Cinema access and concessions

Most cinemas, especially modern multi-screen types, provide good facilities for people with disabilities. Information about these facilities are usually found on the cinema's website.

The Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) Card

The CEA Card is a UK-wide scheme for people with disabilities. It's one way for cinemas who take part to make sure they make reasonable adjustments for you when you go to the cinema - in includes a free ticket for someone to go with you.

You can find more, including which local cinemas take part in the scheme, and apply online on the CEA Card website. Cards cost £6 and are valid for one year.

Even if a cinema is not taking part in the scheme, it is worth asking whether they offer reduced or free admission to your carer or assistant.

Hearing and sight loss

Every week, many cinemas screen the latest films with English-language subtitles for people with hearing loss. They also offer audio described screenings where the action, scene changes and the actors' body language is described as well as the dialogue. 

Your Local has listings of subtitled or audio-described screenings in local cinemas.

Physically or mobility-impaired customers

​If you are a wheelchair user or have restricted mobility, contact the cinema before you go to check its facilities. Cinemas must provide an area for wheelchair users.

If you will need a wheelchair once you arrive at the cinema, contact the cinema beforehand. 

Assistance dogs

If you have an assistance dog, book your ticket and let the cinema know beforehand so they can allocate the most suitable seating for you.

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