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Inclusive Sensory Friendly Cinema Weekends

Returning for a New season in 2025

Weekends of inclusive, interactive and immersive cinema screenings for all the family to enjoy together.

In collaboration with The Depot Cinema  Different we create new innovative Sensory Friendly Cinema to Depot, Lewes.

Introduction

Our season of events are beautifully curated programme of films and animations delivered in an innovative experiential way, SEND inclusive, immersive, interactive, and fun! Packed full of music, theatre  and play and complemented by inclusive support structures to enable the whole family to enjoy these theatrical cinema events together. 

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Experience films uniquely

For one weekend every season in 2023, we will watch and experience films in a unique new way, with specialist performers bringing stories to life through sensory moments, live music, activities, movement and play!

“Cinema has no boundary, it is a ribbon of dream”

Orson Welles

Sensory Friendly Cinema explores and embraces how we all see the world in different ways.
Think secret cinema meets autism-friendly relaxed cinema meets sensory cinema… a cinematic event for the whole family. So get your creature costumes on, and come and sing, dance and make some noise with us!

What will happen

When you arrive at Depot you and your families and carers will be welcomed by our friendly team of performers in the foyer and given a bag of interactive sensory surprises. You will be shown around the space and have time to get used to the environment. You will meet our team who will greet you with music, puppetry and a playful welcome. We will then settle into our screening room and get comfy, ready for the screening. There will be lots of music, interaction and sensory activities and all performances will be tailored to the needs of the audience.

The films and animations

In our carefully selected programs of epic, funny and heartwarming acclaimed films and animations, you and your family and caregivers become part of the adventures as we explore each of the films through sensory moments, bringing the stories to life with puppets, live music, props and special effects by Different Planet Arts’ team of specialist facilitators, performers and musicians. The audience becomes part of the adventures the films unfold around them within the auditorium.  

Age range

The films are particularly suitable for 5 -11 year olds, but will be immensely enjoyed by all age groups. Feel free to get in touch and ask us about suitability. 

Depot Cinema

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Audiences are limited to 30 people, in Depot’s spacious cinema, so there’s lots of room to move around and get up for a wander. Alongside the DPA team, Depot staff will be on hand to help. The lighting and sound will be adjusted and Depot has an easy-going attitude to comings and goings and making noise, if people need to move around, be vocal or take a break from the screening. Entrances and exits will be monitored by Depot staff who regularly host relaxed cinema events. lewesdepot.org

Break out space

All screenings have a designated break out space, just to chill. This will be next to the Cinema in Roberts Bar (closed for the event) and the team will be on hand to show you where it is, should you need it.

Food

Depot has a lovely restaurant for food which you can book here or feel free to bring a snack with you.

Toilets

There are two accessible toilets at the venue. Please note these are large toilets, each with a child changing table suitable for weights up to 23kg. There is no hoist at this facility.

Getting there

The venue is next to Lewes train station and has accessible parking close by in Pinwell Road, as well as two disability parking bays right in front of the venue. lewesdepot.org/visit/travel