Hebden Bridge Picture House | AUTISM FRIENDLY

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AUTISM FRIENDLY

Our occasional autism friendly screenings provide opportunities for people with autism or sensory sensitivity to enjoy a trip to the cinema. We aim to programme a mix of family friendly films at weekends and those specifically for adults during the week.

Adjustments at the cinema reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming place for people with autism to enjoy films with their families, friends or carers.

Upcoming autism friendly screenings at Hebden Bridge Picture House are as follows:

Wednesday 12 July: Hampstead (12A) Audio Description available. Film starts 11.00am
Saturday 22 July: Despicable Me 3 (U – t.b.c.) Film starts at 5.00pm

In each case doors open 45 minutes before the film start time shown. Normal ticket prices apply. Tickets can only be purchased for cash, on the door in the 45 minutes before the film starts.

Adjustments include

a relaxed environment where people understand the needs of children and families with autism
lights left on low
sound turned down a little
no trailers or advertisements (unless they are embedded in the film)
no introductory music whilst you wait for the film
disabled access
freedom to move around and sit where you like
bring your own food and drink
free entry for carers with valid CEA Card.

Autism friendly cinema screenings – FAQs

Here are some of our frequently asked questions for our autism friendly cinema screenings.If you would like to get in touch please email us on manager@hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk or call 01422 847287 on weekday mornings or 01422 842807 during cinema opening hours.

Are autism friendly cinema screenings just for people with autism?
No. There are a number of sensory differences made to the cinema environment that might make these screenings more attractive to people with autism. But, the screenings are for anyone that feel they would benefit. This might be someone with another sensory sensitivity or a learning disability.

Do carers get in for free?
To guarantee a free place for a carer you can apply for a CEA Card.
A CEA Card stands for Cinema Exhibitors Association Card. The CEA Card is a national concessionary card developed by the UK Cinemas’ Association for UK cinemas. By purchasing one, it allows a person who meets their criteria to take a carer or a support worker into the cinema with them for free.
There’s a small fee for processing and postage but it guarantees free entry for a carer at most cinemas including Hebden Bridge Picture House. Apply for your CEA Card at www.ceacard.co.uk.

Do I need to prove I have autism?
No, you will never be asked to prove your autism diagnosis. Our autism friendly cinema screenings are open for people who have other sensory sensitivities, as well as those on the autism spectrum. However, if you don’t have a CEA Card and request free entry for a carer they may be asked to show their ID, such as a workers card or ID badge.

Can siblings and friends come?
Yes, we understand people are more likely to enjoy the film if they can go with friends or family. As part of the autism friendly adjustments we deliberately don’t fill the cinema to capacity. Please exercise judgment when bringing friends and family and take other guests into consideration.

Are the cinema screenings wheelchair accessible?
Yes. We have wheelchair access, and have 8 to 10 wheelchair spaces (depending on the size of the wheelchairs). 4 of these spaces are in the body of the stalls seats and so are on sloping floor. 4 to 6 spaces exist at the back of the seating area on the flat floor, with room for a friend or carer to sit on a seat alongside the wheelchair user. The best way to ensure that you have a wheelchair space is to call the cinema to reserve a seat.

What if we need extra adjustments?
We understand autism is different for everyone and that some visitors may need different adjustments. You are welcome to contact us before the autism friendly screening to discuss how we can best accommodate your needs – this might mean turning the volume down a little lower or visiting the cinema before the screenings to get used to the layout. We will try to accommodate for your needs, taking other guests into consideration too.

Do I have to book my ticket in advance?
No. You can only buy your ticket at Hebden Bridge Picture House on the day of the screening as we do not have a computerised box office system. Doors open 45 minutes before the film start time. We only accept cash. We have over 500 seats so will not sell out, so you will get a seat. If you require a wheelchair space we recommend that you do book your wheelchair space with us in advance (call the cinema during opening hours) as there are limited wheelchair spaces.

How do you decide which films to show?
We choose the film (with our Programmer’s guidance), based on popular releases. The films are chosen to appeal to as many people as possible and give people choice. Lots of people have contacted us and given their suggestions about the types of films that they feel would be suitable, and we take this feedback into account. We aim to programme autism friendly screenings every month or two, depending on demand (how many people come to the screenings).

How do I make a complaint or give feedback about my experience?
We recommend you speak directly with cinema staff at the time of the screening, or if you would rather,
please email us on manager@hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk.

Download your Autism friendly cinema screenings social story template produced by Dimensions (UK) Limited (word format)