After a series of successful tests in a few UK cinemas, Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema this weekend hosts its first, free, autism-friendly screening of Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa this Sunday, 15 February.
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 – activities not 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 – among other families experiencing similar issues.
Films to be featured include the likes of new and current titles such as Bolt and Madagascar 2, as well as Igor and Cars.
Head over to the Cameo website for full details.