I saw that one of our local cinemas was hosting what they called an Autism-Friendly screening of Tarzan this morning.
I signed us up.
This is what I noticed.
Auditorium lighting same as a typical screening.
No adverts and trailers before the film.
No adverts are good. A typical screening has too many sudden bursts of loud music for rubbish products.
No trailers are not that good, as both The Boy Child and I like to see what is coming out in the near future.
No discernible difference in volume of feature film.
The best bits?
An auditorium for a hundred or more had approximately a dozen people in it.
No-one minded when children called out, gave a running commentary or bounced in their seat.
No-one said, "be quiet!", "do you have to?" or "sit down!".
Would we go to an AF screening again?
Was it a better experience for The Boy Child?
I would say yes, but I don't think he noticed.
Was it a better experience for me?
Yes, without doubt.
And I'm now looking into West End shows that offer AF performances. The Lion King and War Horse are on my list.