Support for children aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Accessibility at cinemas and theatres

Subtitled shows

Some cinemas have captioned or subtitled shows. Contact your local cinema or visit to find out more.   

CEA Card

The CEA Card is a national scheme. The scheme allows disabled cinema guests to get a free ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

Cineworld at Tower Park and The Odeon in Bournemouth are both scheme members.

To apply, the person requiring assistance must be 8 years of age or older plus meet one further criteria. Visit the CEA Card website to find out:

  • if you are eligible
  • where you can use the card
  • how to apply for a card
Autism friendly screenings

Many cinemas offer autism friendly screenings. Visit the Dimensions website for further details.


Local venue accessibility

To find out if a venue or activity is accessible:

  • visit the venue or activity website - you may need to check their FAQs
  • call the venue
  • visit the venue

Discuss your needs with a member of staff at the venue in advance to see if they can make special arrangements.

AccessAble is a useful website containing detailed access information about a range of venues.

Accessibility information for Odeon – Bournemouth BH2


Accessibility information for the Regent Centre (Christchurch)


Accessibility information for Cineworld Poole


Accessibility information for the Lighthouse (Poole)