Two major cinema chains are excited to be hosting dedicated autism friendly cinema screenings this month in Manchester.
These screenings are part of a long-standing partnership with Dimensions UK, a not-for-profit social care provider for people with learning disabilities and autism.
ODEON cinemas at Manchester Printworks and the Trafford Centre show their autism friendly screening on a different Sunday each month. The cinema at the Trafford Centre also shows an additional screening aimed at older audiences on a chosen Monday night.
This month’s general autism friendly screening is A Dog’s Purpose, showing on Sunday 14th May at 10.15am. This month’s film for older audiences is Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 showing on Monday 16th May at 6pm.
Showcase cinema on Hyde Road shows their autism friendly screening on the second Sunday of the month. This month’s film is The Boss Baby on Sunday 14th May at 10am.
These partnerships allow Dimensions to advise on adjustments for people with autism and sensory differences to enjoy watching films in an environment conducive to their needs and for parents to enjoy the trip knowing they are in an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Adjustments include the lights left on low, the volume turned down, no trailers and the freedom for visitors to move around freely within the cinema screen.
Dimensions began the project in August 2011 with just ODEON cinemas. Since then the screenings have grown in popularity, welcoming around 300,000 visits to date. Cineworld, Vue and Showcase cinemas have also since joined the partnership.
Nick Barratt, Head of Behaviour Support at Dimensions 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. We have seen how successful such initiatives can be – so far we’ve had over 300,000 visits to local cinemas for an autism friendly screening. We are excited about the prospect of building upon that further.”
The initiative is part of a wider Dimensions campaign to create more autism friendly environments around the UK.
For more information and booking details, visit www.dimensions-uk.org/autismfilms