Autism-Friendly Screenings

Picturehouse's regular Autism-Friendly screenings

Alicia López Ríos

28 Mar 19

Our Autism Friendly screenings are adapted in a variety of ways to help reduce anxiety and over-stimulation and ensure a safe, enjoyable cinema experience for people with autism, and their families, friends and carers.

Adjustments include:

Our upcoming Autism Friendly screenings are…


The Lion King (PG)

Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfre Woodward, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, Kanishk Gangwal, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Billy Eichner, John Kani
Duration: 118 min 

Eye-poppingly realistic CGI brings to life Disney's cherished animation about a lion cub's brave journey from pride outcast to proud king. Jon Favreau's immersive vision gathers a majestic cast on the African savannah to honour all the seminal moments and iconic songs of the original film. James Earl Jones reprises his role as the wise and just King Mufasa, while Donald Glover is Simba, the young prince who takes his royal destiny to heart. Chiwetel Ejiofor lends his voice to Scar, the king's scheming brother, who forms his own plans to take the throne.

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Uglydolls (U)

Director: Kelly Asbury
Starring: Gabriel Iglesias, Emma Roberts, Wanda Sykes, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Leehom Wang, Pitbull , Blake Shelton, Bebe Rexha, Lizzo , Charli XCX
Duration: 87 min 

In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye. Here, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities, occasionally looking to the sky, where a new UglyDoll will appear and be embraced by the community. Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) loves her square-peg life in this round-hole town, but her curiosity about all things leads her to wonder if there's something – anything – on the other side of the mountain which nestles Uglyville. Moxy gathers a group of her closest friends and sets off to find what's on the other side.

They discover another world – Perfection – a town where more conventional dolls are trained in protocols before they graduate and are sent to the "real" world to find the love of a child. In Perfection, Moxy and her crew are subject to the manipulations of Lou (Nick Jonas), the perfect doll in charge of training recruits. Here, the UglyDolls will confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don't have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.

Beloved by children, teenagers and adults alike, UglyDoll characters are distinct for their endearing "Uglyness," in a wonderful "Uglyverse" where differences are celebrated and embraced.

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Abominable (U)

Director: Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman
Starring: Chloe Bennet, Claudia Kim, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai
Duration: 97 min 

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio's co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 3,000-mile journey from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When a mischievous group of friends encounter a young Yeti, they embark upon an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

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The Ritzy, Brixton – third Sunday of each month at 11am

East Dulwich Picturehouse – third Sunday of each month at 10am

Greenwich Picturehouse – third Sunday of each month at 10am

Stratford East Picturehouse – third Sunday of each month at 12pm

Hackney Picturehouse – third Sunday of each month at 11am

Crouch End Picturehouse – third Sunday of each month at 10am

Clapham Picturehouse – third Sunday of each month at 11am

West Norwood - third Sunday of each month at 11am


The Duke of York's, Brighton – third Sunday of each month at 10am

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge – third Sunday of each month at 11am

Exeter Picturehouse –  third Sunday of each month at 11am

The Regal, Henley – third Sunday of each month at 11am

Ashford, Kent - third Sunday of each month at 11am

Cinema City, Norwich – third Sunday of each month at 10:30am

Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford – third Sunday of each month at 11am

Harbour Lights, Southampton – third Sunday of each month at 10:30am

Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse – third Sunday of each month at 11am

City Screen, York – second Sunday of each month at 11:15am

Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool – every Sunday at 11:30am

Little Theatre Cinema, Bath –  Autism Friendly screenings only in school holidays – check listings for details