In 2011, the UK Cinema Association joined forces with the charity Dimensions to help introduce regular autism friendly screenings to the UK.
ODEON was the first UK cinema company to pioneer the delivery of autism friendly screening, initially in 40 sites across the country. Over 3,000 guests attended those shows, since which time they have grown tremendously in terms of availability and popularity.
2016 marked the fifth anniversary of national autism friendly screenings in the UK. In that time, there were 280,000 visits to 200 screenings across 400 sites operated by ODEON, Cineworld Cinemas, Vue Entertainment and Showcase Cinemas, with many more smaller cinemas also picking up the mantle and running regular programmes of their own.
Now with five national cinema chains partnering with Dimensions and committed to high quality, regular screenings, cinema is becoming increasingly accessible for guests with sensory sensitivity.
Download a comprehensive guide for cinemas on how to put on an autism friendly screening (PDF, 2MB).
In addition to the written guide, please view the training video: