April is World Autism Month with World Autism Awareness Day, on 2 April, and National Autism Awareness Week in the UK. Cinemas across the country offer relaxed environment or autism-friendly screenings, with adaptations to make the space more comfortable and accessible for autistic people to enjoy film as individuals or with their families.

Organisations such as the UK Cinema Association, Dimensions, National Autistic Society and FAN have worked with cinemas to support them in welcoming autistic audiences. Here are some events happening:

UK events

Mar 30 |  Manchester |  The Book of Life (U) at HOME

Apr 2 & 6 |  Greenock |  The Lego Movie 2 (PG) at the Waterfront

Apr 2 & 6 |  Dunoon |  The Lego Movie 2 (PG) at Studio Cinema

Apr 4 |  London |  Experimental Visions and Neurodiversity: Jigsaw + discussion with director Robina Rose at BFI Southbank

Apr 6 |  London |  Sleeping Beauty (U) 1959 at BFI Southbank

Apr 6 |  Leeds |  Hyde & Seek: Despicable Me 2 (U) at Hyde Park Picture House

Apr 6 |  Glasgow |  Take 2 Access: The Kid Who Would be King (PG) at Glasgow Film Theatre

Apr 6 |  Bangor |  The Kid Who Would be King (PG) at Pontio 

Apr 6 + 7 |  Belfast, Glengormley & Coleraine |  Dumbo (PG) at Movie House Cinemas 

Apr 6 + 9 |  Stockton |  How to Train Your Dragon 2: The Hidden World (PG) at ARC

Apr 7 |  Aberdeen |  Life, Animated (PG) at Belmont Filmhouse

Apr 7 |  Worthing |  Dumbo (PG) at Worthing Theatres

Apr 7 |  Dundee |  Dumbo (PG) at Dundee Contemporary Arts

Apr 7 |  Neath |  Dumbo (PG) at Gwyn Hall

Apr 7 |  Newcastle  |  The Jungle Book (1967) (U) at Tyneside Cinema

Apr 9 |  Dunoon |  Aladdin (U) at Studio Cinema

Apr 10 |  Goole |  The Lego Movie 2 (PG) at Junction

Apr 11 |  Sevenoaks |  Wonder Park (PG) at Stag Community Arts Centre

Apr 13 |  Horsham |  Wild Rose (15) – Blue Oasis Film Club at The Capitol

Apr 13 |  Dunoon |  Sing (PG) at Studio Cinema

Apr 13 |  Aberdare |  Mary Poppins Returns (U) at Coliseum Theatre

Apr 13 + 16 |  Stockton |  The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (U) at ARC

Apr 14 |  Sheffield |  KICstart: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (PG) at Showroom

Apr 14 |  Walsall, Dudley, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester & Coventry |  Dumbo (PG) at Showcase Cinemas

Apr 15 |  Birmingham |  The Kid Who Would be King (PG) at Mac

Apr 15 |  Saffron Walden |  Missing Link (PG) at Saffron Screen

Apr 16 |  Kendal |  Missing Link (PG) at Brewery Arts

Apr 17 |  Goole |  Dumbo (PG) at Junction

Apr 17 |  Aberdare |  The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (U) at Coliseum Theatre

Apr 18 |  Sevenoaks |  Missing Link (PG) at Stag Community Arts Centre

Apr 19 |  Birmingham | The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG) at Mac

Apr 19 |  London |  Wild Rose (15) at Barbican

Apr 20 |  Dunoon |  Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun (U) at Studio Cinema

Apr 20 |  Stockton |  The Kid Who Would be King (PG) at ARC

Apr 21 |  Dundee |  The Kid Who Would be King (PG) at Dundee Contemporary Arts

Apr 21 |  Newcastle |  Access Cinema: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (U) (1971) at Tyneside Cinema

Apr 22 |  Hebden Bridge |  Dumbo (PG) at Hebden Bridge Picture House

Apr 23 |  Birmingham |  How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) at Mac

Apr 24 |  London |  Wild Rose (15) at BFI Southbank

Apr 26 |  Horsham |  Blue Oasis Film Club: Red Joan at The Capitol

Apr 26 |  Spalding |  Napoleon Dynamite (PG) at South Holland Centre

Apr 27 |  Canterbury |  Autism Arts Festival incl. Dyspla Shorts & Oska Bright Film Festival’s Queer Freedom at Gulbenkian

Apr 27 |  Dunoon |  Dumbo (PG) at Studio Cinema

Apr 27 |  Stockton |  Dumbo (PG) at ARC

Apr 27 |  Chester |  Matilda (PG) at Storyhouse

Apr 28 |  Penzance, Redruth, Falmouth, Torquay, Ilfracombe, Okehampton, Coleford, Cromer, Kingsbridge, Prestatyn  |  Dumbo (PG) at Merlin Cinemas

Apr 29 |  Horsham |  Red Joan (12A) – Blue Oasis Film Club at The Capitol

Apr 30 |  Barry |  Dumbo (PG) – dementia and autism-friendly at Memo Arts Centre

May 14 |  Kendal |  Dumbo (PG) at Brewery Arts Centre