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The CEA Card (formerly the Cinema Exhibitors Association card) is a national scheme developed by UK cinemas.


The scheme is one of the ways which participating cinemas are able to make attending easier for people with disabilities.


The CEA Card ensures a complimentary ticket for someone (parent / carer) to attend the cinema with a disabled person.


The card is issued to the person with a disability so different carers can attend each cinema visit.


What does the CEA Card entitle me to?


The CEA card will entitle the card holder to ONE FREE ticket for the person accompanying them (parent / carer) when visiting the cinema. 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.  



Who can apply for a card?


People who receive one of the following benefits are eligible:


        > Disability Living Allowance (DLA);

        > Attendance Allowance (AA);

        > Blind Persons Registration;

        > Personal Independence Payment (PIP); and

        > Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).


Only children 8 and over can get a CEA card as children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult when attending the cinema.



What information is on a CEA card?


       > a photograph of the cardholder;

        > the name of the cardholder;

        > the card expiry date;

        > a unique card number which allows the card to be validated, for example,

           when pre-booking tickets or at the box office;

        > a location notch to aid use by blind or partially sighted Cardholders

        > a reflective holofoil CEA emblem.



How long is a CEA crad valid?


CEA cards are valid for 1 year from the date issued.



Why is there a £6.00 fee to pay?


The £6.00 fee covers a number of costs in running the scheme, such as maintaining the website, processing applications and producing the Card.



How do I apply for a CEA Card?


You can apply online by visiting: 



You can also pick up application forms from your local cinema



What proof of eligibility is needed to support the application?


To prove eligibility you will need to provide one of the following:


        > Disability Living Allowance

        > Attendance Allowance

        > Personal Independence Payment

        > Armed Forces Independence Paymen



A copy of the awarding letter from DWP or statement confirming receipt of the allowance for the person named on the application.





All information from the CEA Card official website:




About the CEA Card

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For details about the CEA card please visit the CEA Card website:



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