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Kung Fu Panda 3, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Divergent: Allegiant among March’s Autism Friendly Films

Animated blockbuster Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as children’s favourites Alvin and the Chipmunks and Snoopy and Charlie Brown are among March’s Autism Friendly Films line-up, service provider Dimensions has announced.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip will be shown at selected Cineworld cinemas on Sunday, March 6 at 11am.

Kung Fu Panda 3 will be screened at selected Showcase and ODEON cinemas on Sunday, March 13 starting at 10am an 11.30am respectively.

On the following day, 9 selected ODEON cinemas will show Divergent: Allegiant (12) as part of its ongoing trial of screening films for older audiences, starting at 6pm.

Finally, Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie will be screened at selected Vue cinemas on Sunday, March 27 at 10am.

Kung Fu Panda 3 resumes the story of Po the panda. In this instalment, Po’s long-lost father reappears, and together they travel to a secret panda paradise. But then supernatural villain Kai starts to sweep across China, defeating all kung fu masters before him, so to try and stop him, Po has to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy fellow pandas to all become Kung Fu Pandas.

In the latest in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, Road Chip sees Alvin and his brothers, Simon and Theodore, come to wrongly believe that Dave is about to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami –and dump them. They have 3 days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

Divergent: Allegiant is the second in the Divergent series, based on the books by Veronica Roth. This time, Tris and Four escape beyond the wall enclosing Chicago, in order to find a peaceful solution to their embroiled city. Once outside, they discover new truths that render old discoveries meaningless. Tris and Four have to quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity.

Finally, in Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, the beloved comic strip is given a big-screen makeover with 3D animation. But the plot will be familiar to all those who know the strip – perennial underdog Charlie Brown embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. The rest of the Peanuts gang – Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty et al – are on hand to help and hinder.

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.

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

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