The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed by the UK Cinema Association for UK cinemas.

The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they provide a consistent voluntary approach to making reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema. Around 90 per cent of UK cinemas are supporting the scheme from the large national chains to smaller independent operators.

Under the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010, cinema operators have obligations to make reasonable adjustments in order to facilitate disabled people going to the cinema. For disabled people, this may mean a carer might be needed to assist them.

Enquiries about the CEA Card

If you have any questions relating to the Card, please:

Call The Card Network enquiry line: 0845 123 1292 or

Read their Frequently Asked Questions.

The CEA Card is administered and run by The Card Network. For further information on the scheme, including a list of participating cinemas, go to the CEA Card website.

To apply for the Card, you will need to meet one or both of the following criteria:

  1. Be in receipt of the disability living allowance, attendance allowance or Personal Independence Payment;
  2. Be a registered blind person.

Full details of criteria and the initiative can be found in the CEA Card website FAQs.

How to apply

There is an administration charge of £6.00 for the Card, which lasts for one year.

To apply online or to download an application form, please go to the CEA Card website.

Please read the CEA Card terms and conditions contained on the application form before returning.