Making arts organisations dementia friendly

2. Dementia Friendly Screenings: A guide for cinemas

People affected by dementia often have to give up the things they love due to inaccessible and unsupportive environments. This includes visiting a cinema. 

Cinemas have an important part to play in tackling the social and economic impact of dementia, by allowing people living with dementia to continue to participate in entertainment. Our new cinema guide is designed to help cinemas improve their accessibility and become more dementia-friendly.

People at dementia friendly cinema screening

Why are dementia-friendly screenings important?

People living with dementia should be able to live the life they want to lead in their communities, irrespective of their condition. This will only be achieved with greater awareness, understanding, and support for those impacted by dementia. 

Becoming a dementia-friendly organisation means providing the opportunities to help every person with dementia continue to do the things they want to do.

Cinemas are central to this aim.

For many people, cinemas are a significant and constant feature in life. From your first family trip to the big screen to seeing the latest blockbusters with friends as a teenager, film is an immersive experience which can leave a profound and lasting impact on an individual. It can promote activity and stimulation of the mind; be an important tool for reminiscence, and is often associated with relaxation, engagement and, above all, enjoyment.

By developing an understanding of dementia, cinemas can make a huge difference to people living with dementia.

How can you become a dementia-friendly cinema?

This guide, created in partnership with the UK Cinema Association and the British Film Institute's Film Audience Network, gives best practice advice on how to run dementia-friendly screenings and shares successful case studies. It aims to spread awareness of dementia-friendly screenings and encourages cinemas of all sizes to get involved.

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