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Despicable Me 2 and Sammy’s Great Escape to be next Autism Friendly Films

Despicable Me 2Animated sequels Despicable Me 2 and Sammy’s Great Escape are to be the next Autism Friendly Films, to be shown at ODEON, Cineworld and – for the first time – Vue cinemas in the coming month.

Despicable Me 2 will be shown at more than 90 ODEON cinemas on Sunday, June 30 at 11.30am. The film will also be shown on Sunday, July 7 at 11am at 53 Cineworld cinemas.

Meanwhile, Sammy’s Great Escape will be shown at 78 Vue cinemas on Sunday, June 30 at 10am. It will only cost children £1.75 – Vue’s regular Kids AM price – to get in to see this because it is an older film.

In family comedy Despicable Me 2, Gru – the former villain now enjoying life as a father to his three adopted daughters – is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

Sammy’s Great Escape follows two feisty leatherback turtles from their home ocean to imprisonment in an aquarium and finally to freedom. It is the follow-up to the 2010 film A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s adventures.

Sensory friendly environment

Autism Friendly Screenings are mainstream films shown in a sensory friendly environment. Lights are on low, sound is turned down, trailers are omitted and people can bring their own food, make noise and move around the cinema as they feel comfortable. The scheme is run by service provider Dimensions.

To view a full list of participating cinemas visit www.dimensions-uk.org/autismfriendly.

ODEON tickets can be booked on the Wednesday before the screening through the ODEON accessibility helpline number 0800 138 3315. Or book online.

Vue tickets can be booked online or for information call 08712 240 240.

Cineworld tickets can be booked online or for information call 0871 200 2000.

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