Accessible cinema provides social benefits such as equality, inclusion and community integration. It has made a huge difference to the lives of cinema-goers with hearing or sight loss. Here's some feedback from people who have discovered - or rediscovered - the joys of cinema-going, thanks to subtitles and audio description - judge for yourself what a difference it makes:
Back in 2001, when I was 10, my Dad and I enjoyed the first of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the cinema. For a few years, our big screen Middle Earth experience and a pizza afterwards made Christmas complete. When it was announced that The Hobbit was to be made into a film, my dad and I looked forward to re-living our old Father-Son bonding day. Since then I've become almost totally deaf (thanks meningitis). I'm lucky to be alive so mustn't grumble but one of my worries was missing The Hobbit at the cinema with my Dad! So I'm writing to say thanks really, to whoever made it so that we can still enjoy the films together. We saw the first Hobbit film with subtitles on the weekend it was released and saw the second one also with subtitles. It was just SO enjoyable a film. We're really looking forward to the final one.
Last night I thoroughly enjoyed a film for the first time in my life. The film was Gravity. I had heard it "looks fantastic", "amazing visuals", 'spectacular", all descriptions that are not very useful to person with severe sight loss. But I'm a space-buff, I just had to catch it on a huge screen. I've seen IMAX space films before I lost my sight, so kind of knew what to expect. For Gravity, all I could see on the cinema screen were black and white blobs and mis-shapes of various sizes. But that's more than I can usually see in a film. The contrast of the white suits of the astronauts floating around the black of space made the film clearer than any I've seen in a long time. But without the audio description explaining what was going on the story, with its many long dialogue-free scenes would have been lost on me. It was absolutely gripping. I was on the edge of my seat! I really felt like I was up there with the characters. It was a wonderful experience.
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Just got back from subtitled INTERSTELLAR. I went with my girlfriend who unlike me is NOT deaf, and she said THANK GOD IT WAS SUBTITLED! because a lot of the dialogue was muffled. Maybe the cinema sound was too boomy, or maybe the director is a bit deaf and thinks it sounds good when it's really loud? Amazing film, loved it, would have totally lost without subtitles.
Brilliant. Will help me to follow the plot as I miss so much even with hearing aids. I am still trying to understand interstellar a week after!
It was wonderful to see the Imitation Game with subtitles on the big screen this weekend. I live around where the code breaking was done.
Subtitled cinema is wonderful and has been a long time coming. I lost my hearing in 1954 when I was 12 and for 55 years have been denied the pleasure of cinema. I cant believe it has been so long!
Ah, Star Wars returns in 2015, I can't wait. This new trilogy better have subtitles because I've lost a considerable amount of hearing since the last one! I watched the original trilogy in the cinema with my Dad when I was a kid, and watched the next trilogy with my kid. I could take my grandchild along to the new ones but he's only 2, probably a bit young.
I am very used to silence, expecially at night when I remove my hearing aids for a good night's sleep. I saw Interstellar last weekend and although I'm profoundly deaf I thought it was way too loud. My skull was vibrating! When the film cut from loud spacecraft interiors to the silence of space (very Kubrickian 2001), for once I was able to appreciate and enjoy silence. It was quite beautiful.
my son is profoundly deaf and hears with bilateral cochlear implants - it is so much easier and relaxing for him to see a film with subtitles - i wish there were more showings!
Love it. Makes watching films enjoyable rather than struggling to try to hear.
@ActionOnHearing Looking for subtitled versions of films now out? Check @yourlocalcinema website! (tweeted to 15,000 followers)
Thanks for this initiative, I was feeling I would never had the chance to enjoy a movie in the cinema, only DVDs or BRs.
So glad to find this site. Been in a battle with cinemas to try and get them to improve their sites so subtitled films are easier to find. If you don't know when they show them its really hard work!
Praise to have subtitled cinema
My blind father and I went to see The Imitation Game last month and it was such a pleasure to see him as moved and entertained as he was throughout the movie. He said the audio description was like listening to an audiobook, except with the wonderful talents of Benedict Cumberbatch and his fellow actors. I’m so glad that he can still enjoy seeing films .
We went to see Interstellar on Monday - fantastic. The Island has suggested if young people from Sign Hi Say Hi! Fylde Wyre and Blackpool Deaf Children's Society want to see a particular subtitled film to email them a few days in advance and they will do their best to show it - no promises but such a positive attitude.
Apparently there was a lot of fuss over Judes Laws terrible Scottish accent in Black Sea. Didn't bother me, couldn't hear it, just read the subtitles and got lost in the film...
About to watch Interstellar at the cinema. Had to take time off work though as no subtitles any other time! Better than being at work tho!
Horrible Bosses was hilarias and I'll catch Horrible Bosses 2 this weekend with captions. Want to see if Jen has stil got it!
@hunkin_24 @yourlocalcinema fab site love it, have sent it to my friend so she can see what's on at the cinema for her mum, thank you 4a fab site 👍☺️
Hey, can you please find out whether Jurassic World would have subtitles on 27th November 2014? Also please subtitled the trailer as well, if that's possible? Emilie
Very excited to think I'm going to be able to enjoy Mr Turner at Odeon Maidstone on 16th November.
Myself and my husband took our six year old girl (profoundly deaf) to see Paddington in the cinemas we were absolutely delighted to see her laughing along with the rest of the children in the audience. Subtitles in the cinema will be such a huge boost to her social life as she grows up they’ve allowed her to learn every single word to Let It Go!
Get Santa was rubbish, with or without subtitles it would have been rubbish. They ripped off my idea about Santa going to jail. Mine was called 'NICKED'. Much better title!
If you are hoh/deaf, check out @yourlocalcinema - fab website to find subtitled films in your local cinema 👌that site is my life! #sohelpful
I went to see Interstellar, having been such a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s last films. As a deaf boy of 19, the much vaunted sound of his films are completely lost on me; so I’m glad that the subtitles were there to let me enjoy the story at least! It’s such a great experience knowing that I don’t have to wait six months longer than my friends to see the big films, and I can leave the cinema and go to the pub and talk all about it with them.
More subtitled film please also can you include subtitles in the elderly screening. Quite a few of your elderly customers are deaf or hard of hearing. Thanks
Watching Fury with Brad Pitt as a mad tank officer brought back memories for me. The reason I now go to subtitled showings is because tanks and guns blew my eardrums in Iraq. We had a guy just like him but far uglier. He used to think he was the hardest soldier out there but I saw him sobbing once.
Mr. Turner would have been completely lost on my wife and I if it wasn’t for subtitles. We’re both deaf, having met and bonded at art college over thirty years ago. This film was the culmination of a life spent loving movies and art and we finally got to share both of our huge passions together in the cinema. Thanks!
Amazing audio description. My family are visually impaired and we all absolutely love and very much appreciate audio description. Please keep it coming, it makes a massive difference and we really really appreciate it. I used to fall asleep in films before audio description came along because I would completely lose the plot. Now I love films and love talking about them and TV programmes with friends and colleagues. Thank you for all the effort and work that makes this happen. Catherine.
Going to see HungerGamems Mockingbird subtitled tonight! My boyfriend is hearing and he says that he needs subtitles to as President Snow hard to understand what he's saying most of the time
Fantastic! ! Means I can follow the plot of a movie instead of only half understanding it. Well done!
Guardians Of The Galaxy was a really good movie, and I loved Rocket the most. Because I am blind I couldn’t see him properly but everything he said was really easy to imagine because of the narration in the background. I really liked it and cannot wait to get the DVD for Christmas to hear it again!
Am I the only deaf 50 year old man who enjoys the Tinker Bell films on the big screen?
I'm blind, have optic nerve hypoplasia, audio descriptive films help me to experience films. There's no other way.
I have just found your website and am excited to go to the cinema again as I have profound hearing loss
I went to see the latest Hobbit film at Kingston Odeon with my mum at the weekend. She's 72 now and as deaf as a post but still drags me along to catch a subtitled film most weeks. Apart from the disgusting spiders, which I couldn't watch, the film was amazing. I can't believe what they can do in films nowadays, it seems anything is possible. Anyway without the subtitles my mum wouldn't have had a clue what was going on and to be honest neither would I and I'm not even deaf!
I just can't lip read Smaug the dragon in the Hobbit so well done for adding subtitles I'd be completely lost without it
Nice to be able to take my daughter to see a subtitled version of Paddington in Plymouth. It would be better if it was at a weekend or after the children have broken up for Christmas. Many Thanks
Went to see Mandela in Eagles Meadow Wrexham last week with subtitles. Fantastic. I love the cinema but struggle to hear cos of my deafness. My husband would like us to visit more often but because I struggle to hear I tend to dread going but this was brilliant as I followed every step of the film and we both had a lovely time.
Saw The other Woman last week and it was great! It's the first time in 4 years I have been able to go to the cinema with my friends. I have really missed it. I am looking forward to more outings now! Thank you. Want to see The Love Punch.
I've found the correct place to ask of ALL DAYS AND TIMES to go watch Hunger Games. With Subtitles please as I'm not just Deaf, I'm Totally Deaf.
Quick question: If you are hearing (not hearing issues), went to see a movie and the cinema put the subtitles on, would it be an issue?
@ad_1980 I hate how my local cinema only does one subtitled showing #moreaccessibilityplease #deaf
I have just seen 12 Years a Slave which I thought was brilliant ... Subtitles make an enormous difference to the complete enjoyment of the film ... thank you for all your efforts on behalf of the all "the hard of hearing" brigade. Going to see Robert Redford's latest film next week which has subtitles, although ironically hardly any dialogue. The main thing is to keep on going to the cinema. With many thanks
Please increase the number of subtitled films - it so wonderful for hard of hearing people to be able to enjoy films too>
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!
Imagine you are given a book to read that everyone is talking about, except that all of the text except for the dialogue is blacked out. How much of the story would you grasp and understand? This is what it is like for a person who is blind experiencing a film that is not described.
Look forward to MORE subtitled films! especially kids ones so I can join in with my family!
Thank you for providing this service - I have started going back to the cinema since I discovered your website, and I have persuaded my deaf 86 year-old mum to do the same!
My 12 year old son needs this. Let's him be included
It is very useful, however, I don't think cinemas show subtitles enough. There needs to be more chances to watch subtitles cinema.
I watch TV programmes with subtitles but have never watched a film at the cinema with subtitles. I would love to see the 'The Imitation Game' with subtitles and came across your website whilst searching!
I'm in San Francisco, CA. I think it is so cool that you have this option in the U.K. and Ireland. I don't believe this option is even available in the states. I typically watch my DVDs with the subtitles on and it helps immensely. It must be a God-send to those who are hard of hearing and seeing to be able to have this option for first-run films in the theater. This is a great idea however, it would be nice if you made the times more accessible for a lot more people. Great stuff! Keep it up!
thank you for informing us of subtitled movies each week, I enjoy going to captioned movies.
Wonderful... At last someone has been listening. There should be more more and much more of these. I have not been to a cinema for the last seven years since having to wear two aids which I find of no use whatsoever in watching a film or seeing a show. I have miseed out on all the latest films, as as a pensioner can not afford to keep buying DVDs
Brilliant as wife never been to cinema in her life and now she has been twice both kids films with our 5 year old lad but she loved it.
Now that there's subtitles a trip to the movies will never be quite the same for my dad, who is hearing impaired. He's just seen 'Non-Stop'. The subtitles made it possible to follow Liam Neeson's violent exploits. No more guessing what movies are about. It costs more, but we do like the cinema popcorn, instead of microwave popcorn and a pirate copy at home.
If film distributors exclude deaf people in the UK then we need legislation to force them to subtitle all films. The Equality Act 2010 is insufficient for this purpose as distributors are not direct service providers to the cinema going deaf public. It must be addressed otherwise this problem will not go away. I have seen in the past 10 days Mandela, 12 Years A Slave. The Railway Man and Last Vegas but why should someone decide for me that I cant see American Hustle at the cinema unless I go to USA!?
As a film student, film is my life. I love everything about cinema, but when I lost my hearing I was unable to watch a majority of films. Subtitled showings allow me to partake in my love...
Leber's congenital syndrome is a condition that has made me blind. Thanks to the filmmakers that have considered me when making their films, and the cinemas for giving me the chance to watch those films.
I have only seen 1 subtitled movie with someone I support in the community, we had such an enjoyable time, I wish Southend would show these films more often !!
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.
Too many showings are during weekdays, which rules out people who work full time. Not all deaf people are older and retired but that seems to be the perception.
What a marvellous experience. My husband and I are both hard of hearing and hadn't been to the cinema for years. We went last week for the first time and now hope to be regulars at our local cinema.
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.
Thanks for the great service
Haven't been to a subtitled film yet but , as a person with severly impaired hearing, I am very excited at the prospect! Great site thank you.
Can't wait to see "The Book Thief" @ Majestic Cinema, Bridgnorth with subtitles on the big screen 1st time I'll get all dialogue in decades!
thanks. We use you guys to figure out which showings we can go to see.
what a brilliant idea but why do cinemas assume if you are deaf you do not work and shows are on weekdays during the day?
my daughter has had a stroke and has Aphasia so subtitles are ideal.
My son would love to see Hunger Games with subtitles.
In August 2013 I began losing my vision and in November I was registered as legally blind after being diagnosed with a rare genetic eye disease. I am 19 years old and before this, I had wanted to be a film journalist. As you may have guessed, I love films -I went to see one at least once a week and wrote reviews on them. But what I wanted to talk about was that films with audio description are mostly big budget films in mainstream cinema. I used to watch a lot of independent, arthouse and foreign films. However, there seems to be next to no audio description for these kinds of films. I have not yet seen one. There are many foreign films which have English subtitles but no audio description such as The Act of Killing and Blue is the Warmest Colour. Will there ever be support for these kinds of films in the future?
Absolutly brilliant - we didn't ever go to the cinema as a family because my daughter who is 8 could not enjoy the experience as she is deaf, but now it has opened up a whole new experience for her and us as a family.
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 life.
As a film buff, I would love to see American Hustle with subtitles anywhere in Central London one day. Please let me know when it is available. Once again many thanks for providing a weekly list of subtitles films which saves me a lot of time from browsing several cinema websites for any subtitles.
Whilst yes it is great that there are some films subtitled out there, there are just not enough of them. Often it is a showing during the day when you are at work or there is just one showing, miss it and you miss out.
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!
There dont seem to be many sustitled films in Peterborough, I have to drive an hour to Milton Keynes
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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"
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.
Should be more available as im partially deaf as well as lot of the people in the world
I went to see Les Mis last Wednesday. Nottingham Cineworld were very welcoming, and the audio description was fabulous. The headphones were very comfortable to wear and very simple to use. Although the songs explain a lot of the film, I would have been very lost without the a.d. as it jumped several years in parts and with all the extra information I was able to follow it well. Thank you for your help, and I look forward to seeing further films in the future.
I've struggled with musicals for years because without 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. The subtitles put me in the characters' heads. The storyline would have fallen on my deaf ears without them. I felt Fantine's pain from her song. I fell in love with Hugh Jackman's unwavering words of unconditional love. Subtitles brought this movie to life.
I have both glaucoma and cataracts and wouldn't, couldn't go to the cinema wthout audio description. It's wonderful.
It appears that the chances of something being audio described are relative to whether it has a full theatrical release, its mainstream popularity outside of geek culture, and how frequently it pops up on TV. It's a pain but unfortunately that's reality.
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.
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.
For some films, the AD enhanced the film so much for me that I left the cinema feeling I had appreciated more of the details and characters within the film than my sighted friends, as the AD includes so much more sometimes than what you see in terms of describing things. When it is offered, it makes the cinema visit a truly open and wonderful experience for the blind, especially with today's high end digital surround sound systems.
Often at inconvenient times and never enough showings!
78 year old mother keen on subtitled historical drama cinema
Not enough places and why only one or two nights a week.
I am hard of hearing and unless films are sub titled I am unable to go. nobody should be excluded from going to the cinema because of hearing loss. More choice should be available. Than You.
I'm deaf and I'm SO happy I am able to watch films that have subtitles!
We are so happy have film subtitled which help a lot because we are deaf couple thank you.
Hi I'm currently on holiday in the US and, out here, many cinemas have either Caption Viewers or the Sony Digital glasses which show subtitles just for that viewer. I have now seen 4 films and really enjoy being able to do what many people take for granted in going to the cinema. Why does the UK not implement the same thing and well done Sony for pioneering this technology.
Love what your doing for the hearing impaired xx
More subtitled cinema please!
My 13 year old daughter is desperate to go to the cinema, like her friends, but as she is deaf it is a waste of time as she cannot follow what is happening. We live 45 minutes from Plymouth and often subtitled films are on too late in the evening.
I think is a really good idea. I'm Spanish and I love to go to the cinema and at the moment, this is the way to can do it!! Thank you very much!!! :)
A great idea.
We occasionally go to the cinema for a subtitled film because my husband has become quite deaf. I can manage with hearing aids. We have I am sure people who are hard of hearing would appreciate subtitles because of mumbling actors
I think audio description is great, without it I find it hard to know what's going on. Some people can go without audio description, me? I can't for most of my movies and other things I watch.
I usually rely on audio description for movies I haven't seen yet. If its a movie I've seen several times, for example, the goonies, then I don't need it. Hell, I don't even need it for transformers anymore. But movies like batman the dark knight rises and the like are kinda better with audio description. Another reason why audio description is good is because sometimes the comedic elements aren't portrayed via sound, so you need the audio describer to tell you the comedic element you may have missed. Also, sometimes theres certain points that help with letting you know what happened to reduce confusion. For example. In batman: the dark knight rises, the special agent cocked his gun, and the describer didn't say anything. Now I know, one of Bane's henchmen didn't sneak up behind the agent and pull a gun.
Great to be informed when's subtitled films is on.
Audio description... until some years ago I allways wanted to know what's happening in the movies, you can't understand everything that's happening. the setting, how the characters look like, and many more things are important in a movie not only just the plot.
Very new to needing subtitles. Rapidly lost my hearing in 6 months and am unbelievably frustrated by the lack of subtiitled performances. This website has been a huge help as they're also not easy to locate on cinema websites.
Very important for deaf people
It's frustrating that most cinemas still offer audio descriptive films most days of the week but still only offer subtitled films once or twice and often the same film is repeated. Don't even talk to me about Sky who still cannot provide downloaded tv with subtitles!
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.
Will be good for me never been to cinema since becoming hard of hearing
Wonderful being able to go out to watch a film but up to half an hour of trailers / adverts with no subtitles is very frustrating!!
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.
I haven't visited a cinema since I lost my hearing in both ears 10 years ago. It's frustrating when people invite you to go the cinema and they don't realise that the hearing aids I have just pick up background noise. I would love for my local indepent village cinema to have subtitled films.
An absolutely vital service for deaf peoplelike me. Thank you very much! Films are enjoyable again.
My father suffers from macular degeneration; seeing light and shade and blurry figures. My local cinema in Edinburgh helps blind people enjoy the cinema.
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.
Subtitles. Opening up a world of cinema I would normally be cut off from.
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!
It is Brill and really helps deaf people understand more
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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 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.
This fantastic website has reintroduced me to the cinema. Saw first film in 5 years on Sunday. Highly recommended.
my wife and her friend are both profoundly hard of hearing and therefore only visit the cinema when they know the film is sub-titled
I'm not deaf myself but I think that every film should be accessible to everybody. I work for a disability lifestyle guide and have written an article saying as much.
Many of the audience of subtitled films are elderly and deaf, so it should not interfere unduly with the hearing audience. After all there are many performances they can attend without sub-titles.
essential for cinema visiting to be at all possible with hearing loss.
Too few cinema's cater well for people with hearing loss and the loop system is not enough when a film relies heavily on its dialogue. I have only just found your website, used to doing the searches for myself, so thanks for saving me the time and effort ( and frustration!)
I am a Registed Disabled Deaf person : subtitles are essential to full understanding.
I am deaf and love to go to the cinema now beacause they've got subtitles, now it's brilliant!
Cinema is one of the few things we like to do, out of the house (most don't listen to music/radio/clubbing)
Why should we be excluded from watching a film? We should be treated equally as hearing people! It is nice to communicate with both hearing and deaf people about a film you watched. I love watching films and find I watch a lot at home but it's nice to go out with friends and socialise about a film we seen.
I am a lady, 73 years of age and have always loved films and going to the cinema, ever since I was a child, Now I am paying dearly for old age as I am losing my hearing and find it impossible to watch films without the sub-titles.
There should be more subtitled films. This is a very handy site.
Surely in the 21st century subtitled films should be commonplace, but of course they are not!!!!
As my hearing loss is so severe I can only enjoy films with subtitles.The Hard of Hearing Group I attend regularly follow the subtitled presentations at our local Vue cinema. Keep up the good work it is appreciated.
You know, I love going to the cinema as much as the next person but as I am hard of hearing I find it extremely difficult to pick dialogue without subtitles. The louder it is the more difficult it is. But one day, just one day I'd love to go on a Ssturday night, like normal people, with my friends. I have been subject to discrimination and not been allowed the same level of access as my hearing counterpart. Why?!?!?! One in seven people rely are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing and most of those may rely on subtitles.
I only come to the cinema when a film is subtitled as I am profoundly deaf. It has been amazing to have the films subtitled and I do appreciate it.
I really need subtitles on every film otherwise I am out of the loop. Please can every film be subtitled. Thank you
Without subtitled cinema my husband and (me being now partially deaf) simply cannot go to the cinema together. After 36 years of marriage and regular cinema goers, losing this service, when a particular film is not available subtitled, is another blow associated with hearing difficulties. No doubt the people making this decision were the way I was until I lost hearing in one ear ie take full hearing for granted! I can tell you that if we cannot both go to a subtitled film, my husband won`t go alone, so a lost ticket sale...it`s not rocket science, go figure the financial loss where a couple both can`t go so I know from personal experience that in this day where the technology is available, coupled with an aging population, this need will only increase. This is disability discrimination!
[A film not available subtitled] is yet another example of the casual discrimination and thoughtlessness that make our lives much harder than they need be.
I would love to go to the cinerma more often but I find the headphones are not suitable for me as I am profoundly deaf with only 10% hearing but to read subtitles is okay. It would be great for me if you could supply me with information about what film are on each week with subtitles.
This is absolutely brilliant for those people who have a hearing loss. Nice atmosphere. want to meet friends for fun to watch cinema.
This is a great service for the hearing impaired! Thank you so much.
I am deaf love go cinema now beaucse there got sublet es now its brilliant
Direct Access @EqualityAct2010 Your website is a godsend as our #deaf surveyors like to watch cinema films with subtitles when surveying away from home @yourlocalcinema
Hello I enjoyed cinema which had subtities on last week at odeon in new street Birmingham. And watched " dawn of the planets of the apes" now I wld like watch another good movie but with subtities as I'm deaf and want to enjoy it with my hearing partner so I love take my 5 and 2 years old grandsons with me to watch " how to train your dragon2 ".
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.
@BFI Helpful website @yourlocalcinema lists subtitled listings for people with hearing loss (tweeted to 200,000 followers)
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@thehearinglib Wolf of Wall St: what a film! Big thanks to @vuecinemas Leeds for showing it w subs this wkend; super comfy seats too :-D @yourlocalcinema
English-language subtitled/captioned cinema! yourlocalcinema.com
@ODEONcinemas visit @yourlocalcinema for subtitled listings for Dark Knight Rises (tweeted to 32,000 followers)
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I am deaf and this is the 1st time that I and all my deaf friends get to enjoy the cinema. Well done all at odeon.
More subtitled films please!! I love watching films :) It helps to have subtitled films so we can have the full benefit :)
We go Sundays and I'm deaf so subtitles are great
Wish they would put loop system on as well!
PLease please can we have more 3D subtitled cinema viewings in Doncaster, I would really like to see Dawn of the apes in 3D!!!! Miserable deaf person
@ClaphamPH Dec 19 Our #subtitled screening for the hard-of-hearing today is SAVING MR BANKS starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson at 6pm. @yourlocalcinema (tweeted to 6,000 followers)
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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.
Subtitles are essential for people with hearing problems, otherwise we simply cant go to the cinema . This web site is so useful, well done.
Thank God, I have given up going to the movies. Glad I can return
More of these, please!
I'm improving my English, and i love going to the cinema but i'm not yet able to follow a film in English. Subtitles would be great for me!!
My husband and I love captioned movies very much, and PLEASE keep it up!
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.
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. Seeing it on the BIG screen with subtites was an amazing experience.
Both my parents are deaf, so having a cinema with regular subtitled shows nearby has allowed them to see new releases. Also, it's allowed us to spend more of our time together as a family.
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 15,000 followers)
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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.
To hear a little bit of extra detail as I watch a film is a hugely enriching experience. The audio description is unobtrusive, informative and engaging. It helpfully tells me who people are, which elegantly overcomes my biggest problem with film. Just as in real life, I struggle to recognise people when they appear, or 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 spend the film failing to tell them apart. And the narrator pays a great deal of attention to how people communicate wordlessly, particularly with their eyes: 'Duroy looks at Madeleine with a mixture of sorrow and resentment'; 'Clotilde's eyes flash with hatred and contempt' (Bel Ami). 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 it was so important nor that people could pass messages in that way. I wonder how many silent conversations I've missed by not knowing that they were even going on in the first place. As I left the cinema I felt oddly bereft. I was already missing my invisible friend interpreting the sighted world for me through my headset. How illuminating it would be, I thought, if audio description existed in real life and not just at the movies.
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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!
Great for all my family who are hard of hearing
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.
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!
Very usefull for my son who is deaf
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.
Wonderful facility for hard of hearing people. Interested to see Gravity with subtitles
If there are movie subtitles during week days for the latest movies please do let me know as I have a profound hearing loss. I am glad I stumbled upon your site by accident and found it very valuable.
The only way to enjoy a film is when it has subtitles. Please provide more at my local cinema.
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
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! :)
I have lost my sight. You think I can't enjoy the cinema? Imagine the scariest film you know, only SCARIER!
Hi there, I am a totally blind person living in Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire. I have tried to research, with no avail, where my closest cinema that provides audio description for the Blind in visually impaired is located. Please could you notify me as to where I can go to watch a movie with audio description. This would be extremely helpful. Also, could you assist me in trying to get my local cinema to provide audio description. This would be excellent!
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.
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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'm Totally Deaf and if more were available I wouldn't hesitate to watch films at the Cinema and also many at my Deaf clubs have said the same.
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!
Just what I was looking for!
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 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!)
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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.
Movies are not only for an entertainment, it also motivates the learners to learn language.
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.
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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!!!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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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And here is a selection of the outpour of anger and disappointment when a film is NOT made accessible to people with hearing or sight loss. All comments below refer to the film 'American Hustle'.
American Hustle, one of the biggest films of the year, has been entertaining US & UK audiences for weeks now. With an impressive ten nominations it's currently leading the Oscar race alongside Gravity and one nomination ahead of 12 Years A Slave. Thanks to its amazing all star cast, incredible Seventies style and Christian Bale's truly awful comb over, the film has been described as one of the most entertaining and hilarious films of the year. But hearing impaired Brits certainly aren't laughing. In fact, due to the fact that no subtitled version of the film has been distributed in the UK, many people with hearing loss feel that they've been conned out of a valuable movie going experience
One of the films with the highest demand is currently inaccessible for people with hearing impairments … It seems like an extraordinary oversight not to be providing a subtitled version of such a major release. It is generally the norm for most big box office movies to receive at least a small number of screenings with a subtitle track. Current releases like 12 Years A Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf Of Wall Street all have subtitled versions, yet American Hustle does not. The fact that a subtitle track exists and is being used in US cinemas makes things even more peculiar. One would assume that simply using this would suffice for UK audiences. Surely hearing impaired viewers would be able to put up with the tiny differences in the English and American languages in order to see the film. Wouldn't the occasional 'Zee' where we would put an S or the lack of a U in words like colour (let's call them what they are – spelling mistakes) be worth enduring in order to see Jennifer Lawrence aggressively dancing around the house in a pair of marigolds? There seems to be a simple solution here but still, there aren't any subtitled showings
This is a really popular film which has been nominated for an incredible 10 Oscars, including best actor/supporting actor nominations Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence … Every film should be accessible for everybody. The Equality Act applies to anyone who provides a service to the general public - whether it's a small corner cafe, a Michelin Starred Restaurant or a Multinational Hotel.
I was wondering why American Hustle has not appeared on your listings schedules? Please obtain the subtitled version of this film - our friends have said that it is a complicated story so you can't afford to miss anything - the subtitles would overcome this problem. N Jablonski
I have complained to my local cinema managers at VUE and ODEON but both state it is not their fault that they are not showing American Hustle. I depends on what is sent. Therefore le Weekend was only shown in 4 cinemas across England, and as the target audience were probably of a certain age with hearing loss, did not target the right market. Im really annoyed about American Hustle so will have to wait for DVD, now just waiting to see if the new Meryl Streep film is the same. How can we improve this, would assume technology might allow subtitles on all films but hidden unless you wear special glassess like 3 D, well i can dream.
To whom this concerns I am not pleased that my husband and I are being denied access to American Hustle in the cinema. Please can you ensure that subtitles will be made available for this film. Ruth Craig-Murphy Newcastle upon Tyne UK Sent from my iPhone
I'm surprised and disappointed that the UK version of American Hustle does not allow for the possibility of subtitles for the hard of hearing. I would like to know why this is the case, when the version shown in the States has this option. Regards, Jodi Myers
Hello, We would love to see American Hustle with subtitles. We can't believe it isn't on offer in the UK, especially as it is up for so many awards. Please bring it over to the UK. Kind regards, Vicky and Bill Bennett
I would love to see American Hustle which is getting rave reviews at the moment and mentions of awards etc. The fact that I am Deaf and living in the UK means I can't?! When Deaf US audiences have had access to subtitles, that does not make sense!!! Come on film people! Get your act together!
Hi Please forward this on to whoever is responsible. One of the hottest most anticipated films to come out in recent times. Comments from friends – "You need to see it it brilliant" "Awesome" "Very good film, be a mug not to watch this" The comments above made my mind up that I want to see this film when it comes out on subtitles. Imagine my surprise and disgust when I found out it does NOT include a subtitle track and UK cinemas cannot show it with subtitles. Thanks a bunch to the directors or whoever is responsible for this idiotic decision. Watching this on DVD will not be the same (Thats if you decide to put subtitles on DVD). Please reconsider this decision and have it available in the UK with Subtitles please. Yours in hope Douglas Ker
I very much appreciate the subtitling of current popular films and feel very left out of the conversation about them if I have not been able to see them because of the lack of subtitles.Is there anything that can be done to make sure the above film can be accessed by deaf people including myself? Yours truly, Joan Barnard Sent from my iPad
I lack hearing and would love to see a subtitled version of American Hustle at my local cinema in London. A deaf friend in America has had that chance. Why is there not a version available in the UK. Why ever not?
American Hustle It is unacceptable to be screening films in the UK without the subtitle track when it it in fact published and available. This is discrimination against the deaf and hard of hearing community. Totally scandalous. Does the distributor feel that this film is somehow unsuitable for the deaf community to watch?! Thanks and best wishes Sarah Maynard Worthing UK BN147HY
Dear Sir/Madam, Please could you let me know why American Hustle is not going to be audio described in the Uk? The only way in which my family and I can enjoy good movies is if it is Audio described. I am very disappointed. Please could you reconsider? Kind regards, Cindy Peacock.
I'd made plans to go and see American Hustle with friends when it became available with subtitles. We won't be going now we know there won't be any subtitled showings. Please let the distributers know that this decision has lost them some very disappointed customers! Best wishes, Sophie Meekings
Hi, Could you please pass on to the film distributors my immense disappointment that the award film 'American Hustle', which I've been particularly looking forward to comng out will not be available with AD!! For blind people, this is normally a fantastic addition to the film that at very least matches our complete enjoyment, and sometimes gives us an even better experience of the film than the sighted. Please do let them know that there is an increasing demand and we rely so much on the cinema and DVD releases to provide the audio description, and so maximum entertainment of films. This clearly is certainly a film that would have deserved the extra effort in to allowing blind cinema fans to enjoy audio description, and I'm just sorry I won't now be able to appreciate the reasons for it being Oscar nominated now. Kindest regards, Brian Anthony Tel: 07446944545 Cheshire, UK
Hello, As someone with profound hearing loss, I completely rely on subtitles to watch films and programmes. As a keen movie-goer I find it frustrating when films - especially those that have been heavily nominated for awards - are shown without subtitles. Please could arrangements be made to show American Hustle with subtitles so that we can enjoy it at the same time as those with no hearing difficulties, rather than having to wait a few months for the dvd to be released. Thank you. Mrs Sharn Sandhu Selex ES Ltd
The Irish Deaf Society is disappointed to note that 'American Hustle' will not contain a subtitle track for its Deaf and hard of hearing viewers. The Irish Deaf Society promotes equality for all its members and is disappointed that even in 2014, the Deaf community still misses out. Whilst the IDS recognises the increase in subtitled movies and which they are welcomed; they are limited and not always available. We do hope you reconsider subtitling 'American Hustler' and all future films for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Ireland.
Why has the Film distribution service for American Hustle decided to discriminate against all film goers with hearing impairments? We need subtitles to access films. American Hustle has a subtitled track in the States – but not in Britain. I am frankly horrified at this decision. I thought the film industry was becoming more inclusive – and in line with Equality Legislation - but not the distributors of American Hustle in Britain, clearly. I can't believe the film makers or actors of this Oscar nominated film wanted us to be denied access to their film. So – distributors – please get your act together and distribute the subtitled version of this film to all British outlets forthwith!
I think it's incredibly unfair, and I really would love to see the film- I was so excited to see it & the advert looked amazing. Now, I see the film has got critical acclaim, and it saddens me I cannot see it. I am a 16 year old girl, so all of my friends have been to see it, but I cannot even attempt to see it- I need the subtitles. Subtitled cinema has changed my life, but what I really want is to see American Hustle- it looks like it could potentially be one of my favourite films- however I have to wait for the DVD, which is in fact, discrimination. Thank you for taking the time to read my email. Grace Redwood Sent from my iPhone
I have been waiting very bemusedly for subtitled listings for American Hustle and am now extremely disappointed to learn it is unlikely to ever be shown in UK cinemas with subtitles. How come US audiences can see it with subtitles but we can't? I would love to see the film, but being profoundly deaf, I shall have to wait until it is released on DVD. Very disappointing state of affairs and one that could have been easily avoided. It is yet another example of the casual discrimination and thoughtlessness that make our lives much harder than they need be.
My boyfriend and I have been wanting to see this film since we saw it advertised. So to learn that it's not coming out with subtitles it's very upsetting and quite unacceptable. Another example of the film industry being behind with the times! Not happy at all!
To it May concern I am a weekly cinema attender would go more often if funds allowed, however i have a hearing problem which increasingly causes problems with watching movies. At home I use the subtitles all the time, and now only visit subtitled versions or forieng films which are automatically subtitled. It is already difficult to see films as not all have a subtitled option, so ive been informed by my two local cinema managers and is all the fault of the distributor. Please can i request you recondiser your decison not to have Amercian Hustle with a subtitled version as this is a film i would really like to see, yours hopefully Agnes
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I am outraged that any film is released without the availability of a subtitle track but especially a major film like this that is Oscar nominated. If distributors continue to exclude deaf people in the UK then we need legislation to force them to subtitle all films. The Equality Act 2010 is insufficient for this purpose as distributors are not direct service providers to the cinema going deaf public. It must be addressed otherwise this problem will not go away. I have seen in the past 10 days Mandela, 12 Years A Slave. The Railway Man and Last Vegas but why should someone decide for me that I cant see American Hustle at the cinema unless I go to USA!?
My hearing loss is such that I find it very hard to hear then dialoguie in many films. It would help me enormously if there was a sub-titled version of American Hustle . Without it I will have to wait until the film is available on TV of DVD. While that is a price I have to pay, it is hardly fair that my wife will also have to wait Leon Kreitzman
We were really shocked to understand that American Hustle has been released in the UK without subtitles! For a film of this quality to be released without subtitles is a real affront to equal opportunity laws! Esther Conway Mother of a deaf teenager Please pass it on
Why should we be excluded from watching a film? We should be treated equally as hearing people! It is nice communicate with both hearing and deaf about a film you watched. I love watching film and find I watch a lot at home but it would be nice to go out with friends and socialise about a film we seen. Kirsty Goater Accounts Strutt & Parker LLP Aberdeenshire AB31 5YJ Direct Line +44 (0) 1330 826826
I am furious that deaf cinema goers in the UK are being discriminated against by the distributors of American Hustle. I suggest their CEO purchases a set of earplugs and then goes to the cinema and watches this film.... Not much fun when you can't hear it is it? Regards Susan Redland Sent from my iPhone
Hello I am writing to express my concern that the Oscar nominated film 'American Hustle' was not made available for deaf cinema goers in the Uk. It is very disappointing that the film distributor chose to deny access to these customers. I say 'chose' because there must have been a conscious, positive decision made by someone in the company not to acquire the subtitled track, and consequently fall short of expected customer service standards. Please pass my comments to those concerned. kind regards Barbara Beckles
Please can you try to et the distributor to join us in moving forward and enable cinema for all, the deaf and the partially sighted.? Discrimination should be a thing of the past. Thank you Caroline Court....deaf due to m.s. Sent from Samsung tablet
Hi, My partner's deaf, and we love to see the subtitled films together. One of the ones she was really keen to see was American Hustle, so we're very disappointed and angry that such a high profile film will not be available with subtitles. Kind regards Annie McDowall Chief Executive SHARE Community Ltd London SW11 1JL Direct Line: 020 7 801 9817
Without subtitled cinema my husband and(me being now partially deaf)simply cannot go to the cinema together.After 36 years of marriage and regular cinema goers,losing this service is another blow associated with hearing difficulties.No doubt the people making this decision were the way I was until I lost hearing in one ear ie take full hearing for granted!I can tell you that if we cannot both go to a subtitled film,my husband won`t go alone,so a lost ticket sale...it`s not rocket science,go figure the financial loss where a couple both can`t go so I know from personal experience that in this day where the technology is available,coupled with an aging population,this need will only increase.This is disability discrimination!
I am profoundly Deaf and would like to see the film American Hustle. Having seen the reviews, I am quite keen to attend and enjoy it. However, I have heard that the UK version of the film does not feature subtitles which does not allow access for the Deaf Community of the UK. The US cinemas has subtitles for their Deaf Community and they will find out that their International Deaf Communities are not receiving access to their own US films, this will have an impact on the film's distributor and create friction. I am all for full access worldwide and would be really grateful if you could share this and fight for access in the UK. Best Wishes, Paul Newbury
Cannot believe that yet again Deaf and hard of hearing people are being discriminated against. This film is a worldwide success, with 10 Oscar nominations, and is essentially art, not just entertainment. How can you possibly justify not releasing this film with a subtitle track? The mind boggles.
I am horrified to hear that this film will not be available with sub-titles. I am very hard-of-hearing and depend on sub-titling, so I shall be unable to view "American Hustle", which would have been a real treat. Big thanks to your organisation and to all the film-producers and cinema managers who do such good work in making sub-titled films available. Rachel Cottrell (London).
No subtitles track on American Hustle You know, I love going to the cinema as much as the next person but as I am hard of hearing I find it extremely difficult to pick dialogue without subtitles. The louder it is the more difficult it is. I also work full time so I don't often get the opportunity to see films when they are subtitles, as most cinemas often display them at silly times that prevents me from going. Like 5pm on a Tuesday...hello...I finish work at five! My ' local' cinema often shows a film with subtitles about 8pm on a Monday or Tuesday which is helpful. But one day, just one day I'd love to go on a Ssturday night, like normal people, with my friends. Anyway the main reason for writing today is the that I had learnt that the Amercan Hustle was released in USA with a subtitle track, and thought the same would happen when it was released in UK. I thought "great! maybe I can go and see it when I want and fitting in with my life". But no....it's been removed on release in UK. Yet again I have been subject to discrimination and not been allowed the same level of access as my hearing counterpart. Why?!?!?! One in seven people rely are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing and most of those may rely on subtitles...surely that's enough of a demand to warrant keeping the subtitle track? Please feel free to pass on my frustration to the appropriate people/organisation who were responsible for musing this unthoughtful decision. Regards Therona Goldsmith Sent from my iPad
I was very disappointed that American Hustle wasn't provided with subtitles for the deaf cinema goers in the UK. I would be grateful if you would consider providing the film with subtitles in the UK, it was a big disappointment to many deaf people when it was realised we couldn't go to the cinema to see a major award winning film. Regards Mrs Maria Capp Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
American Hustle Disappointed that this is NOT available with subtitles in cinemas; are the distributors, producer, director and actors happy to shut out 1 in 7 of the population of the UK? I shall boycott it, out of principle. Shame on them. Paul Kempton
I am HUGELY upset and disappointed the above Movie in the UK is not being shown with SUBTITLES. Apparently there are no such problems in the US? A very bad decision on behalf of the Film Distributor. I would appreciate receiving some feedback. Thankyou. Kind regards SHARON MERCER
My brother needs subitles to watch this film. Ofcom force TV companies to show subtitles. Why don't we just get them to cover cinema films too? Start a petition! There are currently 13,000 names on a petition to force LoveFilm to subtitle all its films. If film studios won't do it we'll take them to court! Little disabled kids against the big rich film industry. Wonder who'd win?
American Hustle Hi, As hearing impaired people, we want to be able to view this, and every film, with subtitles. It is unacceptable that people are discriminated against in this way. Film makers should be aware of the increasing numbers of ageing populations who now and in he future would provide revenue for their industry and should strive to cater for their needs ( or everyone loses out, including them). Ms Oswald Sent from AOL Mobile Mail
I am very disappointed that the U.K. version if this film does not carry subtitles. This is not acceptable when subtitles are already available. I regularly watch subtitled films and have noticed that far from being the only one or two people a few years ago watching a subtitled film that many more people are watching them these days. It could be film or location of the cinema or they are shown at popular times. Best wishes Jane wilmot London w12 Sent from my iPad
Hello re American Hustle I think its appalling that the film has no subtitles provision and yet the distributors are able to do that in America. The film has had so many great reviews, oscar nominated and has some actors that i enjoy and would like to watch. I think that the UK deaf cinema patrons deserve to have this subtitled and don't understand why we are losing out.
I am disappointed to learn UK cinema's will not be screening the film with subtitles. Why do the deaf or hard of hearing have to miss out. Hearing loss affects a large proportion of the population in the UK with cinema numbers falling I would have thought they would need all the customers they could get through the doors. C. Whitehead Sent from my iPad
Why do you think so many deaf people download pirate copies of films??? It's the only way to watch them subtitled!!! All the films are out there and the subtitle files but we don't want that do we? or have to wait for the DVD. People want to watch American Hustle at the cinema eating popcorn like everyone else. Get it sorted!!!
My name us Christopher Liversidge , I a very disappointed that hustle does not gave subtitles , my friends and I love going to the cinema ,to watch films with subtitles, we usually have to wait until the cinemas put the films on , never when they first gone out ., now they are deciding not to put subtitles completely disgusted. Sent from my iPad
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It is ridiculous that UK film goers have no chance of seeing American Hustle with subtitles. All films showing in UK cinemas should have subtitled performances so hearing impaired people have equal access to culture and entertainment. Thank you, Mary Ann Hooper
Ever since the film American Hustle have been released, week after week in have been checking this website for subtitles viewings - only to find out that you've not provided the subtitles. Why does US get the subtitles and not UK? You have eliminated us as a whole - very very disappointing.
Absolutely disgusted American Hustle will not be available at all with Subtitles in the UK. It is already the case that I have to scour showing times and cinemas in quite a long distance from my house to get to see any new releases, but to be told that this film will not be accessible at all to deaf people is disgraceful!! There is no technical reason that the showings can't be subtitled especially as it is possible in the USA. Please can you pass on my moans to the distributor and advise that I and other deaf patrons are sick of being treated as second class citizens! Thank you Janet Carr
As an avid movie watcher who never downloads movie for I love the cinema experience; I am bitterly disappointed to note that American Hustle will not be subtitled for its Deaf Irish and UK audiences, Attending the movies is a visual treat and only accessible when they are subtitled, I sincerely hope this will be rectified Sent from my iPhone
I am very disappointed and surprised that I am not to be able to see American Hustle as I am profoundly deaf and rely on captioning to be able to go to a cinema to see the latest releases. It would seem it is one of the best films to be released in the last few weeks and I was looking forward to being able to see it for myself. In spite of my hearing loss I am normally able to see all films that I want to see through the excellent captioning available in the UK. Could you please pass on my great disappointment and frustration to the distributors that they are discriminating against a large percentage of people by not allowing captioning of this film. Carol Fender Sent from my iPad
Hello, about American Hustle in the UK without subtitles. This is ridiculous. Yes, I am partially deaf but I'm only 50 and have been partially deaf for 10 years. It is not just old people that are deaf. I would love to see American Hustle in the cinema and have actually been waiting for it to come out. My three daughters have been so excited and we were all going as a family. We won't be able to now. I would really appreciate it if you could pass on my email to the relevant source. Kind Regards Carol Jamieson
As a film student, film is my life. I love everything about cinema, but when I lost my hearing I was unable to watch a majority of films. Subtitled showings allow me to partake in my love, and I have eagerly awaiting for one for American Hustle. The fact they do in Anerixa make it more un bearing and I don't want to wait for the DVD.
I think it is an absolute disgrace and blatant discrimination against the Deaf that not all films are subtitled for our enjoyment, particularly big releases like American Hustle. Not only are we, the Deaf community, missing out by having to wait for the DVD release, the studios are stupidly kicking themselves in the foot: If they released these films with a subtitled track, then they would be generating more box office income by having a larger number of cinema-goers seeing these films that includes us! Sort it out.
Oh for gods sake the last time this happened for the Riddick film I had to download the subtitle file to my phone and read the subtitles on my phone whilst watching the film and it pissed off the people behind me. It's stupid that almost every other top film is subtitled except this one. (http://www.opensubtitles.org/en/subtitles/5473778/american-hustle-en if anyone needs it)
Re: Subtitled cinema - American Hustle? Dear subtitled cinema I am disappointed that subtitles are not available for this movie. Perhaps we can find out why ? As that might help to find a solution to why the uk version does not have subtitle tracks. I would gladly assist if you need help. Kind regards Kamlesh parmar 07884317705
I only come to the cinema when a film is subtitled as I am profoundly deaf. It has been amazing to have the films subtitled and I do appreciate it. Two concerns though :- 1. Subtitled films are always shown at obscure times as if we are not worthy of being shown a film at the normal time of 7.30 or 8pm and 2. American Hustle is not being subtitled at all, can you please tell me who makes the decision what will be subtitled and what wont. Thank you for reading this.
Dear Film distributors, Please can you make American Hustle in the UK with a subtitle track? I find it quite hard to hear things clearly and really prefer to watch films with subtitles. I am a frequent cinema goer but generally only go to the subtitled showings. Many thanks William Fuller Bristol
Why is this film American hustle not subtitled??? It could be the film of the year with all the nominations and yet you deny us subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. Do u turn the sound off or put another language dubbed in so hearing people can then see how lucky they are being able watch a film at any time and at any place with ease! All films should be subtitled no matter what- why deny deaf people their right to understand and enjoy a film through a simple method called... SUBTITLES!!! People want jobs- due a recession, train them to type subtitles for a film and there's a job done! Simples..... Sent from my iPhone
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Hi. I would be glad to see American Hustle available with subtitles in Northern Ireland and the UK! Can't believe we are even denied this opportunity in the first place? What happened to equality for all!!? I hope this email reply helps! Brenda. Sent from my iPhone
I am very disappointed to hear that the subtitles are being removed for the irish showing of American Hustle. Many people with perfect hearing do not have any problems with watching a movie that has subtitles and are happy to know that this service is available for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. This subtitled service opens up the cinema to a wider customer base which would lead to more bums on seats!! jean doorley Sent from my iPad
Hi. I am profoundly Deaf and would like to see this with subtitles. I can not find one here in UK that has access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers. I am thoroughly disappointed. I hope to see it someday on the big screen. Thank you Antony Rabin
As a film buff, I would love to see American Hustle with subtitles anywhere in Central London one day. Please let me know when it is available. Once again many thanks for providing a weekly list of subtitles films which saves me a lot of time from browsing several cinema websites for any subtitles. Cheers Robin
As my hearing loss is so severe I can only enjoy films with subtitles. I am disappointed that American Hustle is not being made available with subtitles in the UK. The Hard of Hearing Group I attend regularly follow the subtitled presentations at our local Vue cinema. Keep up the good work it is appreciated.
All films distributed now should be shown with subtitles. There are almost 10million people in the UK with hearing problems, many of whom rely completely on subtitles for films and TV. Can the producers of films afford to ignore such a large audience?
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I am hard of hearing and I would love to see the subtitled American Hustle in England. If I do go to see it, then I will probably miss half the dialogue without the subtitles! Kind regards Rose Johnson Sent from my iPad
I'm hoping to see American Hustle especially since it's been raved with great reviews and award nominations but I'm disappointed to find out there won't be any subtitles provided for this film in UK for deaf viewers like me and even more that US have no problem showing it with subtitles. Like many deaf viewers, I'd most appreciated if you change this. Cinema is one of the few things we like to do, out of the house (most don't listen to music/radio/clubbing) but lack of subtitles is a problem at cinema. Hope one day that'll change.
I've been logging on regularly and not understanding why no cinema nearby has been showing American Hustle with subtitles! I would really like to see it. Thank you very much for the service you provide, Kate Pilcher Sent from my iPhone
I am really disappointed (but at the same time thinking 'typical'!). Please forward my email as I would have liked to see this film at the cinema. It just shows that UK is still a long way behind America in terms of disability access. Regards Christine McPherson Sent from my iPad
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