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quoteI know quite a few people who, like me, have become disabled in the prime of their lives. I served in Iraq, came home last year with permanent damage to my hearing. I can still enjoy music, it's just not as clear as it used to be. I find I now read a lot of song lyrics! Never really bothered before. Same with films. I can still enjoy them with a little 'assistance'. In this case, subtitles. I only go to the cinema now if the film is subtitled. Thankfully most are these days.

quoteAm doing this on behalf of my mother. I saw the promo for this at a cinema this weekend and think it's a great idea. She has stopped going to see English language films as, even with hearing aids, she can't really hear them properly (Also because sound levels fluctuate so much in movies that she has to keep on fiddling with aids). Waiting till something comes out in DVD is really not the same. I have written to her local cinema in Putney to stress the importance of this initiative and am signing up to your newsletter so I can keep an eye out for films in her part of SW London and let her know.

quoteAudio described cinema is great because it's made me want to go to the cinema again. It lets me spin a web with Charlotte, jump from a crane with Bond and ride the Hogwarts Express with Harry. It's like someone has finally turned the light on.

quoteSubtitles are a bridge bringing together hearing and deaf families & friends into a world of film and new worlds beyond. And it doesn't stop when the films. Those who have seen can chat about their experiences. For the first time, deaf people have an equal share in this wonderful world of film, through the wardrobe, inside computers with Tron, Up in a balloon, down a canyon, or even wizarding at Hogwarts!

quoteThe cinema is the most accessible and thrilling social experience, where you can go with friends and family alike to watch the best and biggest new films. So why is it that I didn't go to the cinema for the first 19 years of my life?

It was just pointless when I couldn't hear anything the characters said, but thanks to the efforts over the past decade, I've kept up with the cinematic world and socially, culturally and historically my life has become better for it. Some people may write Hollywood off as a bunch of overpaid babies, but having revelled in the beauty of foreign films for years due to subtitles, I can now do the same with brilliant films such as last year's Inception, Toy Story 3 and The Social Network. Thank you for making movies accessible to people like me.

quoteHaving audio description in cinemas allows visually impaired and blind people to enjoy the full experience of going to the cinema. I no longer have to turn to a friend or family member and interrupt their viewing of the film to clarify what's going on.

I can now jump out of my skin while watching Paranormal activity 2 and know why I have done so, I can also hunt for the Horcruckses with Harry, Ron and Hermione and feel the terror of nearly falling into a burning furnace with Woody and the gang.

quoteMy daughter is blind, and without Your Local Cinema, I wouldn't have been able to take her and her friends to Despicable Me for her birthday. They all loved it, and the fact that they were able to enjoy it as well as her but by using different methods is wonderful. Keep up the good work!

quoteI think subtitled cinema is great, When i lost my hearing i thought my social life was over but subtitled cinema has proved me wrong!

quoteAudio description attempts to leave little to the imagination. A carefully selected series of words can evoke lucid mental images. It's the closest many people get to experiencing what the rest of us take for granted.

quoteI first experienced subtitles with TV soaps. It was a wonderful feeling to know what was going on. Then, some time ago, I saw 'Sinatra' captioned at the London Palladium. It was fantastic. My friend and I had wonderful seats and when the singing started I asked her "Why are you crying?" She replied "I now know how wonderful this is for you, 'hearing' the songs". We sang all the way through the whole show.

My first subtitled cinema show was 'Mamma Mia' and I loved it.

I'm now partially sighted with no hearing at all and never thought I'd be able to have wonderful chances to attend my beloved theatres and films. My congratulations to everyone that helped these wonderful things happen.

quoteKeep it up yourlocalcinema! Been deaf since i was 6 and haven't missed a film i've wanted to see since i heard of the website! Absolute lifesaver to me and my deaf friends, things wouldn't be the same without you!

quoteMy Grandad was a big film fan (Dad too) and I grew up with lots of books, magazines etc on films, and cinema in general. But being deaf (thanks to meningitis) I could never get the full 'cinema experience'. My Grandad (also very deaf, thanks to his 'advancing years') used to say it was better for people like us a hundred years ago, when silent films were around, as they had caption cards on the screen! I missed out on many films at the cinema, which I have since watched on DVD, with subtitles.

I really believe that if my Grandad was still alive today he would be joining my Dad and I on our regular trips to the cinema. Because captioned cinema has returned! I now understand why and how they were entranced by the 'magic' of cinema. As the great Charlie Chaplin said: "Nothing quite like it - the feeling of film"

quoteFact is that as we age, loss of some hearing or sight is inevitable... Access to film via subtitles & audio description is something that we all may appreciate, eventually

quoteI have lost my sight. You think I can't enjoy the cinema? Imagine the scariest film you know, only SCARIER!

quoteWithout subtitles we just watch the pictures, and have to guess the story

quoteHaving audio description in cinemas allows visually impaired and blind people to enjoy the full experience of going to the cinema. I no longer have to turn to a friend or family member and interrupt their viewing of the film to clarify what's going on. I can now jump out of my skin while watching Paranormal activity 2 and know why I have done so, I can also hunt for the Horcruckses with Harry, Ron and Hermione and feel the terror of nearly falling into a burning furnace with Woody and the gang.

quoteAudio described cinema is wonderful, not just because it allows me to enjoy movies but to discuss them with sighted friends afterwards. Through cinema audio description, I have been able to follow up the recommendation of a friend who gushed about the beauty of the visuals in Volver. Conversely, I have been able to return the favour by plugging the striking images in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

It doesn’t matter that I couldn’t ‘see’ them – the description was so vivid that I can still imagine Brad Pitt shooting into the ice, causing a puff of smoke to rise, or Casey Affleck in a rocking chair. When accompanying sighted friends, I can enjoy the car chase in Casino Royale and the decapitation by helicopter blade in 28 Weeks Later, relying on my memories of being a sighted gorehound.

quoteVery useful. I can enjoy watching films at the cinema and don't have to wait for the dvd (with subtitles) to come out. I used to go to the cinema with my children and fall sleep, because I didn't understand what the film was about. Now I want to go to the cinema more with my children.

quoteGrowing up, I used to imagine the dialogue between the actors in the films in my head throughout the film but when my parents bought me the video caption reader to produce subtitles on videos; I was delighted and thought it was the best present ever!

Nowdays, I can watch films with subtitles at the cinema but having said that, I wish they would show them at reasonable times rather than the ungodly early Saturday mornings or Monday evenings after a tiring first day back at work at the start of the week! I know my deaf friends feel the same!

Yourlocalcinema.com is fantastic in telling the public what films are being subtitled weekly!

quoteGoing to the cinema again after so many years was fantastic. I'm grateful this facility is provided for people like me. Without it going to the cinema to see a new release is just a distant memory.

quoteI have always enjoyed going to the cinema. I was blinded when I was 19 and am now 63. In all of those years my dear wife has sat in the cinema describing (as quietly as she could) the movies to me, but often feeling that she had done an inadequate job. This of course detracted from her enjoyment of the film and also from time to time annoyed the people around us.

Now, with audio described cinema, I can sit quietly and fully enjoy the cinema experience without troubling my wife or the people around me. Audio description brings me so much joy it is hard to put into words. My heartfelt thanks go to everyone involved including the brilliant folk who do the narrative.

quoteFab idea, my 7yr old loves films and subtitles help him get the most from the cinema experience.

quoteI love going to the cinema , but until there were subtitled films I had not been for years and although i have had ceefax on my TV for a long time, the excitement of seeing a film on the big screen was missing, So subtitled cinema is the icing on the cake .

My son , who also has a hearing loss first told me about this and we sometimes see films together .

I hope to see more films in 2011 I saw the kings speech on Sunday and enjoyed it very much. Keep up the good work !

quoteFantastic service. Much better than going on each individual cinema site then looking at each film to see if it has audio description, then having to work out times etc.

Its also fantastic to have AD trailers too as a lot films nowadays have trailers with a short dialogue at the beginning then lots of bangin, crashing & shouting then silence..! Which is really frustrating cos i cant ask sighted friends to watch out for it and let me know cos they have no idea what I'm on about!!

quoteSubtitled Cinema gives the freedom for all to enjoy movies as they should be seen - on the big screen. Thank you for all your work on this site! I truly appreciate it. My love for movies is increasing because of what you've done. Thanks again!

quoteFab idea, my 7yr old loves films and subtitles help him get the most from the cinema experience

quoteLove the subs in 3D, subtitles thrown at you!

quoteI can honestly say that subtitled cinema has been a dream come true. It's given me & my mum the chance to share quality time together. She's profoundly deaf since she was aged four, preventing her from enjoying the cinema (whooping cough took her hearing away).

It used to sadden me - the realisation that she regularly missed, and continues to miss out on, so many opportunities that admittedly I, like many, naively take for granted.

But subtitled cinema and your amazing website & updates have totally changed our lives. I'll never forget the expression of her excitement at our first film. The joy of being with others with hearing loss, realising she wasn't alone.

It has been amazing and given my mum the chance to indulge in her joy of films, which she never dreamed could be a dream that would come true. The smile on her face is something I'll never forget. None so much as at the latest Toy Story film. Never did we realise that a stuffed cowboy & toy potato could bring so much joy!

I can not thank you enough for the amazing opportunities you give us, so many great memories already shared and so, so many more to come. Thank you hugely x

quoteAfter I saw Inception (with subtitles, of course which I'm very grateful, cheers) I bumped into a friend who was working there at the time told me there was a hearing woman (who went to the same screening as me) made a complaint that there was subtitles on the screen! This totally annoyed me over the fact she did once not think of how lucky she is, that she can come to a cinema to watch any film at any time of any day whereas the rest of us with hearing difficulties has one or two subtitled film per week, sometimes none if those listed films aren't our cup of tea. (And also why she came to see the subtitled film in the first place anyway, oh deary me!)

quoteThis is very useful info for my hard of hearing husband. Thanks!

quoteWhen I discovered Audio Description I discovered A Whole New World. It was like the magical murmurings of "Open Sesame" revealed an Aladdin's cave to show riches that I had only ever dreamt of.

quoteMy son is deaf, and until discovering subtitles, he had absolutely no interest in TV or films, and thus was missing a big part of what children talk about when socialising.

Having just been away and watching some telly in German (which I don't know) I think I can begin to understand a little of what he used to experience – seeing the pictures, trying to guess what was going on, and then losing interest after very little time.

Now, with subtitled showings, he laughs and becomes completely absorbed in the story and really enjoys going to the cinema with the rest of the family. He won't watch a film without subtitles, as he can't understand it and says it is a waste of time. It would be lovely if our local cinema offered a few more screenings, and not just on weekdays, when he is at school.

quoteI enjoyed A Christmas Carol a lot. I would not have a clue what was being said without subtitles. I can hear well with my digital hearing aids, compared to many deaf people I know, but the unfamiliar oldie style Dickens words would have been lost on me without subtitles. I've missed so many 3D films because they're never subtitled so this has been a great experience for me.

quoteI really loved a christmas carol in 3-D with subtitles on the screen. The 3D popped out at me and it was scary in places. The subtitles meant I could follow what was happening in the loud bits.

quoteI'm profoundly deaf (from meningitis). I can speak clearly but rely on lip-reading or subtitles to understand what people are saying. I'm the only deaf person in my family of film fans and I enjoy 3D films a lot. My family usually wait for the subtitled film to be shown in our town, or nearby, so I can join them for a fun a popcorn munching few hours. But the younger ones couldn't wait to see A Christmas Carol in 3D. So I missed out on the family cinema visit.

But I'm still happy that I have seen it now. Usually 3D films are out of bounds for me, so it's great that they are now being subtitled. I'm looking forward to Toy Story 3 and Avatar in 3D and I don't mind paying the extra few pounds for 3D if the film is subtitled. It would be nice if the film was available with subtitles at release date, so I can watch it with my family. They definitely won't wait for me for those two films.

quoteI am pleased to go to a cinema to see subtitled films as without them I would not go there because films without subtitles bore me because I am not able to understand and to read lips. I usually go there with my Deaf friends. We are happy to see subtitles films whenever we want.

quoteNo cinema makes it easy to search for subtitled cinema on their website. Glad someone has made this site!

quoteForget Subtitles - In Japan you have side titles as they read their words downwards.

quoteNot enough shows at my local. I do hope they haven't stopped them as I am missing my visits to the cinema. Once I discovered subtitling it opened up a bit of the world for me, following suddenly losing my hearing.

quoteBrilliant site. There are lots of people happy to watch sub-titled films, including those that are over 60. Most of the cinema websites are NOT clear about when subtitled films are on. This means that those of us who want to watch them are unable to track performances down.

quoteAudio described cinema is great because it allows me as a blind person to gain access to films. I don't have to rely on having my wife or friends describe for me anymore, which I am sure improves their watching experience.

I remember when I was a young lad watching a movie with my mum. I noticed on a number of occasions my mum went quiet. I later learned that this was because the actors were getting up to naughties! Now of course all scenes of this nature are described (whoopee!).

On a more serious note having experienced audio description I now realise on how much I have missed out on watching films. The ability to choose what I watch is liberating.

quoteBeing blind, I always hated going to the cinema. All my friends enjoyed the film and most of the time I had no idea what was going on. They would tell me what was happening on screen but I still couldn't follow the film. I would have to wait until it came on DVD, or on TV, and hope it had audio description there.

I only heard about audio description at the cinema a while ago and on my tenth birthday me and my friends went to see 'Ice Age 2', with audio description, just for me, through headphones.

We did the usual, getting popcorn and drinks, and sat down in the cinema. For the first time watching a movie on the big screen I was able to understand it all. I could see creatures against the white landscapes as a blur, and the description really brought them to life! Sid made me happy, Manny made me sad, and Scrat made me laugh out loud. The person doing the audio description spoke all the words loud and clear, even over the sounds of the movie. It was just great! It really helped me to see what every character, mountain and ice slope looked like.

I've since seen 'Monster House', 'Over the Hedge' and 'Happy Feet' with audio description, but I think 'Ice Age 2' will always be one of my favourites, because it was the film that made me want to go to the cinema again and again.

quoteI turned 15 recently and was really looking forward to seeing a subtitled '15' movie for the first time in the cinema, but things always got in the way. Subtitled shows are sometimes not shown at the best of times. I missed 'Children of Men', which I heard was really good.

So imagine my excitement when I was finally able to see my first '15' movie - 'Borat'. I had heard so much about it from my hearing friends and I just couldn't wait to see it.

The movie was hilarious. A lot of the dialogue was in a foreign language and subtitled anyway, which was handy, but when Borat spoke in his broken English accent, it was impossible for me to understand. And his ridiculous moustache didn't help my lipreading!

The subtitles throughout the film were fantastic, none of them missing, and all as clear as on TV or DVD. It adds to the funniness of the film when you see his trademark words subtitled, such as 'Jagshemash!'.

It's great that so many films are coming to cinemas now with subtitles. Foreign language ones such as 'Pan's Labyrinth; are great, but I like to see a different 'regular' film every month or so with my friends. I'd like to thank everyone who has made it possible for me and other hearing (and visually) impaired people in the UK to enjoy the cinema.

quoteBrilliant for the family to join me - as they are hearing - and enjoy it more with me being included. Keep it up everywhere.

quoteFor years, as a teenager, all my friends would always want to go the cinema, so I'd go along, pretend to know what happened, and laugh when everyone else laughed at something funny.

But now subtitled movies allow me to enjoy watching films with my family and friends. I can talk about what happened in the movie and laugh along with the jokes - not because everyone else laughed! Best invention ever!!

quoteWho's the Daddy? I never knew! Who dunnit? I hadn't a clue! I didn't know who or why or how, But thanks to subtitles I ALWAYS know now!

quoteI will never forget the first time I saw an audio described film in the cinema. I had been an avid film-goer until I lost my sight, the last thing I ever read was Empire magazine and had had quite enough of the hit or miss affair of friends whispering in my ear what was happening on screen, usually after I delivered a sharp blow to their ribs with my elbow. Much better than nothing, but potentially deeply frustrating, especially if you were there with a squeamish pal and there was lots of mayhem going on.

Anyway, the first audio described film I saw was Girl With A Pearl Earring and I had the unusual experience of having to explain to my sighted companion what on earth was going on.

It's sometimes quite amusing to get the description of what is about to happen and laugh out loud, while waiting for the sighted audience to catch up. There are sometimes also wee added bonuses only available to people listening to the AD track. I'll never forget the festive suicide for Santa, as Billy Bob Thornton attempts to gas himself in a car in Bad Santa. Happy memories.

quoteI would like to see more films with captions. At my local cinema I can only see 1 or 2 a week, out of about 15 available to everyone else. I still have to wait for the DVD to come out in many cases. The captions are a great help to me - without them I cannot enjoy the film. Thank you.

quoteExcellent Thank you, we really enjoy going to see all the best new movies. The staff are really friendly when we're getting the popcorn and settling down to watch the film. Great information given via email, very informative!

quoteSubtitled cinema two words "simply wonderful!".

quoteUtterly fabulous !!!!! only wish my local provided this service !! :-(

quoteMy world has opened up since I have been able to enjoy going to the cinema for the first time in years - all thanks to subtitles!!

quoteI'm hard of hearing. Subtitles are a godsend when visiting the Cinema, or watching a DVD at home. As a person of a certain age I only wish we had them back in the forties and fifties, when Brando and other Method actors were mumbling their way through various movies!

quotePlot, drama, suspense, emotion, humour - that's what I missed out on as a kid growing up with non-subtitled films! Now I never go to the cinema unless the film has those vital subtitles. Subtitles make the cinema going experience what it should be: an engaging, pleasurable experience! :o)

quoteBrilliant but would like them on at proper times not assuming that Deaf people do not work. Just love it.

quoteMy pupils love it! keep it up!

quoteI think it was last Friday that I went to the cinema with a friend who is totally blind to catch a show with AD. She has come all the way from India and had never experienced AD in her life before. She was quite excited about watching a film with AD in a cinema for the first time and got even more excited when she found out that Social Network was playing with audio description.

Our experience was just fabulous from the word go - the staff knew exactly what I was talking about when I asked for the AD headsets. Everyone was so keen to help and we even got one ticket for free! I made it quite clear that we did not have a CEA card but I guess it's part of the policy now- one carer goes free with a blind person, which is just excellent. The staff member who gave us the headset very patiently showed us how it worked - I did not want to disappoint him by telling him that I knew how it worked so played along!

And the best of all, it was so easy to find out which films were playing with AD. Congratulations on this fabulous achievement.

quoteI managed to visit a new cinema for the first time yesterday to watch the new Harry Potter film. I was impressed from the outset at how helpful the staff were and pleased to see how knowledgeable the manager appeared to be around audio description. The headsets worked extremely well but they offered to show us how they worked which is great.

quoteMy wife is deaf and finds the high sound levels are useless to her, as is the loop system. I have only praise for the companies involved in producing subtitled facilities - they make the world of difference.

quoteI am signing up for the weekly email so I can inform my friend, who is deaf. There aren't very many subtitled movies shown in Northern Ireland. I personally have no problem with subtitled cinema, whilst I know that many others do not feel the same way. I'm used to watching a lot of world cinema in different languages, so I barely notice the subtitles are there.

quoteHard of hearing folks without a hearing aid rely heavily on subtitling. Being able to go to the cinema and see a subtitled film really reduces the isolation they live with.

quoteSubtitles in the movies are the best!

quoteI remember seeing Miss Potter without subtitles and completely missing the death of her boyfriend! I watched the rest of the film trying to work it out, and afterwards had to contact a friend who had seen it to find out. Subtitles are wonderful - can't do without them now!

quoteDeaf people can now be part of the story. I used to always lose the plot and wrongly second guess what was happening.

quoteHaving lost my hearing suddenly my world changed for ever. Nothing was any fun any more and I could no longer enjoy going out. Then I discovered subtitled cinema and some enjoyment came back into my life. Thank you.

quoteWithout captions, motion pictures are just moving lips.

quoteTry also being short. When I find a subtitled film, somebody tall sits in front of me.

quoteWhen I was growing up we lived in Holland where everything at the cinema is subtitled (in Dutch). I went to see Four Weddings and a Funeral with my mum, who's hard of hearing (and unfortunately can't speak Dutch very well). In the scene where Hugh Grant realises he's missed his alarm and runs about swearing, my mum turned to me and said "what's he want a bucket for?".

quoteI have a friend whom English is her second language so reading the words as they're said helps teach her the language.

quoteA film without sound? pointless! It's the same as a film without subtitles for us deaf folks.

quoteSubtitled Cinemas, for some reason, seems to be something that we should be so grateful for. Why is this the case? We still can't enjoy films because the cinemas select when they can be shown.

My daughter is 5 years old and we have only enjoyed TWO films at the cinema during the last 5 years. There is nothing I can find this weekend. Yet again, my daughter is saying - no subtitles? Its heart wrenching.

When it works it's a fantastic experience for us. I am able to share in the film, the laughs, and of course the popcorn and sweets!

quoteWe have attended subtitled cinema since its inception and have been fascinated by the stories the big screen tell us - from Shrek to Harry Potter, from Narnia to Ice Age - keep them coming in!

quoteI love the theatre - and captioned performances have kept me 'alive' since my hearing went irreparably. But it took a while to find equivalent access to the cinema. Having now done so, it's brilliant. Actually far better than the very dodgy subtitles on TV!

My only 'complaint' is that with quite a few films - the sub-blockbuster kind - the run is often just one week and even if there's a subtitled showing it limits opportunities. I'm lucky and live in London so can get around to other cinemas but it must be awful to be somewhere that gives just one and only one chance to see a sought-after film. Couldn't there be more showings?

quoteWithout subtitles we would be lost. Many thanks for allowing us to enjoy the film

quoteSubtitled cinema is wonderful for my disabled niece who has been deaf from birth. She can now enjoy Disney films with her mates!

quoteThank you so much for this great site. I stumbled across it when desperately trying to find subtitled films for my mum who is deaf and has sadly always missed out on the joy of the cinema. Until I found your site that was. It's completely turned her life around. Thanks so much, a true true blessing.

quoteI can now laugh with my family and actually know why they are laughing thanks to the subtitles.

quoteHaving subtitles available on a much more regular, but still very limited basis, has opened up a new world for my whole family. I am now able to take my children (aged 4, 6, & 13) more frequently to watch the latest films covering anything from animated to action. Subtitles have given us a previously unavailable way to enjoy a day out as a family which we can all have fun doing.

quoteA Christmas Carol in 3D was superb. Being deaf and loving the cinema I want to be able to view the best things possible just as someone that had their hearing would and be able to enjoy it. Why should I miss out on the dialogue despite the 3D? Thankfully, the subtitles were great. I'm looking forward to Avatar now.

quoteChristmas Carol 3D was the kind of thing cinema was made for! A spectacle for the eyes and thankfully the ears. The subtitles were fantastic and being able to read the film as you would Dickens' novel was brilliant.

quotePRAISE!!!! Lots and lots of praise!!!

My daughters and I arrived for a subtitled show that was listed on your website at a particular time. Got there but a mix up at the cinema meant that it was showing at a different time which was hours later! The children had been looking forward to the film. They were disappointed and didn't want to come back as it would end quite late. I had already paid for parking for a few hours. After some discussion with his staff, he decided to put the film on. We only had to wait for them to set it up. We had the entire room to ourselves!

I was stunned by this thoughtfulness, especially as there were only 3 of us present. Odeon Swiss Cottage became the first on my list for subtitled viewings.

quoteBeing able to watch the latest blockbuster films has been a lifeline for me. I have been deaf since birth and constantly face barriers in life but subtitles hep to remove those barriers. I will never forget watching the Star Wars films with subtitles.

quoteWithout you wonderful people where would we be? Without the subtitles our lives would be boring. There are 9 million people in the UK with hearing loss. So all credit must go to you for bringing films to our lives . Many thanks, many thanks, many thanks for giving us our "ears"

quoteMy 68yr old profoundly deaf mother had not been to the cinema since she was in her 20's. She went with my father who was also deaf! She didn't enjoy the experience at all and totally misread the film.

My father used to ask me to interpret films for him which was so difficult as we missed most of the film as I was busy explaining who the characters were. He used to get so irate. I would too!!

Now, unfortunately my dad isn't around to enjoy the big screen experience but I took my mum at christmas and she was like a child seeing something for the first time. I'm so pleased at the amount of films available.

quoteHave you ever been left wondering whether Kate Winslet was asking Leonardo for a 'big kiss' or was it a 'biscuit?

quoteTry lipreading Harry Potter without thinking you're going mad! If it wasn't for subtitles I would be questioning my sanity right about now.

quoteBrilliant site. My daughter was diagnosed with deafness at the age of 18 months. She is now 18 years old and I've finally found a single website that confirms the availability of subtitled films. We went to see Tron, which she loved.

quoteI LOVE subtitles at the cinema and never go to a film that is not subtitled now!

quoteThis is a fabulous website and hugely useful for anyone with a hearing loss. Thank you for all your hard work. It is hugely appreciated.

quoteI am very interested in receiving your weekly bulletins of cinemas showing subtitled films! I used to go to the cinema and spend up to £10 a ticket, yet as I cannot hear the films properly, in the past I have actually left feeling like I've wasted my money. Thank you for all the work you do.

quoteSubtitled movies...ah! A door into a new world, fantasy, make-believe, love, heartbreak, joy, cartoons, laughter; as the wardrobe opened Narnia to four children, subtitled films open a new world to not just four children but all those who have the unhappy membership into this world of the deaf.

quoteMy sister (mid 40's) who is profoundly deaf is coming to stay with me in November. She has never experienced being at the movies with subtitles before and I think this would be a lovely treat and surprise for her. I honestly don't think that it would be an issue if subtitles where shown on all movies.

quoteI am fostering a young deaf girl. I would like to take her to the newly released subtitled films but it seems to be a case of waiting until something comes around. I feel its an experience that my family enjoy, that she is missing out on.

quoteI take my daughter, who is profoundly deaf, to the cinema. We all go as a family (all the others hearing) and it gives us satisfaction knowing our daughter is understanding the plot and not tapping me all of the time, so I get to watch the film too. Also we see a lot of other deaf peers there, which is fantastic for her.

quoteMy husband is hard of hearing, we used to only go to see Hindi films as they are subtitled. We love to see English films when they are subtitled.

quoteAs the only deaf member of a family of six, I grew up feeling very isolated when it came to a family outing to the cinema. I put up with until I was fourteen years old and then decided that there was no point in me being there. I just couldn't follow what was going on. It was more frustrating than enjoyable.

A few years went by and I resigned myself to the fact that my movie watching would be limited to rentals, on DVD (all popular DVD films are subtitled). Then last year a few cinemas in nearby towns installed subtitle equipment. I can't explain what a difference this has made to me. I now HAVE a social life! Almost every week there is something I fancy - with subtitles.

I'm a bit too old to participate in a 'family outing' to the cinema now, but I have some good friends who are happy to catch a film a week or two after release date. They wait for the subtitled show to appear, so I can join them. I am very grateful to the cinemas that have enabled me to enjoy their films - thanks a bunch!

quoteAfter losing most of my sight four years ago I gave up on cinema - only to discover audio description some months later. I've since watched many more films. Watching 'Avatar' I felt just like one of the crowd, reacting with amazement just like the other people in the cinema. I actually felt like I had my vision back.

quoteGreat website. No cinema subtitles make me feel like a second class citizen.

quoteSubtitles are the best option (for TV essential) but I am 30 miles from the nearest cinema. I still love film so I am prepared to travel.

quoteWe had not visited the cinema for years, because it is difficult to catch what's being said, especially fast American dialogue. So we used to wait until the DVD came out, with subtitles.

Then we saw a film at the cinema with captions. Fantastic! We would like to start visiting the cinema again.

quoteBrilliant - we won't go if there are no subtitles. Still need more choice as not all times are convenient but don't want to rock the boat.

quoteI love watching films at the cinema and I cannot do this without subtitles because i am hard-of-hearing. I have even driven from Brighton to Bournemouth to watch a subtitled version of Avatar! But, my main gripe is that usually only one/two showings a week are subtitled. It would be great to have more freedom to see a subtitled film as and when I would like to, like every other hearing person in this country.

quoteI love subtitled cinema! Without it I haven't a hope of enjoying the 'big screen' experience. I am profoundly deafened and use a cochlear implant. Have you ever tried lip-reading animated characters? Or listening to speech in a thunderstorm? Chances are, there will be comments you'll miss.

For someone like me, however, without subtitles, I might just as well not bother. All the witticisms? Forget it. Didn't 'catch' them. Let alone the dialogue that carries the narrative along...

I will never forget my first subtitled screenings: Shrek and Harry Potter. Wow! At last, I was able to watch the latest movies at the same time as everyone else, not ages down the line when they'd all moved on to something else! So, please, please, please keep the subtitled films coming. Deaf people enjoy the same films as everyone else – if they have the opportunity.

quoteMy daughter is 15 and profoundly deaf. I have another daughter who is hearing and we used to go to regular, non subtitled films when they were growing up. As she got older she didn't enjoy going. She said "Accents ware hard" or "They talk so fast, I misunderstand" or "Even when I can hear, the background noise is quite loud". So she preferred to wait until the DVD came out.

This of course was far from convenient with two children. Sometimes she had to go. Sometimes her sister went with others. Sometimes I had to see a film twice, one subtitled, one regular. DVDs were definitely a cheaper option! Now she is always excited if she can see a subtitled film (the yourlocalcinema.com website is on their phones). It's easy for her to follow and laugh at the jokes - not just laugh because the actions or their facial expressions are funny.

However, she still can't go to the cinema on her own and of course most of her friends do not live locally. So arranging to see a film requires a lot of planning, selecting a time and a cinema that is suitable for most, as subtitled films are not usually shown at convenient times or venues. There have been times when we had to treat the subtitled cinema as a day out. Driving for miles!

My daughter would prefer films to be shown on popular days, like Saturdays, so her deaf friends and their hearing siblings and friends can all enjoy the same film at the same time. My other daughter is more than happy to go to a subtitled film but doesn't like the fact that her friends will most likely have seen the film weeks before her (if she has to wait to go with her sister).

quoteFrustrated for my mother at lack of suitable subtitled films for older people - glad I found this website so hope they put something suitable on. Shame my folks aren't sliver surfers as they can't access this info but well done you!

quoteI found it very useful and enjoyable. I don't feel left out, or miss out on anything. It's amazing, the technology.

quoteMy girlfriend is profoundly deaf and just loves the cinema. However the times are frequently unsuitable as she works full-time.

quoteI enjoy subtitled films; even when I was younger I was perfectly fine with foreign subtitled films on TV. Not everyone at subtitled cinema shows is deaf. Some hearing people whose first language is not English find following a film without subtitles difficult.

Maybe cinemas should capitalize on this aspect to increase attendance figures at subtitled showings. This would benefit deaf people as there would be more subtitled performances at regular times, for mixed audiences.

quoteHaving subtitled trailers is FANTASTIC. I am a hearing-impaired screenwriter and this is the first time I've been able to understand the trailers. Please pass along my thanks to you and all your sponsors. Thank you!

quoteSubtitled cinema has lead to me being able to see films with friends and family in the cinema. This is a wonderful service that offers a new freedom and closes an old exclusion.

quoteI love subtitled cinema! Without it I haven't a hope of enjoying the big-screen experience. Have you ever tried lip-reading animated characters?

quoteMy profoundly deaf mother had given up trying to lip-read movie stars years ago. At a subtitled show her eyes flickered into life... Two glorious hours, and finally my mother and I have rekindled our cinema habit. She is now in her seventies; I'm approaching my forties. It may have been some time coming, but damn was it worth it.

quoteI can't explain what a difference this has made to me. I have a better social life! Almost every week there is something I fancy - with subtitles.

quoteSubtitles at the cinema mean I can enjoy, not endure, the movie. With subtitles I can get lost in the movie, rather than the movie being lost on me. Going to the cinema without subtitles for me would be like a short-sighted person going to watch a movie without their glasses!

quoteAudio described cinema is wonderful because it allows me to enjoy movies and discuss them with sighted friends afterwards.

quoteSubtitled cinema is fantastic because I can watch, cry and laugh with my friends when watching a film. I know what's being talked about when discussing the film afterwards.

quoteI had taken my 9 year old daughter, who is blind, to see a film without audio description and described it to her myself. This, as you can imagine, is very draining and not exactly a perfect alternative. She was keen to see the film again with audio description so she went to see it a second time. She thoroughly enjoyed it and it was far more relaxing for me. Life is difficult enough for a blind child and their family, they have to make a big effort just to get out of the house and interact with other people.

quoteI love subtitled cinema because we can visit the cinema as a social event with the whole family instead of having to wait for the film to be released on dvd. It is a real treat and we also see lots of deaf people who we wouldn't see but for the cinema.

quoteFor the first time in my life I actually enjoyed my time at the movies with my boyfriend.We used to go to regular movies but as I can't hear anymore, it was tough for me. I'm so happy now, this is what I have been waiting for all along.

quoteSubtitles have enabled me for the first time in many years to enjoy something and feel totally included. As a deaf person it's very easy to feel excluded and isolated.

quoteAudio description is changing the world for the visually impaired in a fantastic way. It allows that extra bit of independence and quality of life to be reintroduced so you no longer have to feel left out and shy away from film discussions with friends/colleagues.

quoteMovies are 1,000% better when I can follow the dialogue.

quoteI'm deaf and need to rely on on-screen subtitles when it comes to watching a film in the cinema. I don't have to worry about missing anything!

quoteSubtitled cinema is fabulous because without it I would have missed Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom! I have often shunned the wonderfully social past-time of cinema-going in recent years because of my hearing loss. But now it's wonderful to be able to relax and follow the film without straining to hear what the characters are saying.

quoteI will never forget my first subtitled screenings: Shrek and Harry Potter. Wow! At last, I was able to watch the latest movies at the same time as everyone else, not ages down the line when they'd all moved on to something else!

quoteMy 5 year old daughter lost her sight last year due to a brain tumor. My son is always eager to see the latest films, so it's great that cinemas now have audio description, we can go to the cinema as a family.

quoteBeing blind, I always hated going to the cinema. All my friends enjoyed the film and most of the time I had no idea what was going on. They would tell me what was happening on screen but I still couldn't follow the film. Now it's great! It has really helped me to see what every character looks like. It makes me want to go to the cinema again and again.

quoteIt's great that so many films are coming to cinemas now with subtitles. I like to see a different film every month or so with my friends. I'd like to thank everyone who has made it possible for me and other hearing (and visually) impaired people in the UK to enjoy the cinema.

quoteEver tried lip-reading a fish, a bee or an ogre? Sitting in the cinema with a face like a split welly when everyone else is laughing? Subtitles at the cinema mean I can ENJOY - not endure the movie! With subtitles I can get lost in the movie rather than the movie being lost on me!

Going to the cinema without subtitles for me would be like a short sighted person going to watch a movie without their glasses! Is it a fish? Is it an Ogre? No, it's Johnny Depp...

quoteJust to say a big thank you for subtitled films. My first was a Christmas film - Polar Express. I sat in rapture watching it - and I'm 64! Cant tell you how much it is appreciated. Thanks again.

quoteMy best audio description experience was my first. The whole experience came alive as the commentary reintegrated my partial view of the screen with what was going on. For once I totally understood the film, taking in all those significant non-dialogue moments that are so important to understanding the film. Audio description has rekindled my passion for the cinema.

quoteThink what it must be like to have to watch every movie in a foreign language, with no subtitles. That's what it's like for deaf people, without subtitles

quoteI gave up attending films because I was so, so frustrated not being able to understand what the stories were about. Now I can now enjoy films on a par with hearing people. I am able to share my passionate conversation with my work colleagues and I even recommend films they should go and see.

quoteSubtitled cinema is great but we need much more of it please. It really makes all the difference in the world to people like myself with a severe hearing loss and opens up the world of the big screen again.

quoteMy daughter and I are both deaf, subtitled cinema has been fantastic for us both and we are now able to enjoy going to the cinema, before we always waited for the film to come out on DVD. we both really look forward to going to the cinema. We find subtitled cinema a fantastic opportunity which we both really enjoy and we are now able to experience going to the cinema with other family members as well which is something that we have never done before.

quoteI love subtitled cinema because I can share stories about recent films with my hearing friends. Makes a change from being isolated.

quoteFor years I found going to the cinema a less enjoyable experience than my hearing peers. I always lost the plot because not every one looks at the camera or ensures that they keep their faces visible. But now the cinema experience is at my disposal and I have somewhere to go out to in the evenings.

quoteSubtitled cinema is wonderful because it brings a whole new meaning and enjoyment to watching our favourite films.

quoteSubtitled cinema is fantastic because I can watch, cry and laugh with my friends when watching a film. There's no 'What was that?' 'What did she say?' It's fabulous. It's fabulous. I know what's being talked about when discussing the film afterwards.

quoteMy first experience of a subtitled film in a cinema was an experience I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

quoteSubtitled cinema is the best thing since sliced bread! (for deaf people). Does anyone realise what it is like to have to wait for the DVD to come out? Before subtitled shows we could not go to the cinema. But now we are at most subtitled films.

quoteNothing can beat watching a subtitled family movie with my son. Watching films like Bee Movie, Stardust and Ratatouille has become part of our lives and not just a bonus.

quoteSubtitled films are brilliant because I get to see the films as they are released. I saw the Simpsons last summer, d'oh! Being able to
access the big screen and to see the Simpson family in it's technicolour glory was amazingly funny!

quoteMy partner is hard of hearing and has not been to the pictures for 30 years. It's nice to hear that some cinemas now do films for people with hard of hearing

quoteI work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, and I am married to a non English speaking person. A night at the movies is very enjoyable and in this climate it can be the only night out that people can afford.

quoteMy sister is deaf and she needs subtitling. To have a cinema which can offer the 'movie' experience to us both is brilliant. We take it in turns to pick which films to see. Fabulous.

quoteI have loved films and the cinema for as long as I can remember but as my sight has deteriorated over the last few years I have found film-going more and more frustrating and confusing. I would come out saying "What happened".

My best audio description experience was my first. The film I went to see was 'The Village'. The whole experience came alive as the commentary reintegrated my partial view of the screen with what was going on.

For once I totally understood the film, taking in all those significant non-dialogue moments that are so important to understanding the film. Audio description has rekindled my passion for the cinema.

quoteSounds a good idea to me. My husband needs subtitles on tv.

quoteI think this is an excellent idea. My hearing has got worse over the years and I rely on subtitles to understand. Now I can add Cinemas to my list of "Things To Do"

quoteLove it, last one went to see was Damned United. Being a football fan enjoyed it but not without the help of subtitles. Enjoyable evening out. Can't wait see more films.

quoteI'm Italian. Just arrived in London to live. Subtitled films help me to a lot! (hope not forever)

quoteMy mother is deaf and I was able to take her to the cinema for the first time in 30 years this year - she was thrilled!

quoteFirst time l have been able to enjoy a film since suddenly losing hearing It's brought a bit of normality into my otherwise quiet world.

quoteWonderful!!! It was my first time last week! I'm profoundly deaf all my life so It was amazing to find this out now! I'm a big fan of cinema.

quoteToday, I saw a subtitled cinema film for the first time. Being Profoundly Deaf I was amazed how easy it was to follow the story and how helpful the subtitles were. My grateful thanks for installing the equipment ... Thank you for this boost to my self esteem and confidence.

quoteBrilliant, my wife has no hearing at at all and has not been able to enjoy the cinema for 11 years.

quoteHaving subtitles makes my life worthwhile having a night out going to a cinema!!

quoteBrilliant, can be part of the audience to enjoy the film and absorb my thoughts to experience the thrill, emotions or fear.

quoteIt is wonderful that they have subtile movies. It makes it more enjoyable, to understand whats happening. Thanks for providing this opportunity for those who need subtitles, I am deaf and love it. Keep it going.

quoteI work at an independent living project for young deaf adults with additional disabilities. Our staff (some deaf) and residents make frequent trips to the cinema, and get so much more from their visit when the film is subtitled.

quoteSubtitled films are great for my wife (who is hard of hearing) and myself. Our visits to the cinema are much more frequent and, for my wife particularly, much more enjoyable. Thanks!

quoteDeaf Scout Group which had 59 youth Deaf members since it was founded. Many of our members are excited and eagerly awaiting the new Harry Potter film - subtitled. Thank you!

quoteI've been to see loads of films with my hearing son who is 9 years old (I am deaf). It's BRILLIANT to watch the films with subtitles.

quoteMy deaf son is 10 yrs old and in mainstream school. It has made a huge difference to him to see a subtitled film at the cinema and actually be able to follow the plot!

quoteFor years I found going to the cinema a less enjoyable experience than my hearing peers, I always lost the plot with movies because not every one looks at the camera or ensures that they keep their faces visible. Now the cinema experience is at my disposal.

quoteI'm partially paralysed. When I became disabled (car crash) I painstaking tried to learn a 'suck and puff' mechanism for operating a typewriter. Eventually I could type a letter but it was frustratingly slow. Thanks to technology I've been able to abandon that method. Now I can use a wireless headset & mic to speak to my computer, spell check, edit, almost anything a 'regular' writer can do. I operate my wheelchair with my chin. I have one system in my flat for controlling individual sockets and light switches. There's a button mounted on the skirting which I can tap with my wheelchair to open the door. I have a low level swipe card entry system. A videophone intercom. So accessible.

I love films and can get to the cinema by myself on buses and trams. Thanks to a ramp and automatic doors I can get in the door of the cinema no problem. I can get to the first floor no problem, use the toilet no problem. The staff are very welcoming and getting a ticket is no problem. I have the best seat in the house! Lots of room, great view. But...

I can't go to the cinema when I want. The cinema decides that for me. I can't always watch the film I want. The cinema decides which film to show me every week. Where is this strange, inaccessible cinema? North Korea, Russia? No, London, UK. I'm partially deaf and require subtitles to properly enjoy a film. My local cinemas don't show them a lot so I rarely catch films, which is a shame.

Luckily almost all TV & DVD is subtitled, so I always catch it eventually, but I'd rather catch it with my pals, when it's 'hot', on the BIG screen. If I really can't wait, my good friend Mark can download the latest film and subtitle files from Torrent websites. Put them together and Yes! My own little subtitled version. I could probably stream it from my PC to my 42 inch plasma TV but still, it's not really what I want to do.

I want to see it as it should be seen. On the cinema screen. When my friends want to see it. Please.

 

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