Autism and sensory difficulties

Specially-adapted screenings

The typical cinema environment can be stressful for guests with autism, sensory difficulties or learning impairments. We’re delighted to host special autism friendly screenings one Sunday morning each month at over 90 cinemas across the UK and ROI.

At our autism friendly screenings, we

  • Keep the house lights on throughout the film
  • Lower the audio volume
  • Remove the advertisements and trailers before the film
  • Open the cinema doors early so guests have time to get used to the surroundings

 

How to find autism friendly screenings

To find out about autism friendly screenings at your local cinema, simply select the 'Autism friendly' filter when looking for films and showtimes at your cinema.

If no performances are displayed, there may not be any autism-friendly screenings that week. If that's the case, please contact our Disability and Accessibility Helpline who will be able to help you further. Or speak to one of the team at the cinema.

You can also visit the Accessible Screenings website to find full listings of suitable performances at ODEON and other cinemas.

 

More inclusive cinema

We're proud to say that we were the first cinema chain to partner with Dimensions (a not-for-profit organisation providing support services for people with learning disabilities) to offer nationwide autism friendly screenings.

Our hope is that, as guests with sensory difficulties become more familiar with the cinema environment, at some point they'll feel comfortable with attending standard screenings.

 

Disability and Accessibility Helpline

Please contact us:

Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm
Fri-Sat 9am-8pm
Sun 10am-5pm

Phone: 0800 138 3315
Textphone: 18001 0808 1560 609

Alternatively you can send us a message via our Contact us form.