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These relaxed screenings are designed to be a more enjoyable experience for learning-disabled people, people with autism and people with sensory or neurological conditions.

The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, Ariel is a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. Longing to find out more about the world beyond the sea, Ariel visits the surface and falls for the dashing Prince Eric. Following her heart, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to experience life on land.


Rob Marshall


Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Alexander, Simone Ashley, Daveed Diggs, Javier Bardem

Family screenings at ARC are supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.

  • BBFC Ratings Info (May Contain Spoilers)


    There is a brief scuffle between two women when one tries to grab a necklace from another’s neck.

    Threat and horror

    A sea witch transforms into a large figure that attacks a mermaid and a man with her large tentacles. The scene is a little scary and intense, but it’s not too long and ends reassuringly. A shark attacks a mermaid. Other scenes of threat include those in which sailors are threatened at sea and also a very brief ‘jump scare’ when a mermaid enters a sea witch’s lair.


    There are references to kissing and romance.

    Injury detail

    A man is seen with a small cut on his forehead after surviving a storm at sea. There is a very brief glimpse of blood when a mermaid’s tail is pierced with a trident.

    Alcohol and tobacco

    Sailors are seen drinking while partying on their ship.

  • Information about relaxed performances and screenings

    We offer a number of daytime family theatre performances and cinema screenings designed to make trips to ARC a more relaxed experience for learning disabled people, people with autism and people with sensory or neurological conditions

    Relaxed performances have a number of distinguishing features:

    Lower volume levels

    No foyer music

    Consistent lighting with auditorium lights on throughout

    There is a relaxed attitude to noise and moving around the auditorium

    You can reserve extra seats if you need space to be comfortable

    If you prefer not to queue please let us know when booking

    We can provide a chill out space should you need a break.

  • Seating Accessibility Information


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.