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(UK) Harwich: Local theater gets $12.4K to show "autism friendly screenings"

June 1 2023, Clacton Gazette: Historic cinema given £10k for dementia and autism friendly screenings

SE England

HARWICH’S historic Electric Palace cinema has been awarded £10,000 [$12.4K] to continue dementia and autism friendly screenings.

Since reopening just over a year ago, following a major refurbishment, the Grade II* listed cinema has been offering the programme alongside its general screenings….

During the film, the house lights are raised slightly and the sound level is slightly lower than normal.

The autism friendly screenings provide a chance to watch a film at the cinema in a relaxed and inclusive environment while adjustments are made to reduce over-stimulation and create a friendly atmosphere.

The programme will continue after the cinema was awarded £8,800 by Essex Community Foundation for an education and community engagement officer to continue the work for two days a week for the next year….

An additional grant of £1,900 from Harwich Town Council will make it possible to offer free tickets to those who would benefit from the screenings.

Harwich town councillor Ivan Henderson said: “The town council was pleased to be able to support this initiative….

Michael Offord, the Electric Palace’s operations manager, said: “We strongly believe that everyone should be able to engage with heritage and to enjoy a trip to the cinema.


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