Irish cinemas show accessible movies

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Friday, 7 August 2015 10:08am

Ireland’s largest cinema chain, the family-owned Omniplex, which owns 22 cinemas across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, will start screening open-captioned movies on Monday evenings. The chain is also running captioned and autism-friendly screenings on weekend mornings.

Four people seated in a cinema with popcorn and drinks in hand

In the press release announcing the new program, Operations Director Mark Anderson said, “We believe very strongly that cinema should be accessible for all… the addition of subtitled (captioned) and sensory screenings is the next step to making Omniplex Cinemas the most accessible cinema chain in Ireland.”

The Monday evening screenings will start between 6pm and 7pm and early bird weekend screenings will start between 11.30am and 12.30pm, depending on the location. The initiative was set up after consultation with the Irish Deaf Society and organisation DeafHear.

A large number of cinemas in Northern Ireland, including the Omniplex chain, also have audio described screenings.  The listing for these screenings can be found on the UK-based Your Local Cinema website.

More information about accessible cinema in Australia and access to accessible trailers can be found on our Access to cinema page.

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