UK Cinema Association - The CEA Card

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed by the UK Cinema Association for UK cinemas.

The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they provide a consistent voluntary approach to making reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema. Around 90 per cent of UK cinemas are supporting the scheme from the large national chains to smaller independent operators.

Under the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010, cinema operators have obligations to make reasonable adjustments in order to facilitate disabled people going to the cinema. For disabled people, this may mean a carer might be needed to assist them.

What does the CEA Card entitle me to?

The CEA Card entitles you to ONE free ticket for someone to accompany you to the cinema to provide the help you may need during your visit. To get the free ticket, you will need to purchase a full price ticket for yourself for the same performance of the same film in the same auditorium.

The free ticket is provided on the assumption that the person who accompanies you can provide you with appropriate help, this might include:

  • helping you move around the cinema including finding and taking a seat;
  • helping you leave the cinema in the event of an emergency;
  • accompanying and/or helping you use the cinema’s toilets;
  • helping you buy refreshments.

The CEA Card is administered and run by The Card Network. For further information on the scheme, go to the CEA Card website.

To apply for the Card, you will need to meet one or both of the following criteria:

  1. Be in receipt of the disability living allowance, attendance allowance or Personal Independence Payment;
  2. Be a registered blind person.

There is an administration charge of £6.00 for the Card, which lasts for one year.



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£6 Administration Fee