Audio Description at the cinema

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Good News for Film Fans

Have you ever sat in the cinema feeling frustrated because you couldn’t follow what was happening on the screen, or had to have someone sighted sitting next to you trying to whisper information about the film you’re trying to watch? All this is on the verge of being ancient history, thanks to a recently developed system which delivers audio description to visually impaired cinema goers and subtitling to a deaf audience.

Audio description is delivered through a headset, which is provided when you collect your ticket (you may have to pay a small, returnable deposit). The audio description will be running whenever a film is showing, so you should be able to attend any screening of films with audio description, and sit anywhere in the auditorium, just like anyone else.

It's a good idea to always phone the cinema before setting out, to make sure the film you want to see is showing in the same screen as the equipment, otherwise, even though the film may have audio description, you won’t be able to hear it if it's in the wrong screen.

Below is a list of all participating cinemas with telephone contact details.

During 2004, audio description was rolled out in a further 78 cinemas in England, part funded by the Film Council. Once this is completed, one in seven cinemas will be accessible to blind and partially sighted people. Warner Brothers have commited to describe all their films in 2004 and 2005. We are already seeing some of these descriptions going through onto the DVD release.

Question: My local cinema has three screens that are Audio Description enabled, but they only show films with Audio Description for two weeks. Why is that?

The three screens have the infra-red headphone transmitters fitted, and the necessary wiring to the projection room, but the actual audio player is shared between the screens. It is therefore moved around according to what films are on in which screens to try to provide a wide range of Audio Described films.

List of Audio Description enabled cinemas

TownBrandAddressPostcodePhone
London
ActonRoyale Leisure Park, Western Avenue, Park Royal SouthW3 0PA08712 240 240
BarbicanBarbican Centre, Silk StreetEC2Y 8DS020 7638 8891
Bethnal Green35-47 Bethnal Green RoadE1 6LA020 7613 7498
BrixtonBrixton Oval, Coldharbour LaneSW2 1JG020 7733 2229
EdmontonLee Valley Leisure Complex, Picketts Lock LaneN9 0AS0800 138 3315
FulhamFulham Broadway Retail Centre, Fulham RoadSW6 1BW08712 240 240
FinchleyGreat North Leisure Park, Chaplin SquareN12 0GL08712 240 240
GreenwichBugsby WaySE10 0QJ0800 138 3315
Islington36 Parkfield StreetN1 0PS08712 240 240
Leicester Square22-24 Leicester SquareWC2H 7JY0800 138 3315
Marble Arch10 Edgware RoadW2 2EN0800 138 3315
Portobello Road191 Portobello RoadW11 2ED020 7908 9696
Shepherds BushWest 12 Shopping and Leisure Centre, Shepherds Bush GreenW12 8PP08712 240 240
South Woodford58 - 66 High RoadE18 2QL0800 138 3315
StratfordTheatre Square, Salway RoadE15 1BX020 8555 3366
WandsworthSouthside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth High StreetSW18 4TF0871 200 2000
West End3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester SquareWC2H 7AL08712 240 240
West End40 Leicester SquareWC2H 7LP0800 138 3315
West End19 Regent StreetSW1Y 4LR0871 220 6000
West HampsteadO2 Centre, Finchley RoadNW3 6LU08712 240 240
West India QuayHertsmere RoadE14 4AL0871 200 2000
Queensway (coming soon)WhiteleysW2 4YL0800 138 3315
WimbledonThe Piazza, The BroadwaySW19 1QB0800 138 3315
England
AccringtonTheViaduct, Hyndburn RoadBB5 1QF01254 306660
Aldeburgh51 High StreetIP15 5AU01728 452996
AltrinchamDenmark & Lloyd StreetWA14 2WG0871 220 6000
AshfordEureka Entertainement CentreTN25 4BN0871 200 2000
AylesburyExchange StreetHP20 1UR0800 138 3315
BanburyHorsefairOX16 0AH0800 138 3315
BarnstapleCentral Cinema, 77 Boutport StreetEX31 1SR0871 230 3200
Barrow in FurnessHollywood Park, Hindpool RoadLA14 2PW0871 220 6000
BasingstokeFestival PlaceRG21 7BB08712 240 240
BathKingsmead Leisure Complex, James Street WestBA1 2BX0871 22 44 007
BirminghamStar City, Unit 29, Watson RoadB7 5SB08712 240 240
Birmingham139 New StreetB2 4NU0800 138 3315
BirminghamCannon Hill ParkB12 9QH0121 440 3838
BlackburnPeel Leisure and Retail Park, Lower Audley StreetBB1 1BG08712 240 240
BlackpoolRigby RoadFY1 5EP0800 138 3315
Boldon Tyne and WearAbingdon Way, Boldon Leisure Park, Boldon CollierNE35 9PB0871 200 2000
BoltonMiddlebrook Leisure Park, The Link Way (Off Mansel Way), HorwichBL6 6JA08712 240 240
BostonWest StreetPE21 8QH01205 363634
Bournemouth27 Westover RoadBH1 2BZ0800 138 3315
BracknellThe Point, Skimped Hill LaneRG12 1EN0800 138 3315
BradfordLeisure Exchange, Vicar LaneBD1 5LD0871 200 2000
Bradfordoff Little Horton LaneBD1 1NQ0870 7010200
BradfordGallagher Leisure Park, ThornburyBD3 7AT0800 138 3315
BraintreeFreeport Leisure, Charter WayCM77 8YH0871 200 2000
BrightonKingswest, West StreetBN1 2RE0800 138 3315
BristolThe Venue, Cribbs Causeway, Merlin RoadBS10 7SR08712 240 240
BristolAspects Leisure Park, Longwell GreenBS15 9LA08712 240 240
Bristol7 Northumbria DriveBS9 4HL0845 1662381
Bristol1 Canon's Road, HarboursideBS1 5TX0117 927 5100
BromboroughCroft Retail & Leisure Park, Welton RoadCH62 3PN0800 138 3315
Burgess HillCypress RoadRH15 8DX01444 243300
BurnleyHollywood Park, Centenary Way, Manchester RoadBB11 2EJ0871 220 6000
BuryPark 66, Pilsworth RoadBL9 8RS08712 240 240
Bury St EdmondsParkwayIP33 3BA0871 200 2000
CambridgeThe Grafton Centre, East RoadCB1 1PS08712 240 240
CambridgeLeisure Park, Clifton WayCB1 7DY0871 200 2000
Canterbury43-45 St George's PlaceCT1 1UP0800 138 3315
ChathamDickens World, Leviathon Way, Chatham MaritimeME4 4LL0800 138 3315
ChelmsfordKing's Head WalkCM2 6FH0800 138 3315
CheltenhamThe Brewery, Oxford Passage, St Margret's RoadGL50 4EF0871 200 2000
Cheshire OaksThe Coliseum, Coliseum Way, Ellesmere Port, South WirralCH65 9HD08712 240 240
ChesterfieldAlma Leisure Park, Derby RoadS40 2ED0871 200 2000
ChichesterChichester GatePO19 8EL0871 200 2000
Christchurch51 High StreetBH23 1AS01202 499199
CleethorpesKings RoadDN35 0AQ01472 290100
Clevedon46 Old Church RoadBS21 6NN01275 871000
CleveleysJubilee Leisure Park, The PromenadeFY5 1LB08712 240 240
ColchesterHead StreetCO1 1NH0800 138 3315
Coleford14 High StreetGL16 8HF01594 833331
CoventrySkydomeCV1 3AZ0800 138 3315
CrawleyUnit 1, Crawley Leisure Park, London RoadRH10 2LR0871 200 2000
Croydon14 High StreetCR0 1GT08712 240 240
CroydonValley Park Leisure Complex, Hesterman WayCR0 4YA08712 240 240
DagenhamDagenham Leisure Park, Cook RoadRM9 6UQ08712 240 240
DarlingtonNorthgate, Co. DurhamDL1 1RB0800 138 3315
DartmouthFlavel PlaceTQ6 9ND01803 839530
DerbyMeteor Centre, Mansfield RoadDE21 4SY0800 138 3315
DidsburyParrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow RoadM20 5PG0871 200 2000
DoncasterDoncaster Leisure Park, Herten WayDN4 7NW08712 240 240
DudleyThe Merry Hill Centre, Brierley HillDY5 1SY0800 138 3315
DurhamMillennium PlaceDH1 1WA0191 332 4041
EnfieldSouthbury Leisure Park, 208 Southbury RoadEN1 1YQ0871 200 2000
Epson14B – 18 Upper High StreetKT17 4QJ0800 138 3315
ExeterSummerland Gate, Cheeke StreetEX1 2DD08712 240 240
Exeter51 Bartholomew Street WestEX4 3AJ01392 435522
FarehamUnit L4, Market Quay, 3 Vannes ParadePO16 0BX0871 220 6000
FelthamLeisure West, Air Park WayTW13 7LX0871 200 2000
GatesheadRussell Way, Metro CentreNE11 9YZ0800 138 3315
GuilfordBedford RoadGU1 4SJ0800 138 3315
HarrowSt George's Shopping & Leisure Centre, St Anne's RoadHA1 1HS08712 240 240
HarrowgateEast ParadeHG1 5LB0800 138 3315
HartlepoolThe Lanyard, Marina WayTS24 0XS08712 240 240
HastingsQueen's RoadTN34 1QP0800 138 3315
HatfieldThe Galleria, Comet WayAL10 9TF0800 138 3315
Hebden BridgeNew RoadHX7 8AD01422 842807
HerefordEdgar StreetHR4 9JR0870 1122330
HerefordCommercial RoadHR1 2BJ0800 138 3315
HexhamThe Forum, Market PlaceNE46 1XF01434 601144
High WycombeCrest RoadHP11 1UA0871 4714714
HorshamNorth StreetRH12 1RG01403 750220
HuddlesfieldGalpharm Stadium, Bradley Mills RoadHD1 6PG0800 138 3315
HullGibralter Road, Kingswood Retail ParkHU7 3DB0871 200 2000
HuntingdonTower Field Leisure Park, Abbots Ripton RoadPE29 7EG0871 200 2000
IpswichCardinal Park, 11 Grafton WayIP1 1AX0871 200 2000
Isle of WightCoppins Bridge, NewportPO30 2TA0871 200 2000
Isle of WightStar Street, RydePO30 1UD0845 1662387
KetteringPegasus Court, Off Wellingborough RoadNN15 6XS0800 138 3315
Kingston-Upon-ThamesRotunda Leisure Centre, Clarence StreetKT1 1QP0800 138 3315
LancasterChurch StreetLA1 1LP08712 240 240
LeedsCardigan Fields, Kirkstall RoadLS4 2DG08712 240 240
LeedsNo. 22, The Light, The HeadrowLS1 8TL08712 240 240
LeedsBrudenell RoadLS6 1JD0113 275 2045
LeicesterFreemans Park, 90 Aylestone RoadLE2 7LT0800 138 3315
LeicesterMeridian Leisure Park, Lubbesthorpe Way, BraunstoneLE19 1JZ08712 240 240
LincolnBrayford Wharf NorthLN1 1YS0800 138 3315
LiverpoolDunningsbridge Road, Netherton, BootleL30 6TQ0800 138 3315
LutonThe Galaxy, Bridge StreetLU1 2NB0871 200 2000
Maidenhead42-44 King StreetSL6 1DY0800 138 3315
MaidstoneLockmeadow, Barker RoadME16 8RG0800 138 3315
ManchesterThe Printworks, 27 Withy GroveM4 2BS0800 138 3315
Manchester201 The Dome, The Trafford CentreM17 8DF0800 138 3315
Manchester70 Oxford StreetM1 5NH0161 200 1500
MansfieldMansfield Leisure Park, Park LaneNG18 1BU0800 138 3315
MiddlesboroughMiddlesbrough Leisure Park, Marton RoadTS1 2DY0871 200 2000
Milton Keynes602 Marlborough GateMK9 3XZ0871 200 2000
Milton KeynesThe Point, 602 Midsummer BoulevardMK9 3NB0800 138 3315
MorecambeCentral DriveLA4 4DW0871 220 6000
Newcastle-Upon-TyneThe Gate, Newgate StreetNE1 5TG0871 4714714
NorthamptonSixfields Leisure, Weedon Road, UptonNN5 5QJ0871 200 2000
NorthamptonSol Central, Doddridge StreetNN1 2RN08712 240 240
NorthamptonLings Forum,Weston Favell Centre, Wellinborough RoadNN3 8JR01604 837 300
NorwichRiverside Leisure Park, Wherry RoadNR1 1XA0800 138 3315
NottinghamThe Corner House, 29 Forman StreetNG1 4AA0871 200 2000
NuneatonBermuda Park, St David's WayCV10 7SD0800 138 3315
OxfordGeorge StreetOX1 2BL0800 138 3315
PlymouthBarbican Leisure Park, Shapters Road, CoxsidePL4 0LG08712 240 240
PortsmouthGunwharf QuaysPO1 3TA08712 240 240
PortsmouthPortway, CoshamPO6 4TS0800 138 3315
PortsmouthLondon Road, North EndPO2 0LZ0800 138 3315
PrestonRiversway, Portway, Ashton-On-RibblePR2 2YQ0800 138 3315
PrestonThe Capitol Centre, London Way, Walton-Le-DalePR5 4AW08712 240 240
ReadingThe Oracle Centre, Off Mill Lane NorthRG1 2AG08712 240 240
RedditchKingfisher Shopping Centre, Leisure Level, Kingfisher SquareB97 4EQ0871 220 6000
RochdaleSandbrook Park, Sandbrook WayOL11 1RY0800 138 3315
RochesterMedway Valley Leisure Park, Chariot Way, StroodME2 2SS0871 200 2000
Romford1-15 The BreweryRM1 1AU08712 240 240
RugbyJunction One, Leicester RoadCV21 1RW0871 200 2000
St. AustellChandos PlacePL25 5PZ01726 73750
SalisburyNew CanalSP1 2AA0800 138 3315
Scunthorpe1 Fenton StreetDN15 6QX08712 240 240
SheffieldMeadowhall CentreS9 1EP08712 240 240
SheffieldValley Centertainment, Broughton LaneS9 2EP0871 200 2000
SheffieldShrewsbury Road, PenistoneS36 6YD01226 762004
ShrewsburyOld Potts WaySY3 7ET0871 200 2000
SouthamptonLeisure World, West Quay RoadSO15 1RE0800 138 3315
Southend-on-SeaThe Broadway, London RoadSS1 1TJ0800 138 3315
SouthportOcean Plaza, Marine DrivePR8 1SQ08712 240 240
StainsTwo Rivers, Mustard Mill RoadTW18 4BL08712 240 240
StevenageLeisure Park, King's WaySG1 2UA0871 200 2000
Stoke-on-TrentFestival Park, Etruria Road, EtruriaST1 5SN0800 138 3315
Stoke-on-TrentCollege RoadST4 2EF01782 411188
StroudMerrywalks Shopping CentreGL5 1RY0871 220 6000
Sunderland4 Lambton StreetSR1 1TP0871 4714714
SwindonGreenbridge Retail & Leisure Park, Drakes WaySN3 3SQ0871 4714714
Tamworth50 Bolebridge StreetB79 7PB0800 138 3315
TauntonHeron Gate, RiversideTA1 2LP0800 138 3315
TelfordForgegate, Telford Town CentreTF3 4NE0800 138 3315
ThurrockLakeside Shopping CentreRM20 2ZW08712 240 240
TorbayThe Esplanade, PaigntonTQ4 6AG0871 220 6000
TruroLemon StreetTR1 2PN01872 272894
Tunbridge WellsKnight's Park, Knight's WayTN2 3UW0800 138 3315
WallsendOsprey Drive, Silverlink Retail ParkNE28 9NG0800 138 3315
UxbridgeChimes Shopping CentreUB8 1GD0800 138 3315
WadebridgeThe PlattPL27 7AD01208 812791
Warrington100 Westbrook Centre, Westbrook Crescent, Cromwell AvenueWA5 8UD0800 138 3315
WatfordWoodside Leisure Park, North Orbital Road, GarstonWD25 7JZ08712 240 240
WeymouthNew Bond StreetDT4 8LY0871 200 2000
Whitley BayMarine AvenueNE26 1LZ0191 252 3505
WokingNew Victoria Theatre, Peacock CentreGU21 6GQ0870 060 6643
WolverhamptonBentley Bridge Leisure ParkWV11 1TZ0871 200 2000
WolverhamptonThe Chubb Buildings Fryer StreetWV1 1HT01902 716055
WorcesterForegate StreetWR1 1DX0800 138 3315
Worcester49 - 55 Friar StreetWR1 2NA08712 240 240
WorkingtonDunmail Park, Maryport Rd, SiddickCA14 1NW01900 870001
Yeovil Yeo Leisure Park, Old Station WayBA20 1NP0871 200 2000
YorkClifton Moor Centre, Stirling RoadYO30 4XY08712 240 240
York13-17 Coney StreetYO1 9QL0871 704 2054
Scotland
Aberdeen10 Ship RowAB11 5BW08712 240 240
Aberdeen49 Belmont StreetAB10 1JS01224 34 35 36
Dundee152 NethergateDD1 4DY01382 909 900
Dunermline1 Whimbrell Place, Fife Leisure ParkKY11 8EX0800 138 3315
East KilbrideOlympia Shopping Centre, Rothesay StreetG74 1PG0800 138 3315
EdinburghOcean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Victoria Dock, LeithEH6 6JJ08712 240 240
EdinburghOmni, GreensideEH1 3AT08712 240 240
Edinburgh88 Lothian RoadEH3 9BZ0131 228 2688
Edinburgh118 Lothian RoadEH3 8BG0800 138 3315
EdinburghFort KinnairdEH15 3RD0800 138 3315
GlasgowSpringfield Quay, Paisley RoadG5 8NP0800 138 3315
Glasgow12 Rose StreetG3 6RB0141 332 8128
GlasgowForge Shopping Centre, 1221 Gallowgate, ParkheadG31 4EB0871 200 2000
HamiltonPalace Towers, Palace Grounds RoadML3 6AD08712 240 240
InvernessInverness Retail & Business Park, Eastfield WayIV2 7GD08712 240 240
LivingstonMcArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Almondvale AvenueEH54 6QX08712 240 240
StirlingUniversity of SterlingFK9 4LA01786 466666
Wales
Aberystwythoff Penglais RoadSY23 3BU01970 632 800
BridgendMcArthur Glen Designer Outlet, The PinesCF32 9ST0800 138 3315
CardiffRed Dragon Centre, Hemingway RoadCF10 4JY0800 138 3315
CardiffMillennium Plaza, Wood StreetCF10 1LA08712 240 240
CardiganAberteifiSA43 1JY01239 621200
LlandudnoJunction Leisure Park, Off Junction WayLL31 9XX0871 200 2000
NantgarwTreforest Industrial Estate, just off the A470CF15 7QX01443 846 925
SwanseaYork StreetSA1 3LZ08712 240 240
SwanseaParc TaweSA1 2BA0800 138 3315
Northern Ireland
BallymenaLarne Road LinkBT42 3HA028 2563 1111
Banbridge26 Downshire PlaceBT32 3DF028 4066 2666
BelfastYorkgate Shopping ComplexBT15 1WA028 9035 5700
Belfast20 University SquareBT7 1PA028 9097 1097
BelfastThe Pavillion, Odyssey Centre, 2 Queens QuayBT3 9QQ028 9073 9134
CarrickfergusUnit 4, Rodgers QuayBT38 8BE028 93 351111
EnniskilllenRaceview, Factory RoadBT74 6DP028 66 324777
LisburnGovernors RoadBT28 1PP028 92 602233
NewryThe Quays Shopping Centre, Albert BasinBT35 8XX028 30 252233
Republic of Ireland
DublinParnell Centre, Parnell Street, Dublin 11520 880 444
GalwayWellpark Retail Park, Wellpark 091 78 00 00
BlanchardstownBlanchardstown Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown Road SouthDublin 151520 88 00 00
Coolock84 Malahide Road, Greencastle Road ExtensionDublin 171520 88 00 00
TallaghtLevel 3, The Square, Old Blessington RoadDublin 241520 88 00 00
Isle of Man
DouglasBroadway 01624 694555
Visit www.yourlocalcinema.com for up-to-date information on what's on where for audio described and subtitled screenings. Alternatively, please contact your chosen cinema, using the contact details above.

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Last updated: 24 July 2007
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