The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) for UK cinemas.
The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.
To apply for the card, you will need to meet one or both of the following criteria (full details of criteria and the initiative here):
a) Be in receipt of the disability living allowance, attendance allowance or Personal Independence Payment;
b) Be a registered blind person.
The aim of the CEA Card is to provide a consistent voluntary approach to the provision of complimentary tickets for people with disabilities. In the past this was done on a site-by site-basis. Around 90 per cent of UK cinemas are supporting the scheme from the large national chains to smaller independent operators.
For further information on the scheme, including a list of participating cinemas, here is a link to the CEA Card website. (This site may open in a new window).
This link allows you to download and print an application form - these are also available at some participating cinemas. Please read the CEA Card terms and conditions contained on the application form before returning.
You can use this link to look at the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.
There is an administration charge of £6.00 for the Card, which lasts for one year.
The CEA Card is administered and run by The Card Network. For general card enquiries, please call their enquiry line: 0845 123 1292.
There is a wide range of information available on services provided by cinemas for people with disabilities. Some of the most useful are described below. (Note: these sites may open in a new window).
Yourlocalcinema.com allows you to identify cinemas in your area playing subtitled/and or audio-described films. Here is a link to the yourlocalcinema.com website. Artslineprovides a comprehensive information service on more general access information for cinemas and other entertainment venues. The RNIB offers information about audio description services in cinemas, on DVD, on digital television and in theatres. Here is a link to the RNIB website.