Going to the cinema is a common leisure activity, where we get to forget about the world and immerse ourselves in stories told in flashy lights and explosive sounds. Yet for some people this experience can be overwhelming, so they can’t enjoy a movie night out. That’s because they have sensory sensitivity, which means they are hypersensitive to external stimuli like smells, sounds, lights, textures, or tastes. It’s an issue often associated with autism, but people with other disorders/disabilities or even typically developed could have it.
Filmcasino in Vienna is the only cinema in Austria which offers sensory-friendly screenings. The project „Filmcasino für Alle“, in cooperation with Autism in Vienna: Beacon Beach House, was launched in July 2017 with the aim of allowing people with sensory issues to watch films in a comfortable atmosphere: dimmed lights (instead of complete darkness) and lower volume. The cinema has also an audio induction loop and is barrier-free. You can get drinks and snacks or chat before/after the film at the CineBar. The screenings are open to anyone, children and adults alike. I think it’s worth going even if you don’t have sensory problems, so that you get a break from the daily information-/sensory-overload and empathize with people with this issue.
The next screenings are two films by Hayao Miyazaki: Ponyo (9.9.17 at 14:00) and Kiki’s Delivery Service (14.10.17 at 14:00), dubbed in German. The ticket costs 6 € for children under 18 years old, 8 € for adults.
Sit back and enjoy!