CEA Cinema Card
The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema. The Card is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests.
To apply, the person requiring assistance must be 8 years of age or older and be in receipt of one of the following:
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Attendance Allowance (AA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
- Severely Sight Impaired Registration (formerly Registered Blind)
- Sight Impaired Registration (formerly Partially Sighted)
We applied for the card for our 8 year old son as we felt he was now more able to access mainstream cinema sessions, but we still were not sure whether he would be able to sit through the whole show. Previously we would always go to the Saturday/Sunday junior shows which are much cheaper and do not have all the adverts.
When I applied it took about 5 minutes maximum to complete the application. Things you need when applying:
- Proof of the eligible ID (I took a photo of this on my phone)
- A photo of the individual who you are getting the card for
- Payment of £6.00
The CEA Card is valid for one year from the date of issue. You can pay for your card online or by post. It took about 3/4 working days for the card to arrive, which I thought was pretty amazing.
Approximately 90% of cinemas in the UK accept the CEA Card, you can search for your local participating cinema using the link above.
Many cinemas are now showing monthly “autism friendly”/quiet sessions within their cinema timetable. I would definitely have a look and see what is on.