JOIN OUR AUTISM-FRIENDLY FILM CLUB
AT THE HARLEQUIN THEATRE IN REDHILL
The idea behind the film club is to provide a safe, welcoming and most importantly FUN autism-friendly environment where autism families can come and do something they enjoy.
The Harlequin Film Club runs at the Harlequin Theatre & Cinema in Redhill approximately once or twice a month.
Everyone is welcome, whatever their age or ability, and we really look forward to seeing lots of people there every time. As long as you have at least one autistic member in your group, you’ll be eligible for free tickets once you’ve joined.
How do I Join the Club?
You can join the club by VISITING THE HARLEQUIN BOX OFFICE AND SIGNING UP.
It’s very important that you mention you’d like to join the AUTISM ALL STARS FILM CLUB as we have our own separate account with them.
They’ll issue you with a photo ID card which means you’ll then be eligible for up to FOUR FREE TICKETS per performance, at least one of which must be for an autistic child or adult.
Once you’ve got your card, you can book your first lot of tickets while you’re there, then after that you just need to phone the box office when you find a film you’d like to see, tell them your ID number, and they’ll book the seats for you over the phone.
Seating isn’t allocated at a relaxed performance, but it’s a good idea to press the ‘Book Now’ button on the trailer page to see if there are enough tickets available for your needs before you phone the box office – their number is 01737 276 500.
They’ll take your details including your email address and send it across to me, so I can let you know in advance about future autism-friendly screenings.
Meanwhile, here are the answers to some of the other questions we’re asked most frequently…
Where is the Harlequin Theatre?
The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema is easily found in the centre of Redhill town centre. Full details of how to find it are given here: http://www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/your-visit/getting-here/
What is an Autism Friendly Screening?
At a Harlequin autism-friendly screening there are no adverts or trailers;
the lights are kept higher and the volume is kept lower. You can bring your own food, make a noise and move around the cinema freely within reason during the film. There is no allocated seating and for every autistic person who comes along, one parent or carer can get in absolutely free by completing the Essential Companion Scheme form which can be found here: http://www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/your-visit/accessibility/ or completed at the box office.
What are the Guidelines for the Club?
- Children & vulnerable adults attending the club must be supervised by their designated carer at all times
- Audience members are not permitted to touch the cinema screen at any time
- The Harlequin has a fully equipped sensory area available to all club members, which we donated to them several years ago. It includes a black-out sensory den, various toys and fidgets, colouring pages and lots more, all of which are free to use, and extremely useful for autistic people who are becoming overwhelmed and need a sensory break.