker I know that these modifications would make a great difference. Heat from me.

What a great idea.

Fleabum

I always do anyways, usually in a carrier bag. When ever they complain, I … I always do anyways, usually in a carrier bag. When ever they complain, I just make out there special vegan lactose free versions and their shop doesn't sell them, always works.



There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at taking your own stuff into a movie, and the cinema where they filmed (I think an Odeon?) said they did not object as long as there was no hot food (because of the smell, apparently) and no alcoholic drinks.

Heat from me, I have a son with autism and he finds normal showings too loud.

What a great idea, will make it much less stressful taking our son. Thankyou

Good idea, well done to the owners.

Not only less stressful for the parents/carers but also for other cinema goers who are not aware the finer points of autism/autistics.

Please only go in if you have a kid who's Autistic.

Last week we had an idiot going in and then complaining why 'some children's' were making noise during the screen, she made a big fuss out of it too. So please don't buy tickets online just because it's cheap, this event is created for the sake of autistic children to make their experience at the cinema a little more magical.

Butterbean

There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at … There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at taking your own stuff into a movie, and the cinema where they filmed (I think an Odeon?) said they did not object as long as there was no hot food (because of the smell, apparently) and no alcoholic drinks.



All cineworld cinemas will let you bring cold food and drink (no alcohol though). There terms only forbid hot food. Got a screenshot of their Facebook page when they confirmed this.

jalaldevil

Please only go in if you have a kid who's Autistic.Last week we had an … Please only go in if you have a kid who's Autistic.Last week we had an idiot going in and then complaining why 'some children's' were making noise during the screen, she made a big fuss out of it too. So please don't buy tickets online just because it's cheap, this event is created for the sake of autistic children to make their experience at the cinema a little more magical.



A VERY valid point - thanks for posting.

Wicked post ty

heat for the post. well done.

Butterbean

There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at … There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at taking your own stuff into a movie, and the cinema where they filmed (I think an Odeon?) said they did not object as long as there was no hot food (because of the smell, apparently) and no alcoholic drinks.



Doesn't the cinema's own hot food smell?

Butterbean

There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at … There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at taking your own stuff into a movie, and the cinema where they filmed (I think an Odeon?) said they did not object as long as there was no hot food (because of the smell, apparently) and no alcoholic drinks.


I think if a cinema allowed its own food to be eaten in the auditorium but then tried to ban people bringing equivalent food of their own, they might be on shaky legal ground. After all, you've paid to see the film. It's not like taking your own food into a restaurant and then expecting to be able to sit there for free eating it.

Banned

The lights will be on low
The volume will be turned down
There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
You'll be able to take your own food and drinks

You'll be able to move around the cinema if you like**

This is stuff that should happen in normal viewings

What a beautiful deal/thread. Voted hot.

alex16

Doesn't the cinema's own hot food smell?


Nope Cinema food doesn't small, I can assure you of that.

That said the smell of McDonalds inside a screen is terrible, the smell pollutes the entire screen and it doesn't get out for a good two hours.

Very unfair for those who paid £10 to have their film spoiled by others. You can take in cold sandwiches, drinks and sweets but Hot food is a NO NO. You get all sorts of peopling sneaking in Nandos, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Express, i find it repulsive and we do get plenty of complaints but what can you do really, Strip search customers.

Great idea - heated. Well done OP for highlighting this - I had no idea of it. I know someone with an autistic child and will tell him next time I see him in case he is not aware either.

Great post.

sickly sweet

It's also worth noting that if someone is eligible for a CEA card then it … It's also worth noting that if someone is eligible for a CEA card then it allows free entry to the cinema for a carer. I think the card costs £5/year or something like that. http://www.ceacard.co.uk/



Thanks so much for this, so I apply for my son, he gets the card and if I go with him, I get in for free? Is that right?

Butterbean

There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at … There was a consumer tv programme with Nicky Campbell which looked at taking your own stuff into a movie, and the cinema where they filmed (I think an Odeon?) said they did not object as long as there was no hot food (because of the smell, apparently) and no alcoholic drinks.



Good job the odeon don't sell hot food cough *hot dogs*

I believe similar types of special screnings are put on for people with other particular needs. Absolutely as it should be.

this is wonderful, I have been thinking of something nice to do for my eldest daughter as a day out because she is unable to go to a birthday party (sensory issue with trains) this is perfect! thank you so much

jalaldevil

Please only go in if you have a kid who's Autistic.Last week we had an … Please only go in if you have a kid who's Autistic.Last week we had an idiot going in and then complaining why 'some children's' were making noise during the screen, she made a big fuss out of it too. So please don't buy tickets online just because it's cheap, this event is created for the sake of autistic children to make their experience at the cinema a little more magical.



tickets for this cannot be booked online as far as I know

jalaldevil

Please only go in if you have a kid who's Autistic.Last week we had an … Please only go in if you have a kid who's Autistic.Last week we had an idiot going in and then complaining why 'some children's' were making noise during the screen, she made a big fuss out of it too. So please don't buy tickets online just because it's cheap, this event is created for the sake of autistic children to make their experience at the cinema a little more magical.



Did anyone set the fool right?

This is a great idea and personally I feel this should be free because not only is it great for children to meet other children with similar issues and to make friends but its great for parents to meet other parents and relax knowing that their children are not going to spoil someone else's experience.

Matty1255

This is a great idea and personally I feel this should be free because … This is a great idea and personally I feel this should be free because not only is it great for children to meet other children with similar issues and to make friends but its great for parents to meet other parents and relax knowing that their children are not going to spoil someone else's experience.


No it shouldn't be free or it will be abused like A&E. This nominal charge seems entirely sensible.

nicmall

Did anyone set the fool right?



They may not have known.

Having a child with autism/aspergers isn't a license to be a rude parent.

Great stuff, I'm sorry to say I think my fat thumb might have clicked cold by mistake but this is a def hot from me, anyone know if there's a way of changing your rating?

jalaldevil

Nope Cinema food doesn't small, I can assure you of that.That said the … Nope Cinema food doesn't small, I can assure you of that.That said the smell of McDonalds inside a screen is terrible, the smell pollutes the entire screen and it doesn't get out for a good two hours.Very unfair for those who paid £10 to have their film spoiled by others. You can take in cold sandwiches, drinks and sweets but Hot food is a NO NO. You get all sorts of peopling sneaking in Nandos, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Express, i find it repulsive and we do get plenty of complaints but what can you do really, Strip search customers.



Would you really want to be strip searching someone whose diet consists of McDonald, Pizza Express & KFC....?!? oO

Great deal though OP. Of no benefit to me, but voting hot to help keep the temp up for those who may be able to use it.
Edited by: "Atyeo9" 10th Oct 2013
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