Cineworld and Odeon launch more autism friendly film screenings

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Dimensions, which supports people who experience autism and people with learning disabilities, has partnered with Cineworld to extend its Autism Friendly Film initiative.

The screenings will now take place in more than 100 cinemas across the UK every two weeks as Dimensions joins forces with both Cineworld and its original partner, ODEON.

Dimensions and ODEON began the original project in August 2011 and since then the screenings have grown in popularity. Over 21,000 people attended the screenings in the first year.

Dimensions have used their specialist knowledge to advise on the adjustments necessary for people with autism and sensory differences to enjoy watching films in an environment conducive to their needs. These include allowing the lights to be left on low, having the volume turned down, not showing trailers, allowing individuals the room to move about if needed, and permitting people to bring their own food or drink.

The first screening will be Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger on December 2nd at 11am in selected Cineworlds including Ipswich.

ODEON’s next Autism Friendly Film Screening, which takes place across more than 80 cinemas, including Colchester will also be Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger on December 16th at 11.30am.

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