Dementia Friendly Screenings

What are Dementia Friendly Screenings?

Dementia friendly screenings are a relatively new but growing area of activity for UK cinema operators. 

Dementia Friendly Screenings are open to all, but aim to make cinema more accessible for those with Alzheimer's or other dementia related conditions, with specially adapted screenings to provide a welcoming, safe, relaxed, and friendly environment

Similar to the environment of autism friendly screenings, the cinema tries to adapt the environment for the needs of dementia customers with adjusted lights and volume, freedom to move and make noise, or even sing. There is usually clearer signposting to the screen and the toilets, to make it easier to navigate the cinema.

Screenings are relaxed, no trailers, sometimes have intervals, reduced occupancy and often have a socialising element at the end of screenings such as teas and coffees, giving people the chance to meet and socialise with others,

How to Find Dementia Friendly Cinemas & Showtimes

Dementia friendly showtimes are typically labeled as Dementia Friendly Cinema, Dementia Friendly Screenings, or Memory Cinema.

These are usually a daytime screening, toward the beginning of each month, and will sometimes have a reduced ticket price. 

To find out more about what dementia friendly offerings your local cinema has, use our cinema information tool

More Information:

There is no cure for dementia. In 2015 it was estimated that there were 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. By 2051 it is estimated this will rise significantly to over 2 million. To find out more about Dementia and Dementia Friendly cinemas visit the Alzheimer’s Society