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Picturehouse Cinemas has been holding a series of autism-friendly screenings at their sites around the country this year. These proved so popular with families that more screenings have now been organised between July and September.

These screenings, arranged in partnership with The National Autistic Society (NAS), are designed for people on the autism spectrum, their families, friends and carers. During the film, low lights are left on inside the auditorium and the volume of the soundtrack is reduced. Cinemagoers are free to move around, make a noise or take a break during the film if they need to – these are activities not usually encouraged at regular screenings.

The cinema is often not a place that is easily accessible for families affected by autism. These screenings aim to make families feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed in an environment that can otherwise seem traumatic, enjoying a film with other families who experience similar issues.

Mark Allenby, from Picturehouse Cinemas, said:

“Autism-friendly screenings have proved to be a huge success, with regular events attracting diverse audiences to our venues. I am delighted to now be able to extend a warm welcome to members of communities up and down the country who might otherwise feel excluded from the cinema experience.”

Download the PDF document below for the latest screening schedule. We are still awaiting details from a few cinemas so please check this page (www.autism.org.uk/picturehouse) again if your nearest autism-friendly screening is yet to be confirmed.

Alternatively, email helen.dingle@nas.org.uk who will be able to give you up-to-date information on the screenings.

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Source: http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=2122&a=18616



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