A DORSET cinema is on a mission to celebrate and support World Autism Awareness Day.

The Cinema Exhibitors Association is inviting members to put on and promote Autism Friendly Screenings in our local communities all over the country between April 2 and 8. World Autism Awareness Day 2014 takes place on Wednesday, April 2. To date more than 600 screenings have been confirmed and The Rex Cinema in Wareham is getting involved. The Dorset venue will host an autism friendly screening of RIO 2 on Saturday, April 5 at 10.30am, courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Autusm Friendly Screenings (AFS) are becoming more popular in cinemas and guidance is given to exhibitors through the CEA Learning Disability and Autism Working Group.

The lights will be on low, the volume will be turned down, there will be no trailers at the beginning of the film, those needing to will be able to take their own food and drink along, and people will be able to move around the cinema and make a bit of noise.

Rex chairman David Evans said: “We endeavour to make film accessible to everyone, and as a community cinema feel we are very well placed to do this with support from such initiatives.”

Tickets are £6.50 for adults and £5 for children/concessions and carers will be admitted free of charge. Get tickets from 01929 554906 or via email at therex@xlninternet.co.uk