How to apply a CEA (Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card) card in UK?

What is a CEA card?

The CEA Card is a national card scheme designed by the UK Cinema Association for cinemas in the United Kingdom. (UKCA)

It was designed and structured in 2004 as a mechanism for participating cinemas to ensure that they provide a consistent voluntary approach to making reasonable changes for disabled patrons when they visit the theatre.

Almost 90% of all big national chains to smaller independent operators UK theatres support the initiative. The Card Network manages and administers the CEA Card.

Who is eligible to apply?

1. Must be at least 16 years old.
2. If the applicant is between the ages of 8 and 16, the application must be completed on their behalf by a parent or guardian. Please check here.

Universal Credit, ESA, or the possession of a Blue Badge as proof of eligibility are not acceptable.

Procedure to apply CEA card

CEA Card is available to applicants aged 8 years and above.

To apply for the card, you need the below documents:

  1. Proof of eligibility (mentioned above)
  2. a Photo.
  3. Payment of £6.00

CEA cards can be applied online or by post. Click here.


  1. Visit here to apply online
  2. Enter the required details
  3. You can upload the documents, photo online
  4. Make the payment of £6.00

By post:

  1. Download the CEA application form here
  2. Fill the required details to complete the application form
  3. Along with the form, enclose the ID photograph, supporting documents, a cheque or postal order for £6.00 made payable to CEA Card.
  4. Send by post to: CEA Card, PO Box 199, Deeside CH5 9BW.

Required details:

  • Card holder name, contact address, number, email

How to renew the CEA card?

If you want to renew your CEA Card, you’ll need your previous card number.

Benefits of CEA card?

1. The CEA Card entitles you to ONE complimentary ticket for a companion to accompany you to the theatre and assist you as needed. You must purchase a full-price ticket for yourself for the same performance of the same film in the same auditorium to receive the complimentary ticket.

2. The free ticket is given on the condition that the person accompanying you can offer you enough support, which could 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.

Who can use a CEA card?

  1. It displays a current and accurate photograph of the Cardholder and all other information on the Card at the time of issue.
  2. The Card is non-transferable and can only be used by the Cardholder.

List of cinemas accepting the CEA card

1. Arc Cinema
2. Cineworld Cinemas
3. Curzon Cinemas
4. Empire Cinemas
5. Everyman Cinema
6. Hollywood Cinema
7. Merlin Cinemas
8. Movie House Cinemas
9. Odeon Cinemas
10. Parkway Cinema
11. Picturehouse Cinemas
12. Reel Cinemas
13. Savoy Cinemas
14. Scott Cinemas
15. Showcase Cinemas
16. SSCV Cinemas
17. Vue Entertainment
18. West Coast Cinemas
19. WTW Cinemas

What is the CEA Card Fee/Charge?

The £6.00 fee covers a variety of costs associated with running the scheme, including website maintenance, application processing, and Card production.

What is the Processing time for the CEA Card?

After receiving payment of the Card, it may take up to 5 working days to process it.

What is the Validity of the CEA Card?

The Card is valid for one year after it is issued. On the Card, the date is displayed.

What Documents are required to apply for the CEA card?

The person in need of help must be at least 8 years old and receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

Or hold

  • Severely Sight Impaired Registration (formerly Registered Blind)
  • Sight Impaired Registration (formerly Partially Sighted)

Email or upload the DWP awarding letter or a statement verifying receipt of the allowance for the applicant dated within the last 12 months when applying for a Card.
Either provide or upload certification for the person seeking help if you are Severely Sight Impaired or Sight Impaired.
In case if you don’t fulfill the above conditions but believe you still need someone to accompany you to the movies because of your impairment.

Who should I contact if in need help?

Address: CEA Card, PO Box 199, Deeside. CH5 9BW.

Telephone: 01244 526 016

Textphone: 18001 01244 526 016

These phone numbers connect to our UK Call Centre. Calls are charged at standard UK Landline rates.

Office Hours: 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays.

Email CEA using the website contact form or at


How to report the lost or damaged CEA card?

If your Card is lost, stolen, or destroyed, you must request a replacement and submit your eligibility documents and payment again.

How to apply for a CEA (Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card) card for Child in the UK?

  1. You must apply for a CEA card on your child’s behalf if he or she is between the ages of 8 and 16.
  2. Despite the fact that you are applying for them, they will be the cardholder because they are the one who requires care.
  3. Their name will appear on the card. To apply on their behalf, you must have parental responsibility — that is, you must be their parent, nominated guardian, or legally represent them as such.
  4. Please select ‘I am completing on behalf of the person seeking assistance’ while applying online. We’ll start by asking for your personal information, such as your postcode (which we’ll need for verification) and your relationship with the child.
  5. You will fill in the child’s information (the cardholder).
  6. Please ensure that you upload or send proof of eligibility in the child’s name, not your own. If your child is receiving Personal Independent Payment and you are receiving Carer’s Allowance, we will need to examine the child’s Personal Independent Payment document.

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