Below is a selection of quotes and reports from people who have discovered - or rediscovered - the joys of cinemagoing, thanks to subtitles and audio description.
Films with subtitles are an absolute god-send for people like myself who have stopped attending cinemas since becoming deaf. I am delighted with this website. Recently my husband and I saw Philomena and Captain Phillips in one week. Marvellous to be able to understand every word.
My hearing was severely damaged by unprotected exposure to heavy machinery in my younger years. I haven't been to the cinema in 20 years because I absolutely couldn't understand a word. The speech was so muddled and at times so rapid my brain couldn't make sense of the jumble. I love subtitles!
Subtitled cinema is a life saver. My wife and I are regular filmgoers for 30 years. My wife suffered a brain tumor which affected her hearing so movies were out until I found this site. A big thank you for subtitled films.
Absolutly brilliant - we didn't ever go to the cinema as a family because my daughtwer who is 8 could not enjoy the experience as she is deaf, but now it has opeded up a whole new experience for her and us as a family.
My 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"
The audio description on the new Mission Impossible was really good. I 'get' what people were saying about the jaw-dropping images and camera work. When Hunt swings out a window to scale the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai I could feel the vertigo! And I could hardly see it! It was a blur on the screen but the narration made it vivid, crystal clear, and immersed me in the action. I told many visually impaired people about my experience and of audio description at the cinema, and your website, and I'll definitely try and get out more to experience the cinema.
I lost my hearing 18 years ago as a side-effect of chemotherapy (bone marrow-transplant). Until I got a cochlear implant I rarely went out. I'm glad cinemas have made the effort of providing subtitles for the latest films. It makes a big difference to my social like.
My father has congenital nystagmus, a condition that makes his eyes move side to side involuntary. He's resigned himself to the fact that he will never be able to see properly and until audio description films came about he never bothered with cinema, it gave him severe headaches. Now we both go regulalry. He just shuts his eyes and enjoys the film!
Fantastic and much needed website- i nearly cried with joy at finding all the information i could possibly need in one place- this will save me hours!!! ... thank you for this site
The 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. 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.
My daughter has always been deaf in one ear, but her single working ear has served her perfectly well for all of her 11 years. Three months ago she suddenly lost the hearing in her remaining ear and this has plunged her into a silent world. The pain of not going to the cinema with her friends like she regularly used to has been one of the hardest things for her to bear. Please please please more subtitled cinema!!! It's not just about films. It's about social life.
Being deaf, I find non-subtitled films not enjoyable any more
Thanks @yourlocalcinema for finding the AD showing. Without you &@ODEONCinemas fine headphones there'd've been no #AlphaPapa tonight.
SheffieldDCS (SDCS) @SheffieldDCS28 Oct 11 #FF @yourlocalcinema where would we be without this fantastic website? http://bit.ly/sheffield_subs #fb
My wife is deaf, as well as one of my children. We have been to more movies in the last six months than in the previous 33 years! My youngest son and I were able to go watch a movie for the first time ever. As a child I went with my Dad to watch the movies and it was a great experience to finally be able to go with my son.
You cannot imagine what it's like to not be able do something so many families take for granted on a regular basis, as a unit, know that everyone else is enjoying a film as a cohesive group. I am very happy now that I can watch movies at the cinema and look forward to further technologies to allow an even greater, and more wonderful experience for all. The most efficient solution to cinema subtitles is to continue what we're doing: developing better assistive technology that is largely unnoticeable to people with normal abilities. We install ramps and elevators for people in wheelchairs, put braille on door signs, and create subtitle glasses and screens for deaf people.
This fantastic website has reintroduced me to the cinema. Saw first film in 5 years on Sunday. Highly recommended.
Broadway Cinema @Broadway_Cinema5 Aug 80 lovely people are currently enjoying our first ever screening for the deaf and hard of hearing! I shed a tear. @yourlocalcinema
I avoided the cinema for more than a decade. But subtitles at the cinema have kick-started my social life again. They give me a romantic evening, a break from boredom or sometimes an afternoon outing with my husband.
I have just scanned through all the wonderful comments from people who's lives have been improved by subtitled cinema and I so envy them. Since moving to Pembrokeshire my nearest cinema no longer has this service ... I used to love going to the cinema, it was the only sociable thing that I could do following sudden hearing loss. Now I am isolated and lonely and wish I had not had to leave my former home ( moved due to husbands job ) where there was a choice of cinemas giving this service. Thanks Pembrokeshire great scenery, but one cannot live with only great views.
I 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.
Without subtitles, we just watch the movie and have to guess the story. Subtitled films make all the difference to me to be able to understand the story completely. It has been a life changing experience. It is important for deaf cinema-goers to have the same access as hearing people.
Fab for us old farts with hearing difficulties and an inability to understand a lot of present day 'mumbling' style of speech.
I can see more than enough to get a great deal of enjoyment out of films and have been watching them for years. But haring a little bit of extra detail as I was watching the film was a hugely enriching experience. It was unobtrusive, informative and engaging. And it made me realise that there are elements of film that I have been missing. The describer helpfully told me who people were. The first time a character appeared they were referred to in a gently informative way: 'a tired-looking woman climbs the stairs'. This elegantly overcomes my biggest problem with film. Just as in real life, I struggle to recognise people when they reappear in a new or different context, especially if they have changed their clothes or hairstyle. Without a friendly voice whispering characters names in my ear I would have spent the film failing to tell them apart. Audio description is extremely good at drawing attention to apparently inconsequential details. Without it I would not have known that one character likes to have a cherry in her drink or that another wept when another died. Audio description fills in the details which are hard to see but which add depth and meaning to the film. I was also struck by the fact that the describer always paid a great deal of attention to how people communicated wordlessly, particularly with their eyes: 'Duroy looks at Madeleine with a mixture of sorrow and reesentment'; 'Clotilde's eyes flash with hatred and contempt'. I have never been very good at interpreting facial expressions and usually don't even bother trying. I judge people's mood by the sound of their voice and the way they behave. So I was amazed to discover how much facial expression can tell you about a person. I had no idea that facial expression was so important nor that people could pass messages in that way. I began to wonder how many silent conversations I had missed by not knowing that they were even going on in the first place.
@BFI Helpful website @yourlocalcinema lists subtitled listings for people with hearing loss (tweeted to 167,000 followers)
@ODEONcinemas visit @yourlocalcinema for subtitled listings for Dark Knight Rises (tweeted to 18,800 followers)
@cineworld Cineowlrd cinemas daily out today. Top stories via @yourlocalcinema and others (tweeted to 50,100 followers)
@BBCFilms @yourlocalcinema for info on audio described and subtitled cinema listings (tweeted to 48,000 followers)
@Screendaily @yourlocalcinema nominated for Lottery Award (tweeted to 49,000 followers)
@RNIB @yourlocalcinemalists audio described cinema listings and dvds (tweeted to 17,000 followers)
I am very deaf. Went to see Philomena at the Odeon last night. What a treat. Have only just discovered your listings of subtitled films. It is going to open up a whole new world to me as I had stopped visiting cinemas altogether because I couldn't understand much of the talk.
Difficult to obtain a list of subtitled movies so your site is great.
Thanks for your very useful website.
Thank God, I have given up going to the movies. Glad I can return
More of these, please!
Thank you very much for including me in your emailing list. This will make me go to the cinema much more often and enjoy the occasion.
Thank you so much for the service, so much appreciated in deaf years !
I have got together with several 'hard of hearing' friends and am thinking of cinema outings to captioned films. I feel this info will help us organise a few dates. Thanks, May.
Many thanks for this service. Finding subtitled films in this area is near impossible
It's hard to explain my vision to people. The screen is blurry and I miss things. Audio description is great.
Last night I watched a film for the first time in my life. I have been to the cinema hundreds of time and watched thousands of videos and DVDs, but yesterday I realised what watching a film really means.
Very important for me & my wife!
Until now I thought that I could only go to subtitled foreign films. It will be great to have the chance to see British and American films and not on my tiny telly screen. My deafness is profound in one ear and with minimal hearing in other ear, with no recourse to a hearing aid.
Need the subtitles to be able to use the cinema!
It's a lifesaver. Use subtitles all the time.
Now films are subtitled and can enjoy the film. As a child my parent had to see the film twice, once to get the story then tell my deaf brother and me the story in brief and then try to lipspeak to the annoyance of other cinema goers, so we have moved on a long way, but there's still a way to go.
The only way that I can appreciate a film and there are too few cinemas that offer subtitles for English language films, so praise those that do I must.
For a deaf person like myself the sub titles are an absolute MUST. I can now enjoy a film and understand what is happening after years of avoiding the cinema or walking out halfway through.
Great idea for also people non uk native! I'm italian, I love cinema, and although I speak good english, I don't want to miss a word! Thank you!
Would open a new world to lots of people if more subtitled films were shown, even my hearing family, say the subtitles are so helpful, as they miss hearing a lot of dialects.
Hearing people don't know how lucky they are for being able to attend the cinema anytime they want.
I saw your website and want to help deaf people living in Turkey, too. First of all, you are doing a great job..!!!
We often have to wait several weeks after a movie is first released before we can take our son to see it . This often means his friends have already seen the movie and he is unable to join in any conversations they have concerning the movie that they have watched.
My husband and I love going to the cinema, but I can only enjoy it if there are subtitles. We go once every two months, but would go once a week if their were more choice of film times.
When our children were younger it didnt matter so much but now that they are older and we want to take advantage of theatre shows, cinema etc waiting for the DVDs to come out doesnt seem to much fun!!
@ActionOnHearing Some great quotes on @yourlocalcinemalists that show how important subtitled cinema is to peoople with hearing loss (tweeted to 14,300 followers)
@ShapeArts @yourlocalcinema help people find audio described and subtitled listings (tweeted to 5,600 followers)
Audio 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.
Like me, my brother is deaf and we always go to the movies together. We're 10! We love movies! But our hearing loss means it's never quite clear enough to enjoy. Most conversations go through one ear and out the other, not stopping at our brain! As you can imagine, it can be confusing. All our other school friends go on and on about movies but until last year we never really got to experience them properly. Now we've moved to Sheffield we have THREE cinemas with subtitles to choose from every week! We saw Puss In Boots in 3D last week and subtitles just made the film so enjoyable for us. With subtitles we have cinema with NO frustration!
The Paralympics showed that some disabled people have super powers! But most disabled people are not superhuman, nor sub-human. Most are just human. Most like films, on the big screen. Is that too much to expect? I don't think so. I'm grateful that most cinemas now show films with subtitles.
I’ve struggled with musicals for years because without captions or subtitles, I just can’t lip read singing lips proficiently enough to know what is being sung. The last filmed musical I truly enjoyed was Grease from 1978, and that was because I didn’t have hearing loss then and could actually hear the lyrics. Fast-forward almost 35 years to today and Les Misérables. Word-for-word,the captions brought the story to life. Without captioning, this movie still would’ve been a visual masterpiece, but the storyline would have fallen on my deaf ears. In my mind, there is no greater captioning experience than to feel powerful emotions simply through the words on the screen. Les Misérables was such a musical feast of words that I would have been moved even without the screen images. And the captioning put me in the characters’ heads. I felt Fantine’s pain from her captioned song. I fell in love with Hugh Jackman’s unwavering captioned words of unconditional love. Captioning brought this movie to technicolor life.
Many thanks for all of your help advising of where I can get audio description and following-up with the various cinemas on my behalf. My mate and I saw Skyfall last night and the film, together with the AD, was fantastic! It's the first time I've been to the cinema in over 22 years, but like Bond, I'll be back! Once again, thank you very much for your help, it's very much appreciated!
Les Miserables. I didn’t miss anything sung in the movie. Lea Salonga has such a beautiful voice. Also, the captioning was so clear. I’ll recommend Les Miserables to anyone!
I just wanted to say how good it was to see Secret Cinema putting on subtitled Prometheus so it was inclusive of deaf and hard of hearing people [150 people attended]. I just wanted to say a huge thanks for organising the event, thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciate you guys going the extra mile to get interpreters in and to design the signs to herd us into the subtitled cinema. Thanks! Hardly any other service does it so you guys have nailed it.
So glad this service is still going strong. thank you.
The audio description was like listening to a Harry Potter audio book, but with all the actors voicing their own parts, as well as the film soundtrack in fabulous surround sound!
My powerful hearing aids mean that the amplified sound is overwhelming. I usually switch them off. I've tried cinema loops but they are usually too quiet. I only visit the cinema if it's a subtitled showing.
Subtitled cinemas have changed my life... They make going to the cinema more enjoyable! I love going to the cinema and without subtitles, this would not have been made possible! Amazing! Thank you to those who broadcast subtitled films.
Thank you for this, I was having real difficulty finding cinema's with subtitles and had to wait for the Dvd's to come out. This is brilliant!
I actually said to someone once, when discussing audiobooks 'Ears are for music, eyes are for books - and films'. That was before I went blind! What a stupid, ignorant thing to say. Nowadays, for me and many other people I know with sight loss, thanks to wonderful technology like audiobooks and audio description, ears are for BOOKS and FILMS.
I'm not the world's biggest movie-goer, I dislike car crashes and emotional story lines but if there's a comedy chances are I'll go and see it. Before subtitles I'd not visited a cinema in many, many years. Now I go a lot. This is absolutely an improvement for me, it really makes a difference.
Just been to see Broken City. First cinema movie I've enjoyed in years since losing my hearing!
I'm deaf and subtitles are SO helpful to me in the cinema. My wife is hearing, she's from Finland. Our kids grew up in Finland and are excellent readers. It's a fact that Finland has the highest reading scores of any children because it imports a lot of English language programmes and they are subtitled. So even if you're not deaf subtitles can be useful!
I now rely on subtitles for my cinema enjoyment. Using Viagra too much has caused me to lose some of my hearing (did you know that was a side effect?) Be careful Grandpa!
This website is a godsend for me. I found it a chore to be constantly checking the posters outside the cinema or asking the staff (who sometimes had no idea about this issue) so I have nothing but praise for all your hard work on this site. Keep it up!
Please encourage local cinemas to do more subtitled afternoon films for the elderly - they would be swamped !
This is fantastic! I am emailing on behalf of my 82 year old mum who loves cinema, is mobile and compus mentus but hard of hearing. She has no internet access so therefore cannot find out about subtitled films. Her local paper does not list subtitled films and she finds phones difficult. Thanks again for providing such a valuable resource.
This a great service, and one I've signed up to for my mum. She's been hard of hearing for a very long time. It's so nice to be able to have an outing where she truely enjoys it, and hasn't got to worry about her hearing aid batteries going or back ground noise interferring with her day. Thanks very much guys! :)
The audio book version of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series is a bit like movie audio description. It's a full cast recording, a great experience!
Subtitles combat both a feeling of isolation and any cognitive overload resulting from straining hard to hear. Watching a film shouldn't be an unpleasantly challenging strain, or a pleasure rendered impossible altogether. Whether solo or shared, it should be an engaging brain treat available to all, no matter the working status of one's ears.
I am 63 years old, have been blind for more than 30 years, and was always hearing from friends about the wonderful narrated movies being made these days that I may actually enjoy. Recently, cinema - and the Your Local Cinema service - have provided me with an outlet in which to enjoy new films, with audio description becoming ever more prevalent in local cinemas. So I tried it out with a sighted friend and have so far enjoyed The King's Speech, True Grit, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and some others. I went with two of my oldest friends who saw me smile, heard me chuckle and, importantly, asked my opinion on the events afterwards. For a change I was included in the conversation about the movie, which was most enjoyable. I have even been dragged along to Avatar with my grandchild, and whilst I couldn't experience the 3D effects like he could, I still enjoyed it a lot. I'm not totally blind, I can still make out giant blue figures on a big bright screen. So I can now appreciate and enjoy films again, revel in the majesty of film, be transported to times I thought long forgotten. Happy times.
I took my wife to see 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', our first ever English language subtitled film (I'd already seen the Swedish trilogy), and WOW!!! I could not believe it. There I was in a dark room, understanding the character of Lisbeth so well and fearing for her life! I've never experienced that watching an English language film before and it's all thanks to the magic of subtitles at the cinema.
My partner is visually impaired. When we got together I thought cinema would be something I'd have to find alternatives for. Audio description means we can both enjoy the same films together. A good audio describer can even add to the film, and it's not just films on at the cinema. A few weeks ago we went on a wet afternoon to watch the James Bond film.
I really enjoyed Kung Fu Panda 2 last year and I went on my 6th birthday with all my friends who could hear it. I am the only deaf one but I could read all the subtitles and I really enjoyed it and after the movie we went for pizza and we could all talk about our favourite bits (of the movie, not the pizza!)
Thanks for the great site!
I think its great you have subtitled cinema! I always have to wait for the film to come out on DVD to watch it with subtitles. I miss out on the 'BUZZ' and 'EXCITEMENT' when its new out. Now that I have found out you do it, I would definitely go to the subtitled cinemas!!
Recent news reported that in the USA a man intentionally set off the fire alarm in an angry response to the popular "Avengers" movie that was captioned. This movie was one of very few captioned ones offered at selected cinemas at selected times that greatly benefit deaf and hard of hearing people. That man’s action shows his lack of awareness and empathy towards those who can understand movies only with captions on. Unlike deaf and hard of hearing people who have have such limited options to watch captioned movies, many hearing people like that man can choose to go to another cinema or wait until next showtime with a movie that is not captioned.
This is a fantastic site , I love watching Films , now I can go watch them without waiting till they come out on DVD . Thank you to all concerned.
Cannot go to cinema without them so apart from foreign films don't go.
Perhaps putting the subtitles on for Kids Club shows could help younger kids with their reading?
Subtitles at cinemas are great for my daughter as she is profoundly deaf
Some say that listening to an audiobook can't compare to reading the printed or e-book. And listening to a described film is not the same as watching a film. Obviously for blind people it's better! Stories originally came from an oral tradition long before they became written stories or films. For a blind person like me, audio description makes sense of the film.
Please, please more films with subtitles. They make such a difference to the enjoyment of a film.
Fact 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
I have lost my sight. You think I can't enjoy the cinema? Imagine the scariest film you know, only SCARIER!
I managed to take my dad to the Manchester Odeon cinema to see a film. My dad had never been to the pictures because he was deaf and we went for his 70th birthday. Sadly I lost my dad three months after that. We had such a lovely evening, pictures and a meal afterwards. He couldn't believe his eyes when we arrived at the cinema.
Before subtitles, ss the only Deaf person in my family, I had to miss out on so many movies with my nephews and niece because the movies weren’t captioned. It was just easier to wait until the movie was on DVD – fortunately, my family is understanding. But there are some specific movies that my nephews and niece really, really, really want to see — and of course, they cannot go alone so their parents or my parents take them. Where did that leave me? At home alone. Now cinemas let me enjoy the movies with my family.
[Without subtitles] following fast or softly spoken dialogue, and dialogue set to background music is difficult. Also difficult when an actor's face is not in shot when speaking, so they can't be lipread. Picking out lyrics to songs is also difficult, easier to get the emotional tone than the words, and the chorus is usually clearer than the verses. I find CGI characters harder to lip-read.
Without subtitles we just watch the pictures, and have to guess the story
My brother is Deaf and we can only share the cinema experience when films are subtitled. It makes all the difference to us to be able to go together!
Think 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
Subtitles are very useful for the hard of hearing. There are millions of people who are not deaf but cannot hear well enough to enjoy a movie. With 24 hour news is seems that reading at the bottom of the display is the norm. This also helps people to learn to read.
SubTitles is the only way my husband can see a film being profoundly deaf. Means so much to us to still be able to go to cinema.
I require subtitles majority of the time, but if it's an easy to follow film - I would go without subtitles but have induction loop/amplified sound via headphones, however it doesn't mean I always understand the storyline.. but get the gist of it.
Wonderful! Opens up a whole new worked for me. More please!
Just saw Mission: Impossible. I LOVED the exotic locales, fancy cars, beautiful (and dangerous) women, car chases, foot chases, fist fights, crazy stunts, gadgets, crazed terrorists, hired assassins and the sexy mysterious analyst. BUT without SUBTITLES I would not have had a CLUE as to what the HELL was going on! It makes ALL the difference. So much better than awaiting the (small screen) DVD. More please! Every film!
I need subtitles for animation and with heavy dialogue films or with singing in it. Looking forward to the day when you can walk into a cinema pick up a pair of goggles and pick any film on demand to watch with subtitles
I watched Sherlock Holmes 2 at the weekend and thought that the audio description worked wonderfully. (But did Conan Doyle ever envision Sherlock in a skin tight jumpsuit, dressed in drag?). The modern style of filming, with high-octane slo-mo action collided beautifully with the 19th century London setting, creating a cinematic dream world for me. I remember before I lost my sight watching The Matrix and always wondered how different old movies would have been if shoot-outs were that exciting! After losing my sight I thought I'd never see any movie ever again. So it's great that audio description is available on all the big films nowadays.
I didn't think I'd enjoy it, because my particular visual impairment means that I can't see 'snowy' scenes very well, can't always make out what's going on, but the fascinating and thrilling sleigh ride scenes in Arthur Christmas made it worthwhile. The narration was great, lots of animation and emotion in the voice, in fitting with the scenes. But it was difficult picturing Hugh Laurie as anything but the way I remember him when I could see perfectly, back in 'Jeeves and Wooster'!
Brilliant idea, I never go to the cinema as I cannot understand a thing, also I never watch a TV program if it is not captioned.
I have always loved film. I lost my sight at the age of 17 and have since missed many, many years of cinema. Audio description at the cinema has been a life-changing experience. It has enabled me to 'see' the crazy action of a Michael Bay film, and to experience the origin of time and infinity with evolving galaxies and beautiful nebulae in a Terence Malick film. It has taken me to places I've only ever dreamed of, where I've locked horns with an evil rival, and gone home with the prettiest girl just in time for dinner. I love the cinema all over again. I go with my friends who are sighted and they no longer need to talk to me throughout the film, explaining what's going on (not fun for anyone!). Thanks. You have really changed my life.
Audio 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.
Just like to say how amazing this service is! For me, a deaf person, it is invaluable. I recently saw Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' with subtitles and it was a wonderful experience being guided through the film by a master of film-making. The subtitles were clear and readable, and it made me wonder how I ever lived without them, especially in the place I adore the most, the cinema. Thank you very much!
I don't go to the cinema unless I can get to a subtitled performance. So I rarely go to the cinema, and watch films at home on DVD where there is usually subtitling. I miss seeing films on a big screen.
I'm 80 percent deaf in my left ear and 60 percent deaf my right. The general public sometimes underestimate the challenges the hearing impaired face at the cinema. Too many people have this misconception that all deaf and hard of hearing people read lips, and that's not the case. If somebody is speaking, and the camera's not on them, then you're completely lost without captions.
Watched Beasts of the Southern Wild. The captioning allowed my hard-of-hearing self to understand young Hushpuppy’s narrated words. And those words were bittersweet: rough yet poignant, painful and often healing, too.
It is so very nice to be included, just like any other valued member of society. Somebody, somewhere knew that someone like me was going to go to see a film one day and made it possible for me to enjoy it. They built it for me. I belonged in the cinema along with everybody else. I was included. Put a price tag on that.
It is important for deaf young people and adults to have the same access to films and the arts as hearing people. My daughter is profoundly deaf with a cochlear implant, subtitles enable her to access the film independently. Going to the cinema with her friends is important in her social life as films are part of young people's culture.
I think subtitled cinema is great, When i lost my hearing i thought my social life was over but subtitled cinema has proved me wrong!
I wear a cochlear implant so have some level of hearing but when visiting the cinema, I prefer to watch subtitled movies so that I have a complete understanding of the movie I am watching.
I rely entirely on subtitles as I am too deaf to be able to follow with either an induction loop or headphones. So I can only access subtitled showings of films.
My local cinema doesn't have subtitled films so I have to travel to Norwich (an hour away) for my nearest subtitled films which is why I don't go very often. I rely on subtitles otherwise I won't understand or enjoy the film.
Before captions came to cinemas, due to their unconditional love, deaf parents were willing to sit in a cinema not understanding one bit with their hearing children. As long their children were happy, the parents in turn became happy.
I am 71 and never thought I would be able to go to movies with captions. I am very happy that technology is working for us, now if we could get voice recognition software to help us in musical theaters!
I 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
Blind children and adults have the right to know about the images in a movie to completely understand the storyline, characters' actions, and scenery as sighted persons observes every time they watch a movie. Movies are a key element to our culture. Blind and visually impaired people are not able to rely on sight to obtain information, and therefore need to use senses other than vision to acquire information. For the movie experience, only the sense of hearing is available. For blind and visually impaired children who are learning to comprehend the world, they need to have clear explanations provided for learning and understanding, including learning new experiences as we do through movies. Audio description tracks and services are the answer to helping these children grow and learn with their sighted peers, and participate in society when they are older. It is a right, not an option.
Thanks very much to the cinemas for finally including my whole family at the movies! I have a deaf daughter who can now go to the cinema with us. The cinema makes money out of us now, as we spend on films and popcorn and drinks. We never used to bother before, we couldn't leave our deaf kid at home while we go and have fun. could we?
Thank you for this! I can't believe I have finally found a way that my 87 year old mother and her friend who are both hard of hearing can now see the Kings Speech at our local cinema! Fantastic web site!
Hello! I just wanted to write you a quick note to thank you. My husband, Joe and I have 7 year old twins. Our son, Josh is totally blind. We have been to the cinema before with him but he has been completely bored and so he really hasn't seen much at the cinema.
That is until we tried audio description. He enjoyed the movie so much and it was truly a joy to see him so happy and having all of us there together. Since that movie we have been back to see Harry Potter and while it was a bit long for him he still enjoyed it. We hope that more movies are made available using audio description. We believe it is wonderful tool for the visually impaired and their families. I know that we would travel miles to see another movie in a heartbeat. Thanks Again!
It's easier with subtitles, but usually I got to the cinema with someone who repeat something that I don't hear clearly or I cannot lipread.
Cinema subtitles are fantastic and accurate, which cannot be said about subtitles on TV. Although I have a cochlear implant the subtitles help immensity to my enjoyment of the films.
I went last Monday to see the Kings Speech. I saw it once before where there were no subtitles and missed a great deal of the dialogue and the development of the relationship between the King and the therapist. The cinema was comfortable but virtually empty and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I am so grateful to have been informed about where to find the appropriate cinemas, and it will make a lot of difference being able to understand what is going on. My thanks to everyone involved in helping us hard of hearing people get such a lot of pleasure.
I am a totally blind person who believes that films should be created for all to enjoy regardless of one's ability to see the screen. Adding audio discription to all films is an easy way of making sure that all can be entertained by the entertainment industry rather than an entire group being left out.
I can understand and hear the music and the audio at times due to the surround sound system in a particular screening but I must have subtitles for my viewing pleasure to pick up on everything.
Just thought i would let you know how much i enjoyed my first visit... True Grit, with audio description on Saturday, the only way to describe it, it was the d.b.'s, (smiles). Although it was a bit further than my local cinemas, we agreed to go, and oh boy was it worth travelling that little bit further. From the moment we entered the cinema nothing was to much trouble for the staff there, they were friendly, polite and helpful in every way possible, and even down to the point that my cinema card had unfortunatly expired, we were only charged for the one seat.
They suggested the best seats where i would most benefit the reception on the audio description headsets and they are brilliant, no hiss, crackle or pop, the quality is superb and crystal clear,and so easy to use. All in all, a wonderful experience and the film was good too. This is one cinema i will definitely be visiting again, well worth the extra journey, they seem to be a very blind friendly cinema, and have plenty of films audio described. Once again well done, thats the way to do it, (smiles).
Am 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.
I love subtitled Cinema, I'm deaf myself and rely on it, if it's possible to make the subtitle cinema perfect why not add subtitles to the adverts too? Thank you!
I have tried induction loop and headphones at the cinema but they did not really work for me. Even if they did, it would just make the sound louder and not actually make it clearer. Subtitles is the best for me. I cannot watch anything without subtitles as they are my ears.
Saw True Grit with my husband last week. Can't tell you how much of a difference it made to my husband who has hearing difficulties. We've only gone together to foreign langauge films for years because of this. Now he can watch English films!
I have attended both subtitled films and non-subtitled films however I much prefer a subtitled film so that I understand all the dialogue. I missed out on watching The Hobbit last year because I wanted to see the film in both 3D & 48fps with subtitles but never saw a subtitled one locally.
Subtitled performance of True Grit at Vue Westfield. Wow! Transformed my enjoyment. Why don't cinemas advertise it more - it would sell more seats than all the ice cream and popcorn put together! And costs them I'll bet nothing ...
Audio 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.
Subtitles 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 stop. 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!
Having 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.
My 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!
I need subtitles fully to be able to understand the film. I wear a cochlea implant, so I can hear parts of the film and some dialogue but when it comes to taking it off, subtitles are vital to any television or films to me.
My son is blind and would benefit greatly from having more described movies. Please consider doing this- it would impact many lives in a positive way!
I 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.
Hearing loss is not just loss of volume, it is also loss of clarity of sound. Volume in the cinema is adequate, but usually I cannot understand what people are saying without subtitles. Induction loop can produce a clearer sound so that I can understand the dialogue better, but the amplified volume has the effect of muffling the loop sound, so I am back to not being able to hear the spoken words clearly enough.
Keep 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!
I need the subtitles to enjoy film. It is not worth going without the subtitles as I cannot hear, and therefore cannot really enjoy the film.
Movies all have so much background noise and music these days that even people with perfect hearing have trouble and frequently miss great swathes of dialogue. Normally at the most crucial point. This is a great service for those of us who want to enjoy every minute of the film they have chosen to see. Thank you. Diane
Very 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.
I can't and refuse to watch a film without subtitles.
Growing 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!
My boyfriend is deaf and I love for us to go to the cinema together
My grandmother was blind; she missed so much. I don't want that for a friend's daughter in this day of technology. Until we "see" as they see, we don't understand. More AD please. The blind population deserve as rich an entertainment experience as everyone else.
Saw "East is East" and loved it - when I could just about hear. I'm now profoundly deaf, have to have subtitles - but "West is West" doesn't appear to be available anywhere with them and I badly want to see it.
I love watching subtitled cinema won't go otherwise as I'm deaf.
Really need subtitles else I just fall asleep
I use subtitles but can follow films without. However my partner is profoundly deaf and always requires subtitles. We do not visit cinemas unless subtitles are being provided
Going 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.
I 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.
I AM PARTIALLY DEAF, AND I ENJOY WATCHING MOVIE. BUT IT MUCH BETTER FOR ME IF THE FILM IS SUBTITLED. SO I CAN FOLLOW THE FILM AND ENJOY IT.
My daughter is hearing impaired and has now started to show interest in cinema. Being danish we have subtitles for foreign-language programmes in Denmark. So really appreciate your effort of keeping track of subtitled cinema. A big Thank you.
I have been profoundly deaf since the age of 16 owing to TB Meningitis.I used to go see French and Asian films with English captions and saw some great films. Then when I got married my husband learned to finger spell and would spell almost every word of the films we went to see.
This entailed him spelling into one of my hands. You can imagine that we did not see much of the film, so were thrilled when subtitled cinema was developed. Before my husband died 7 years ago we were able to enjoy several cinema outings. You can't begin to understand how much it meant to me to enjoy the jokes at same time as hearing people. Keep up the good work it is much appreciated
Fab idea, my 7yr old loves films and subtitles help him get the most from the cinema experience.
Subtitled Cinema? I find them wonderful and many other deaf people in this area agree.
More more more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Particularly useful for me if actors have accents ! I dont bother to go and struggle to follow as soon as film comes out if I know it will be available later with subtitles.
I 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 !
I can hear some speaking, but really need the subtitles so that I can follow everything clearly
Need subtitles. Even with highly visual movies I know that I'm missing out. If I miss the movie at the cinema with subtitles I will wait for home DVD. This is isolating. My brother is hearing and can go whenever he wants with anyone he wants. I can't.
Subtitles and induction loop. Without these I cannot understand hence the lack of attendance at the cinema.
Delighted to have subtitled film showings. I am secretary of a local hard of hearing club and we would like more daytime showings so we could attend as a group, mainly elderly and/or with mobility and transport problems.
Fantastic 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!!
Subtitled 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!
Must have subtitles as I have no auditory nerve so cannot be fitted with any type of hearing aid.
Love the subs in 3D, subtitles thrown at you!
After 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!)
I cannot follow what the actors/actresses are saying unless I can read the subtitles.
Main reason I goes to Cinema with subtitles is that I can feel the vibration of the sound and the epic film atmosphere, rather than to disturb my neighbour.
A great night at the cinema belonged to other people, now, thanks to the visionary magic of audio description, it belongs to me too. Last Saturday I went to that all night jammy party with Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) and gasped when Maggie (Anne Hathaway) dropped her vodka and fell to her knees. It's brilliant! Like someone's finally found me a pair of glasses!
My sons girlfriend is deaf and without this site it was fairly hard to know what films had subtitles but this site make it so easy. The fact that they can go to the cinema together makes all the difference. A great improvement for deaf people
Thanks for your email, it was very informative and it helps to understand exactly what the situation is. I am a big fan of yourlocalcinema.com, it is a fantastic resource for Deaf people and you do a great job of raising awareness and improving access to the cinema for Deaf people. Thank you for all your hard work!
Having all that information is really good. You do a fantastic job and I will definitely be in touch with distributors to let them know that there are people out there who want to watch their films and want/need subtitles ! I can't emphasize enough how wonderful it is to be able to go to the cinema again. I would go every day if I could ! Unfortunately we are in a small town and the nearest cinema is an hour away, however we go as often as possible.
After more than 40 years in the infantry and several wars I was eventually diagnosed with Noise Induced Hearing Loss due to the millions of high velocity weapon bangs by my ears and other explosive happenings.
Although hearing aids help considerably I have great difficulty in hearing words and rely on partial lip reading or headphones.
It's wonderful that our son can see films when they come out, with his friends, instead of awaiting the DVD release. Youths with hearing loss have enough problems communicating with their peers without being left out of conversations about current films. Seeing a film may not seem like a big deal to those who can do so whenever they want, but films are an important part of teen culture and a vital part of my son's connection to others. Thank you so much for the experience you make possible for my son and others like him.
Just heard about subtitled films in cinemas, from a friend. It would be great. I avoid going to the cinema because of my hearing problem.
I am so delighted that we are able to get subtitles in a cinema not far from home. Will love going to see those films in the comfort of a nice cinema and the sounds are great
Essential for me to follow any film because I am deaf
I have moderate to severe hearing loss and now cannot follow English or American films so need subtitles.
I will only go to subtitled cinema. I use a cochlear implant and a hearing aid but I still lip-read to some degree. Subtitles take the strain out of listening and allow me to know I've heard the whole script.
I was delighted to hear that this was available. I thought my cinema going days had gone. Thank you!
Audio Description in the cinema has given me the opportunity to enjoy films with friends. It means I can watch and enjoy a film as an equal, feel included and understand what is happening. It would be great if more films were Audio Described in the cinema.
It has been over 5 years since I experienced significant hearing loss, which requires me to wear hearing aids in both ears. Since then, I have been to only a handful of movies, but I was disappointed in the assistive listening devices at most cinemas, because the background noise in most movies makes it difficult to hear the dialogue.
The inability to go to movies has been one of the hardest parts of dealing with my hearing loss and I cannot begin to tell you what a difference subtitling makes in my life.
Just wanted to say "Thanks" . My mum has been hard of hearing all of my life and is now almost completely deaf. She loves films but never really enjoyed or wanted to go to the cinema but hopefully now I can find out which films will have subtitiles and be able to go with my mum and enjoy a film together, Many Thanks.
What I think you are doing is FABULOUS and it is (the timing of cinema viewing) is improving slightly :)
I love films .... but I love films with Audio Description even more. That little extra that makes such a difference!
This is very useful info for my hard of hearing husband. Thanks!
When 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.
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.
It's really good to have subtitles along with the movie, I can enjoy watching it a lot better than I can with a non subtitled movie.
I need full English subtitles to be able to follow a film because without it I tend to get frustrated. That is the reason why I don't bother going to the cinema if it has no subtitles. My partner is hearing and would like to take me out to the cinema for the first time in 3 years so we are able to watch together with sounds for him and subtitles for me.
I have to listen very hard and lip read too. it is hard work and I miss some of the dialogue. I use subtitles on the television at home and would love to see them at the cinema too. I don't go to the cinema very often as it is difficult. I have never seen subtitled screenings of children's films on at times that are suitable for children. I would love it if they could be on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. I am 10 years old.
I 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.
Our family has always gone to the cinema as other families do. Over the years we have grown a thicker skin to cope with glances from other people who don't like the hushed explanations needed to explain parts of the storyline to the boys which they hadn't heard accurately, or at all. In subtitled screenings we have an opportunity to be a community, a mix of deaf and hearing people together, with different methods of communication accounted for. A deaf teenager has been able to come with her younger siblings and the whole family enjoy the film as one. Profoundly deaf parents have been able to bring their young hearing son and enjoy cartoon films that could never be lipread, and laugh about it with him later.
I cannot follow the dialogue without subtitles. I find an induction loop useful but not as good as having subtitles
I 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.
I'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.
Need more hours and days! More on weekends!! PLEASE? :) (I'm hearing, but I'm the wife of a deaf man, and our family likes to go to films together)
I 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.
I would like more subtitled film please - this is the only way I can use the cinema
Fantastic site and campaign - thank you!
No cinema makes it easy to search for subtitled cinema on their website. Glad someone has made this site!
Forget Subtitles - In Japan you have side titles as they read their words downwards.
Not 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.
This is awesome. I'm fortunate enough to not need subtitles or audio description, but so, so many companies overlook the needs of people with any needs other than those an archetypal human might have.
I'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.
Have to have subtitles, no way I would enjoy the cinema without them!
Brilliant 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.
Audio 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.
Without Subtitles, I CANNOT attend a screening at the cinema.
My son won't go if there arent sub's so we havent seen a film out for a long time. we have to wait & buy dvds with subtitles.
I have always been deaf in one ear - and now have almost lost all the hearing in my other ear - always loved going to the cinema - hadnt realised there was such a thing as captioned films until the other day........ Looking forward to seeing films again. :)
Being 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.
I 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.
Brilliant for the family to join me - as they are hearing - and enjoy it more with me being included. Keep it up everywhere.
For 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!!
I an late deafened and this is technology that I use. Those of us with these disabilities are very fortunate to live in this day and time when we can be the recipients of this type of amazing technology.
Who'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!
I am deeply impressed with your efforts to promote awareness for deaf/hard of hearing people..
I now only go to subtitled film showings, although sound is loud enough speech is not constantly clear enough for me to follow a storyline without text.
I 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.
I 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.
My sister and I go to the cinema frequently and used to have to leave our other sister behind as she is deaf. We always use subtitles whilst watching TV, so we're quite used to it. A lot of people watching films at the cinema may be hard of hearing and would be delighted to have access to subtitles.
I use subtitles on the TV all the time, so it will be excellent to have subtitled films at the cinema.
Excellent 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!
Subtitled cinema two words "simply wonderful!".
Utterly fabulous !!!!! only wish my local provided this service !! :-(
My 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!!
I now have bilateral cochlear implants but cannot enjoy cinema without subtitles so can only go if there is a captioned showing of a film I'd like to see on a date I am free!!
I'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!
Plot, 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)
I need subtitles - induction loops/amplified sound do not work for me
Brilliant but would like them on at proper times not assuming that Deaf people do not work. Just love it.
My pupils love it! keep it up!
I 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.
Last week my friend and I went to see a film subtitled at a cinema. It was the first time that I didn't have to sign translations for a movie as it was happening. Thank you for pioneering and encouraging this technology!
My 12 year old daughter, who is deaf, and I have enjoyed being able to go to the cinema rather than having to wait for DVD. Thanks to all who have made this possible! Now that this wonderful service has been offered, I would hate to have to have to go back to my daughter being excluded from the fun afforded the hearing community in going to the movies with friends to enjoy a fun film. Please keep it up!
My husband and I had the pleasure of taking our children to the cinema last weekend. It was just wonderful going with my hearing children and watching a film with them. I didn't have to say to them "Oh, I wouldn't understand anything, please find a friend to go with". I want to do more of these outings with my children so please include me on your email list . Thank you!
I want to share an experience my daughter had. She watched a film at the cinema. This is not a front page story except for her. She told me that she cried and when I questioned why, she said "Because this was the first time in my life I could watch a film in the cinema like everyone who isn't deaf"
There is not enough of it. If it's easy to include surely every major release should be shown at least once locally. I realise that other people who don't want subtitles complain if they go to a screening that has them but for people like my husband who has impaired hearing it's really difficult for him to watch them without subtitles. Moan over!
Delighted with subtitles as i am very deaf and would have no hope of following any film. thank you
I've always had to wait months before I could see a subtitled version of a movie on DVD. But today, being up front with everybody else, I'm finally no different! It's a wonderful feeling.
Awsome! more more more!!!
Splendid experience - Finally I can enjoy a film at the cinema. This is a big step for equal access.
Hi, I just wanted to let you know that our family has enjoyed going to the cinema together. (First time since my older son became deaf 5 yrs ago.) We all saw the movie Harry Potter, the first weekend it opened. We had to drive an hour to get there, but it was worth it. I would hope that we'll have a more convenient location soon. Thank you for giving us the chance to enjoy the cinema as a family.
Fantastic innovation. Did not know it was possible.Enjoyed "Kings speech" at the Vue. Thanks, thanks, thanks.
Have not visited the cinema for years, but will if there are subtitles.
I love subtitles in the cinema. I'm usually quite lost during a movie, unless it is a dvd at home where I can use subtitles.
Subtitled cinema!: love these please keep them coming
Subtitled cinema listings will help my fellow members of the Exeter and South Devon Deaf Childrens Society (ESDDCS) to make more of this type of entertainment. Please keep me updated on the lastest listing. Thank you.
I would like to thank you for your generosity in putting the audio description in the cinemas. This enables the blind community to come out and enjoy themselves. This is all because of someone like you who thought of how we are just normal people, with just a little more accommodation needs. Thank you again you have made a difference.
Access is so important. Everyone sees, hears and feels differently. Very few of us have 20/20 vision, perfect hearing, and 100-percent use of every single part of our bodies. In fact 1 in 4 has a vision difficulty, 1 in 4 has a dexterity difficulty, and 1 in 5 has a hearing difficulty. But even if you don't have any issues regarding vision, dexterity, or hearing, chances are you may know, work with, or love someone who does.
I got so much out of the film by listening to the description. Thank you so much. It was a wonderful experience.
This is one of the greatest things we have had since computer speech. We can now go to see a film and know what's going on. We don't have to turn to our sighted friends and keep asking them "What's happening?"
A brilliant service!
I cannot follow any English language films if they don't have subtitles
I can't say how much it means to me and to my friends that this now exists in our lives!!!! Thank you so very much.
I'm absolutely thrilled to enjoy the wonderful audio description of the Harry Potter movies and will forever be grateful. Please convey my happy congratulations to everybody concerned with making this happen. The writers, editors, voicer, engineers, everybody concerned with bringing the films to life, the cinema companies, Warner Brothers, Wow!
I saw my first ever subtitled film at Bluewater, The King's Speech which was fantastic. The subtitles were clear and kept up with the spoken word. Brilliant. A great experience. I hope to be able to enjoy many more films in this way.
I thought I would try this as I find it difficult to locate subtitled viewings its so frustrating!!
Wonderful to see the subtitled cinema!
thankyou it's great to know i dont have to wait until the dvd comes out to watch it. Thankyou very much Dawn
It's gonna be the first time my life to see subtitled cinema... I was born deaf.
Great to have the option to go to the movies
Just like to say thanks to whoever provides the subtitles, as they are a godsend.
Please make this more widely available!!
I'm writing to let you know how much my son, Andrew 10 years old severely visual impaired, enjoys audio described movies. I enjoy seeing all the facial expression on my son's face, knowing that they would be not be there without the audio description.
I am a blind person and love going to movies. How wonderful it is to sit and listen to a audio described version while not bothering anyone around me with a friend whispering to me what is happening on the screen. Thank you for the continued efforts to keep the pressure on to have more cinemas offer this service.
I just want you to know that I appreciate your emails on movies with audio descriptions. I am owner of an email list for hundreds of visually impaired people and I always pass this information along to them. Your service is greatly appreciated :)
I just wanted to give a GREAT BIG THANKS to whoever thought of starting audio description! Since we found out about it at the cinemas I have enjoyed going SO MUCH with my husband! Before, I would need to talk during a film, disturb other theatre patrons, and still feel frustrated that he wasn't getting as much as he could out of my inadequate description.
Do you have any idea how much it meant the first time we saw a movie and he laughed at the same time I laughed at the action on screen? It was a great gift… It has made a great difference in our "date night" at the movies. Whereas my husband could never enjoy any action or mystery film, he now LOVES them! He never understood before how exciting the action could be.
Require subtitles for easy understanding. Sometimes with background noise within the film or the general audience can make it difficult to understand the movie.
This is a brilliant service – please do keep up the good work!
The youngest of my two daughters has been blind since birth and I am pleased to tell you that audio desciption has greatly enhanced the cinema going experience for my daughter and our whole family. I don't have to lean over and describe the visual events on the screen. She sits happily eating her popcorn and taking in the details of the story she might have otherwise missed. We are very grateful for the efforts producers make to see that their films are available to the blind and deaf communities.
This is a huge breakthrough for me. I was able to experience the film in its full depth. Now my wife and I can go together, and she won't feel the burden of having to explain what's happening -- she can have her own experience. It's marvelous!
I never thought I'd live to see the day where I could pay money to see the same film everyone else is seeing.
The audio description was absolutely amazing! Intricate and vivid, kept me on the edge of my seat. Thank you so much.
It's very impressive. The descriptions flow beautifully and there's no overlap with the dialogue. It's blended so well.
I thought that the writers did a very nice job at picking specific words and descriptions for the action and setting of the movie. It seemed as though the writers were actually there when it was all taking place! The description was absolutely perfect. You could practically feel yourself right there.
I got everything and had the same rich experience as anyone else. This means independence for me.
Not only does audio description add immeasurably to my enjoyment and understanding of the story, it allows my companion to relax and enjoy the movie without having to describe the visual parts of it to me. Also, people nearby in the cinema, who might be annoyed by our talk, however quiet, are spared the irritation.
I 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.
My 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.
I 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.
Hard 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.
Subtitles in the movies are the best!
I 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!
Deaf people can now be part of the story. I used to always lose the plot and wrongly second guess what was happening.
Having 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.
Without captions, motion pictures are just moving lips.
Try also being short. When I find a subtitled film, somebody tall sits in front of me.
When 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?".
I have a friend whom English is her second language so reading the words as they're said helps teach her the language.
A film without sound? pointless! It's the same as a film without subtitles for us deaf folks.
Subtitled 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!
We 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!
I have a nerve deafness which means even if the loop system is in place it does not make the words clearer. I cannot follow films with voiceovers, or off screen dialogue, also telephone conversations, some actors also have very poor diction.
I 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?
Without subtitles we would be lost. Many thanks for allowing us to enjoy the film
Subtitled cinema is wonderful for my disabled niece who has been deaf from birth. She can now enjoy Disney films with her mates!
Thank 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.
I can now laugh with my family and actually know why they are laughing thanks to the subtitles.
Having 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.
A 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.
Christmas 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.
PRAISE!!!! 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.
Being 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.
Without 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"
My 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.
Have you ever been left wondering whether Kate Winslet was asking Leonardo for a 'big kiss' or was it a 'biscuit?
I require subtitles. Which really restricts my cinema enjoyment as there are very few showings that have subtitles. Sometimes I go to the cinema anyway even though I cannot hear the film because I like the cinema atmosphere. But I get frustrated when I am there because I cannot understand what is happening in the film.
Try lipreading Harry Potter without thinking you're going mad! If it wasn't for subtitles I would be questioning my sanity right about now.
Brilliant 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.
I LOVE subtitles at the cinema and never go to a film that is not subtitled now!
This is a fabulous website and hugely useful for anyone with a hearing loss. Thank you for all your hard work. It is hugely appreciated.
I 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.
Very enjoyable when available unfortunatly not a lot of shows so my 9yr old son does miss out while his siblings are spoilt for choice of times , venues , and days in holiday seasons partially hard of hearing adults and young are not taken into consideration. We are thankful that because of the service you provide he can sometimes join the family in watching and having as much joy as everybody else.
Subtitled 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.
My 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.
I 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.
I 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.
My 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.
As 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!
After 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.
Great website. No cinema subtitles make me feel like a second class citizen.
Subtitles 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.
We 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.
Brilliant - 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.
I 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.
I 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.
My 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).
Frustrated 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!
I found it very useful and enjoyable. I don't feel left out, or miss out on anything. It's amazing, the technology.
My girlfriend is profoundly deaf and just loves the cinema. However the times are frequently unsuitable as she works full-time.
I 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.
Having 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!
Subtitled 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.
I love subtitled cinema! Without it I haven't a hope of enjoying the big-screen experience. Have you ever tried lip-reading animated characters?
My 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.
I 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.
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!
Audio described cinema is wonderful because it allows me to enjoy movies and discuss them with sighted friends afterwards.
I 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.
I 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.
For 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.
Subtitles 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.
Thanks as great for deaf people. wonderful for deaf people
Audio 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.
Movies are 1,000% better when I can follow the dialogue.
I'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!
Subtitled 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.
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!
My 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.
Being 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.
It'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.
Ever 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...
Just 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.
My 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.
I 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.
Subtitled 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.
My 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.
I love subtitled cinema because I can share stories about recent films with my hearing friends. Makes a change from being isolated.
For 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.
Subtitled cinema is wonderful because it brings a whole new meaning and enjoyment to watching our favourite films.
Subtitled 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. I know what's being talked about when discussing the film afterwards.
My first experience of a subtitled film in a cinema was an experience I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Subtitled 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.
Nothing 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.
Subtitled 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
My 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
I 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.
My 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.
Sounds a good idea to me. My husband needs subtitles on tv.
I 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"
Love 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.
I'm Italian. Just arrived in London to live. Subtitled films help me to a lot! (hope not forever)
My 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!
First 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.
Wonderful!!! 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.
Today, 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.
Brilliant, my wife has no hearing at at all and has not been able to enjoy the cinema for 11 years.
Having subtitles makes my life worthwhile having a night out going to a cinema!!
Brilliant, can be part of the audience to enjoy the film and absorb my thoughts to experience the thrill, emotions or fear.
It 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.
I 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.
Subtitled 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!
Deaf 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!
I'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.
My 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!
For 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.
I didn't go to the cinema for years and years. From around the eighties I started reading all about upcoming films and got excited about them, but then my Mum told me I couldn't because of my blindness. Years later, Audio Description came along! And there was nothing quite like my first film. It made me so happy!
I just want to thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! I
For the first time in 66 years I was able to follow the dialogue and enjoy it!
I find the subtitles at cinemas VERY helpful. I'm a big film fan, been a member of the National Film Theatre since it opened. For me, going to the cinema without subtitles is a waste of time.
Now you get much fuller access. I can actually talk about films with my friends, and it's great that my hearing daughter and I can watch films together and talk about the film afterwards!
I remember when I was growing up I didn't have the option. When my hearing friends were going to the cinema I felt really left out, isolated and excluded. Now I can go along with my hearing friends, enjoy the action on the big screen the same as everyone else.
It's great! It's really helped me access cinema and film in general
1 in 7 people in the UK have hearing loss, 50% of people over 60 have hearing loss, I enjoy films very much, going to the cinema without subtitles is hopeless.
It's very important. I only went blind six years ago. Before that I had a passion for films. All of a sudden it was taken away from me. Now I can take the grandchildren to see the latest Harry Potter film.
I speak to hundreds of blind people on websites and we're talking about films to each other. We're not out of the loop now, we're back in the circle. We can enjoy films, we can talk about them, what more could we want?
It's fantastic, a lot of deaf people in the community really value this resource. It's made a huge difference to deaf peoples lives.
I'm deaf and hoping to be a film director. I have just been accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Drama and Music to study digital film. Without subtitled films I would not have got interested in film and the media itself.
My husband and I are extremely grateful for subtitles. He is partially deaf and even with hearing aids has difficulty understanding dialogue. I am not deaf, but even I have trouble understanding some English and Australian accents, poor audio and actors that either must whisper or pronounce their words poorly. If you live long enough eventually you will want subtitles.
Audio description not only gives you the words but it gives you the sound effects, the type of music playing, or someone coughing or crying softly. Those are elements that help me to understand things fully.
I'm 77 and I never thought that this would happen. It's great that somebody has done this, has thought about this. It's a great thing for people who can't see. I mean I can see actual actions that are happening. I can hear the commentary coming out at the same time, exactly what's happening.
There's a very well known book in India called Mahabharata. The story is that the King is blind. One of his assistants is sitting beside him and describes to the King exactly what is happening in the war. He's telling him everything about who's doing what, and I never imagined that the movies could be like that! A blind man like me can have this experience. This is a great thing, that's what I'm saying.
Subtitling helps us have the same experience that any other person would have. We used to have to try to lipread, or try to catch what the actors said. Now we get all the information we need to understand what's going on.
Audio description is very good. The tone was measured, clear, useful and seemed to describe relelvant things efficiently. My eyesight's not bad enough that I need most scenes described to me so I didn't need it all the time, but placenames, foreign subtitles and when film characters read things in books, newspapers and scrolls are where AD becomes useful to me.
Years ago action tended to be a tad stilted and characters' lines were delivered with Rada-like clarity, often in Received Pronunciation. Then along came a new trend. Cameras rolled, jumped and jostled to intensify the on-screen drama and microphones struggled to keep up. Key plot developments might turn on a muffled comment, or a piece of dialect indecipherable to outsiders. But no matter, in the eyes of the director - the more authentic the better. Not so in the ears of people with less than perfect hearing, however, which is why subtitles are so important.
Tucking into a bag of popcorn while watching the movie? Subtitles ensure not a word is missed as the sound gets drowned out by the head-echo of crunching!
Subtitles tend to enhance one's viewing experience. Who knows - for all of us one day as advancing years take their toll, they will doubtless become even more indispensable.
Up until a few years ago, I couldn't watch any film that was even slightly scary - but then I went deaf and discovered subtitles! In the cinema, a typed threat of "suspenseful music" followed by a "piercing scream" and "muffled footsteps" became watchable. Long live subtitles, I say!
I am partially deaf and it is difficult for me to pick out what is being said at the cinema especially when someone speaks fast or when there are several conversations going on in the background. Before subtitles I tended to lipread on what was being said and therefore had to stay very focused in case I missed a word. For me, subtitles are a blessing and really help me understand the plot of movies, laugh at comedy shows, enjoy animated movies with my kids and so much more. I would like subtitles available on every movie so I can enjoy them with my family when we watch together.
My wife is Belgian, and when she first moved over to the UK subtitles helped her to understand what people were saying. I've since picked up the habit, and we rarely catch at film at the cinema without them.
Cinema subtitles are also invaluable for people who are not completely fluent in English, often being able to clarify what they're hearing by reading the subtitles. I know several foreign people for whom they make a huge difference and it improves their English too
Subtitling has made a trip to the cinema a far less stressful experience for me. Film makers seem to think that my viewing pleasure will be increased by having blasting explosions or techno music playing over the top of muffled dialogue! Now I just give up on trying to hear more than 1 word in 3 (I have 25% hearing loss) and rely on subtitles to fill in the gaps.
None of our family are deaf, but I've had some hearing problems in the past, and my daughter has speech and language problems. Any help with understanding is always useful. Quite frankly we have given up on cinema without subtitles. we only go if it's subtitled.
Being 'hard of hearing' I depend on subtitles completely - they're marvellous.
I have been profoundly deaf since 1953 and a very keen campaigner for increased subtitling on all media. I have carried banners to Parliament, spoken to MPs many times, campaigned with the RNID, and for my involvement I have been awarded the British Empire Medal. We NEED Subtitles to enjoy films.
I have problems hearing and am reliant upon a hearing aid directing all sound into one ear to catch several pieces of information clearly. Sometimes it's as if there is massive amounts of background noise in places where a voice should be. I find that I am very dependant on subtitles for cinema films, it makes my life a lot easier.
I haven't got a hearing impairment but feel that subtitles enhance the viewing, and I don't see it as a hinderance.
I watched subtitles on children's movies at the cinema when my daughter was learning to read. She loved being able to read along with her favourite characters!
In France, I was a member of the select group who will always go to see a film with subtitles, in its original tongue (be it English, Italian, Japanese...) I moved to the UK nearly 11 years ago. My English was fine, however, I struggled with dialogue thanks to loud, booming films at the cinema. Over time, my understanding of English has improved, but subtitles are still so useful when there is noise around, they also sometimes help concentrating on the film I am watching. I really miss them when they are absent.
Subtitles are of great use for foreigners living in England and who find it easier to read English than listen to it spoken very quickly.
I love subtitling! For me, it gives me a better understanding of the film. One of the many reasons why I do not buy pirate DVD's is the lack of subtitles. If a DVD has no subtitling - I think twice about the purchase. For most American films subtitling is a must - especially where the leading actors' have a southern drawl!
The overloud background music, ambient noise levels on the set and actors indulging to the full in "the method" makes subtitles necessary for me. I am sure the film producers will rebut this by saying it adds to the realism of the programme, but frankly I would rather hear and understand!
My wife and I tend to watch subtitles where possible, although neither of us has a hearing problem. The quality of diction is often so bad that it is difficult to interpret the mumblings. And it appears to be compulsory for all spoken word to be accompanied by such raucous "music" that it is often impossible to make out what is being said!
I use the subtitles for two reasons: 1) I find some accents very difficult to decipher 2) My girlfriend will usually want a "conversation" while I'm trying to watch a film at the cinema…
As one of those who use subtitles because of a hearing problem, I appeal to cinemas to reduce the volume of the surround sound mix. Often important dialog is drowned out by the music and background audio.
Without subtitles I would not have been able to understand half of the dialogue in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. especially Golum's lines! (precious!)
I think there ought to be more films with subtitles available at the cinema. I thought they would be off-putting but the only time I really noticed the subtitles is when the deaf guy sat in front of me laughed - he was a fast reader and had got to the punchline before the actor did!
We often try to catch movies with subtitles, as the dialogue is often pacy and sometimes the Americanisms difficult to decipher. I've also found it useful for continuing to understand the film when the person sitting next to me is on the phone!
I only attend cinema when the film has subtitles, much to my wife's annoyance, I may not have to if actors learned to speak clearly.
I suffer slight hearing loss through mild tinnitus, and find subtitles invaluable to pick up the nuances of dialog. I just wish there was more.
I am one of the millions of UK people with good hearing that uses subtitles. I am by no means an addict, and don't require them to be present to enjoy ALL films, but for certain movies (ala Quentin Tarantino's films with fast paced conversations) it has revealed long-hidden dialogue between the actors, and a film can be enjoyed with "fresh ears" one more time.
I know some people that make use of subtitles in cinemas nowadays so they can actually tell what's going on over the clamour of noisy teenagers!I find them helpful, as I miss some words due to the "accent" issue (yes, yes, I know I'm the one with the accent!!!)
Subtitles in the cinema actually help my family to learn English and increase vocabulary. Seeing and hearing things are the best way to learn. So the taboo " subtitle for deaf" should be thrown out and should be used to develop oneself more.
I find subtitles useful when the background (so called) music in some movies is too loud tending to obscure the words, especially where the voice is quite soft. The background noise is often quite annoying.
Another reason to use subtitles is to learn a foreign language. Kids these days watch films to death, and know every line. By watching with subtitles kids can learn a foreign language, and catch the nuances of the language at the same time.
My partner Anja (who's German) finds the subtitles helpful to decipher the broad dialects (!) of the English language, just as I find watching German subtitles when in Germany assists my understanding of the language.
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