Special autism screening at Kettering cinema

Samuel Bentley with Danni, one of his teachers from Kingsley Primary School, Northampton
Samuel Bentley with Danni, one of his teachers from Kingsley Primary School, Northampton
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The Odeon cinema in Kettering has put on a special screening for an autistic boy and his classmates.

Samuel Bentley, pictured above with Danni, one of his teachers at Kingsley Primary School in Northampton, and his friends went along to the Pegasus Court cinema to see animated movie Home after Samuel’s grandmother told the cinema’s manager her grandson had not felt comfortable attending one of Odeon’s regular autism-friendly screenings.

The film’s makers 20th Century Fox also donated a Home goody bag for each of the children.

General manager at the Odeon Kenny Simmons said: “We were more than happy to help out with Samuel and his class and understand how a trip to the cinema can be quite daunting.

“By running a show for the school we were able to let the class watch the film in a comfortable setting with familiar faces.

“Just like our autism-friendly shows, this show played with the lights up and the sound lowered throughout.

Hopefully, Samuel will be able to come back to the cinema to one of our autism-friendly performances that we play regularly on Sunday mornings.”

Autism-friendly films coming up at the Odeon include Minions 2 at 11.30am on Sunday, June 28, Inside Out at 11.30am on Sunday, July 26, and Pixels at 11.30am on Sunday, August 16.