Autism Friendly FilmsAnimated family films The Secret Life of Pets and Zootropolis are to be July’s Autism Friendly Films, service provider Dimensions has announced.

The Secret Life of Pets will be shown at selected Cineworld cinemas on Sunday, July 3 at 11am. On the following Sunday, selected Showcase cinemas on will screen the film, starting at 10am. On July 17, selected ODEON cinemas will also show The Secret Life of Pets, starting at 11:30am.

On the following day, 9 ODEON cinemas will show a film for older audiences: Now You See Me 2 (12) at 6pm. 

Zootropolis will be shown at selected Vue cinemas on Sunday, July 31 at 10am.

In The Secret Life of Pets, Max, a terrier who lives with his owner, Katie, in a Manhattan apartment building has his life turned upside down when she brings home another dog, Duke. Initially the pair don’t like each other, but they are forced to put aside their differences when, lost in New York, they encounter a cute white rabbit named Snowball – who is intent on overthrowing the human race. Meanwhile, Max’s friends from the apartment building set out to find their lost friend. Will Max and Duke stop Snowball and get home?

The eponymous Zootropolis is a city populated by mammals great and small. The story centres on Judy Hopps, the first rabbit to join the police force. Determined to prove herself as a cop, Judy jumps at an opportunity to solve a mysterious case, but to do this she must team up with a wily fox named Nick Wilde, which makes her job even harder.

Finally, Now You See Me 2 picks up the story of magicians The Four Horsemen one year after the previous film. This time, they are trying to expose a tech magnate’s unethical practices. But the man behind their act is Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off another seemingly impossible heist. But can the Horseman perform one last major stunt to clear their own names and reveal who was really behind it all?

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.