HARLEQUIN FILM CLUB
The Harlequin Film Club runs at the Harlequin Theatre & Cinema in Redhill every Saturday morning.
The idea behind the film club is to provide a safe, welcoming and most importantly FUN autism-friendly environment where families can come and do something they enjoy.
Everyone is welcome, whatever their age or ability, and we really look forward to seeing lots of people there every month.
You can join the club now by filling in the contact form below.
Meanwhile, here are the answers to some of the 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/
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, donated by Autism All Stars (thanks to our amazing supporters). It includes a black-out sensory den, various toys and fidgets, colouring pages and single-use ear plugs which are all available to use free of charge
Any children or vulnerable adults considered to be causing a disturbance will be asked to leave the screening and visit the sensory room until they are able to re-join the performance calmly. This includes running around the theatre, touching the screen, making excessive amounts of noise and harassing other audience members
A relaxed performance is an opportunity for autistic children & vulnerable adults to learn what is expected of them at a theatre or cinema performance. Carers are asked to respect the experience of other audience members and ensure adequate supervision to avoid disruption to the performance
As with all theatre and cinema showings, relaxed performances are not suitable for very young children
How Often Does the Club Run?
The club runs every Saturday morning and club members will be advised of showings in advance via e-mail.
Which Films will be Shown?
All films will be from the current Family Films catalogue being shown at the time. We usually know which films are coming up between one to two weeks in advance, and will let you know as soon as we can. Check the ‘Clubs and Events’ section of the website for more details of upcoming screenings.
How Does the Club Work?
We have TWENTY FREE TICKETS to give away to our members each week – UP TO A MAXIMUM OF FOUR FREE TICKETS PER FAMILY.
When you join the club you’ll be issued with your own membership number and ID card, meaning you can phone and reserve your tickets in advance. Alternatively you can turn up on the day, present your ID card to the box office staff, and if there are any free tickets remaining you’ll be able to claim up to four of them for your group.
Please attend AT LEAST FIFTEEN MINUTES BEFORE THE FILM STARTS to sort your booking out at the Box Office in the foyer.