Cineplex Entertainment in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada is delighted to present Sensory Friendly Screenings. This program provides a sensory friendly environment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder or anyone for whom the environment is suitable and their families to view new release films in theatres across the country.
These screenings are presented in a lights up, sound down environment. These screenings will take place approximately every 4-6 weeks on Saturday mornings at 10:30AM. Ticket price is the child admission price for any guests attending these screenings.
Please note as of April 1, Sensory Friendly Screens have now moved from Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas (2214 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario) to Cineplex Odeon Barrhaven Cinemas (131 Riocan Avenue, Barrhaven, Ontario)
Tickets will be available the Tuesday prior to the screening date.
Why aren’t Sensory Friendly Screenings available at all locations?
This is a new program, so we’ve opened our first shows in a limited number of locations. We want to make sure we have the offer right before opening additional sites. If the program does as well as we expect, we plan to add a number of additional locations in future phases.
Will Sensory Friendly Screenings come to my local Cineplex theatre?
Cineplex and Autism Speaks will work together to determine which locations will host the program. If you would like to see sensory friendly screenings in your community, please let us know by contacting Guest Services (1-800-333-0061).
Why has Cineplex focused just on autism? What about people with other disabilities, who also have special needs?
While the program was developed in concert with Autism Speaks, these screenings are open to anyone for whom the environment is suitable. For example, children with other neurodevelopmental disorders. The goal of this program was to create a welcoming and lower-sensory environment – one we expect will have appeal to families dealing with a broad range of disorders and disabilities.
Can I still use my Access 2 Entertainment card?
Yes, absolutely! You can use your Access 2 Entertainment card for Sensory Friendly Screenings in the same way you would for any of our other films. Please see the Access 2 Entertainment guide for any restrictions or questions that you may have: http://www.cineplex.com/Theatres/Access2Entertainment.
Will all films selected for screenings be kids movies?
We’re trying to ensure that we provide a broad selection of films for people of all ages that have sensory sensitivity. While the majority of selections will be family focused, we’re making a conscious effort to provide films that will be geared toward teens and young adults as well.
Will people with dietary restrictions be allowed to bring their own food?
We understand that there are a lot of special dietary needs within the autism community. If you or your child has a strict meal plan, we’re more than happy to accommodate and allow outside food where required. Our concession stands will also be operational during these screenings, and we’re making sure to have items like juice, water and other diet-friendly options available.