Autism Information

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Autism-friendly showings at cinemas

The Picturehouse Cinema chain is putting on 14 showings aimed at people with autism, their families and carers.

The National Autistic Society (NAS) said going to the cinema can be a difficult experience for people with the condition.

Some find loud noises in films disturbing, and some find it difficult simply to sit in their seat for the duration of a movie.

Low lights will be left on during the Picturehouse series, cinemagoers will be free to move around and the volume will be turned down to make the experience more enjoyable.

The series begins with free launch events in Aberdeen, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Exeter next month, and includes such films as Cars, Igor and Madagascar 2: Escape To Africa.

"It's fantastic that Picturehouse Cinemas have recognised their specific needs and are giving them the opportunity to enjoy a fun family day out."

The nationwide programme follows a number of pilot autism-friendly screenings in London.

Alice Warren, community and education manager for Picturehouse Cinemas said she was delighted the scheme was being extended around the country.

1 Comments:

  • WHat a great idea. Going to the movies is a crapshoot for us. May be OK, may be total frickin' disaster.

    By Anonymous Fielding J. Hurst, at 8:16 AM  

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