Going to the cinema
Watching and chatting about films is often a big part of a child’s life and growing up. It shouldn’t be any different for children who are deaf, but all too often they are unable to enjoy watching films in their local cinema at great value prices like their friends, which can leave them feeling upset and isolated.
In May 2013, The National Deaf Children's Society approached the Cinemas Association with the idea that cinemas should cater for deaf children and young people during their weekend clubs where tickets are discounted.
Since then, we have worked with Cineworld, Vue and Odeon cinemas, all of which are now showing subtitled films during some of their weekend children's club screenings. Check the Cineworld, Vue and Odeon cinema websites for details of listings: www.cineworld.com, www.myvue.com and www.odeon.co.uk.
See below for more details
Prior to this work, deaf children and young people were unable to benefit from any weekend children's value ticket screenings like their hearing friends and siblings. None of these showings were subtitled meaning that they were restricted to full price subtitled screenings which are not always regular, and not always suitable for children.
In subtitling Movies for Juniors, KidsAM and ODEON Kids films, Cineworld, Vue and Odeon cinemas will be providing an equal service for deaf children as hearing children, following the National Deaf Children's Society values that deaf children and young people should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other.
During June - September 2013, Cineworld piloted a subtitled screening at each Movies for Juniors session at ten trial sites across the UK. This was the first time that any cinema had shown subtitles during children's weekend value ticket screenings.
Now, at participating branches there will be a subtitled film every weekend and during school holidays there will also be screenings every weekday morning. The films are suitable for children to watch and at pocket money prices!
Visit www.cineworld.com from the Tuesday before each weekend to find out what film is showing that week and to book tickets.
Tickets cost from £2.00 or from £3.50 for 3D showings, and can be booked online or on the day. Anyone can attend, the ticket price is the same for all the family. Adults must be attending with a child or young person age 14 or under.
Not all films may be showing at your local Cineworld, please check cinema page for full listings.
Vue cinemas will be showing a subtitled film on the second Sunday of every month at every Vue cinema nationwide* as part of their Mini Mornings performances.
There are over 80 Vue cinemas across the country - have a look to find out if there is a Vue cinema near you!
Visit www.myvue.com from the Tuesday before each second weekend of the month to find out what film is showing that week and to book tickets.
Tickets cost from £2.49 for all the family. All children under 8 need to be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) and all adults need to be accompanied by a child age 12 or under.
*except West End and Piccadilly Circus in London.
At Odeon Kids you can see a film every Saturday, every Sunday and every day during the school summer holidays. Tickets start from only £2.50
Visit www.odeon.co.uk to see what subtitled films will be screening over the next two weeks at your local branch.
Your Local Cinema.com
The Your Local Cinema website is a website which lists subtitled shows around the UK.
You can access the main website by clicking on the logo above or going to www.yourlocalcinema.com.
Please contact the cinema beforehand to check that the subtitled screening is still on.