World Autism Awareness Day at Odeon Cinema in Preston

Posted on - 2nd April, 2014 - 10:19am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Kid's stuff, What's On in Preston



Today marks the seventh annual World Autism Awareness day where several organisations hold special events around the country to raise awareness of the disability,

The Odeon cinema in Preston is taking part on the day by annoucing a special Autism Friendly shows of Muppets: Most Wanted and Rio 2 bewteen 2 April and 6 April.

They have made subtle changes to the cinema environment so that guests with sensory uncertainties will have a more positive experience than the would in the more normal cinema setting.

As part of the experience the Odeon will:

Lower the lights,
Turn down the overall volume,
No trailers at the beginning of the film,
Take your own food and drink into the film,
Move about the auditorium freely (as long as you don’t run)

The screenings are open to everyone, not just those with autism, in particular those who may be sensory sensitive or have a learning difficulty and feel that they may benefit from the changes.

Tickets can be bought on the day or by booking online at

For more information contact


What do you think of the subtle changes Odeon will make to the cinema environment/ Isthis a good idea? Let us know in the comments below

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