Introducing autism and dementia-friendly screenings at Showroom Cinema

Showroom Cinema is introducing new autism-friendly, relaxed screenings along with dementia-friendly screenings in 2024.

The autism-friendly screenings will take place each Saturday following our current weekly programme of relaxed family-friendly films. Our programmes of relaxed screenings have no adverts or trailers and offer unallocated seating, space to move around, and reduced sound volume and low lighting throughout the film.

The new relaxed screenings will showcase the biggest films of the week, including many of the latest new releases. In January, the relaxed screenings will consist of One Life, Poor Things, The Holdovers, and All of Us Strangers.

One Life is the heartwarming true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton (Anthony Hopkins), a young London broker who helped rescue 669 children from the Nazis in the months leading up to World War II. Poor Things, from Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), follows the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), a young woman brought back to life by a brilliant and unorthodox scientist.

In Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers, the students at a New England prep school excitedly depart for the winter holidays, a ragtag bunch with nowhere to go are forced to stay behind with their teacher (Paul Giamatti). Andrew Haigh’s beautiful All of Us Strangers follows Adam (Andrew Scott), a screenwriter who strikes up an uneasy yet intimate acquaintance with his mysterious neighbour Harry (Paul Mescal).

Launching in January, Showroom’s dementia-friendly strand begins with one of the greatest films ever made, Casablanca. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

In February, we will follow up Casablanca with the adaptation of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

Showroom Cinema is proud to be a recognised dementia-friendly organisation in association with The Alzheimer’s Society, offering a monthly dementia-friendly screening on the last Tuesday of each month. Tickets are £5 for dementia-friendly screenings, and we offer free carer tickets as part of the CEA card scheme.

Find out more about accessibility at Showroom Cinema browse our film listings.


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