Autism Friendly FilmsChildren’s films Pete’s Dragon, Trolls and Kubo and the Two Strings are among the Autism Friendly Films line-up for October, it has been announced.

Selected Cineworld cinemas will show Pete’s Dragon on Sunday October 2 at 11am.

On the following Sunday, Showcase cinemas will play Kubo and the Two Strings, starting at 10am.

Meanwhile, Trolls will be shown at selected ODEON cinemas on Sunday October 30 at 11:30am. There will also be a screening of a film for older audiences at 9 ODEON cinemas on the following day at 6pm, but which film has yet to be confirmed. Parents, guardians and carers are urged to check the Dimensions and ODEON websites for updates.

Finally, Ice Age: Collision Course will be shown at selected Vue cinemas on Sunday, October 30 at 10:15am. Note that this is a new starting time for Vue cinemas.

In Pete’s Dragon, a young boy – the eponymous Pete – is found living in the forest, and has apparently been living there for 6 years. When he is taken in by park ranger Grace, she asks how he survived. Pete says he had a friend called Elliot, and when he draws him, it turns out to be a dragon. Grace takes Pete back to the forest and he shows where they lived. But a man also sees the dragon and, when people don’t believe him, sets out to capture the dragon to prove his story. 

Trolls is the latest film from DreamWorks and based on the dolls of the same name. In the film, a grumpy troll named Branch goes on a quest with giddy Poppy to save Troll Town from the Bergens. 

Meanwhile, Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of Kubo, whose quiet life is shattered when a spirit from the past reignites an ancient vendetta, meaning he is chased by gods and monsters. To survive, Kubo must find a magical suit of armour that once belonged to his late father, who was a legendary Samurai warrior.

Finally, Ice Age: Collision Course is the latest instalment in the franchise and sees Scrat – still in pursuit of the acorn – get catapulted outside of Earth and accidentally set of a chain of cosmic events that threaten the planet. As a result, Manny, Diego, Sid and the rest of the herd have to leave their home to save themselves from peril, and end up going on an adventure to new lands and meeting new characters.

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.