Autism friendly movie screenings are being hosted in cinemas across the UK as part of a campaign to create more autism-friendly environments.
Around 250 UK cinemas will be screening the latest films in an environment which accommodates people with autism and sensory differences.
The initiative is run by Dimensions, a support provider for people with learning difficulties and autism, in partnership with the cinemas.
Dimensions provides advice on cinema adjustments to enable an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Cinema-goers will be able to move around freely within the cinema screen, there will be no trailers, the film volume will be turned down and the lights left on low.
The project began back in August 2011, with just Odeon cinemas hosting the screenings.
Since then around 300,000 people have visited the specialised screenings, with other cinemas joining the partnership.
Head of behaviour support at Dimensions, Nick Barratt, said: “Autism friendly screenings are so important for both families and individuals who can feel excluded from the traditional cinema experience because they find the experience too stressful due to sensory overload.
“The screenings enable them to watch a wider variety of films, more frequently, in an environment conducive to their needs."
Where will the films be screened?
The screenings will be hosted in Odeon, Cineworld, Showcase and Vue cinemas across the country, with the following in west London.
When can we catch one of the films?
Odeon cinemas will show their autism-friendly screening on a different Sunday each month at 10.15am.
This month, Beauty and the Beast will be showing on Sunday March 26.
On Monday night, they will offer an additional screening, aimed towards an older audience.
Vue cinemas will show their film at 10.15am on the last Sunday of every month.
Cineworld will be showing their film on the first Sunday of every month, starting with Beauty and the Beast on April 2 at 11am.
On the second Sunday of every month at 10am, Showcase cinemas will be hosting their film screening.
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