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Midlands Spotlight - Phoenix Access Cinema

By midlandsmovies, May 16 2018 04:21PM



Midlands Spotlight - Phoenix Access Cinema


As part of Deaf Awareness Week 2018 Midlands Movies catches up with Josh Senior who is the Cinema Programme Assistant at Phoenix Leicester. We talk to Josh about their recent crowd-funding campaign to assist those with hearing impairments as part of their Access Cinema programme.


In December 2017, Phoenix Leicester launched a fundraising campaign to buy 26 new amplified headsets to help more people with sight and hearing loss enjoy films at the cinema.


Phoenix Leicester has an infrared system in both their main screens which allows people with a sight or hearing loss to use a personal headset to hear the film audio described alongside the action in the film or to hear an amplified dialogue track.


Midlands Movies were proud to donate £200 towards the Phoenix’s campaign and the target goal of £2000 was reached in January 2018 with the support of Leicester City Council and a host of other generous donors.


With the success of the campaign they have increased the number of headsets so can now cater to even more people including guide dog groups, social groups and special educational needs school groups.


Josh Senior explains, “As part of our regular programme we build in films that audio description tracks and subtitles. As well as that, the headsets can be used for amplification also”.


“We are building upon this in the future whereby our website will be able to highlight even more films where the technology is available”, continues Josh. “This all ties in with the expansion of the Phoenix in 2020 where two new screens will be available to allow greater access for those with additional needs”.


Phoenix Leicester has regular subtitled films on Tuesday evenings and also provides Autism-friendly screenings on a regular basis. Josh goes on to say the cinema works closely with others in the region, especially with Film Hub Midlands.


“Staff attend workshops and training around accessibility for cinema which keeps us up to date of the current challenges. And the BFI shares knowledge to help us find ways to provide solutions”.


Through Access Cinema, Phoenix Leicester hopes to bring people with differing access needs together to watch the best in world cinema and socialise with friends and family.


Asked about Oscar-winning Midlands film The SIlent Child Josh adds, "There's a great package called the Lives in Sign Language which covers a wide range of genres and experiences and we hope we can bring that to the Phoenix in late Summer".


Striving to keep up to date with social policy, advancements in accessible technology and best practice, the cinema also aims to provide all customers with the most enjoyable cinema experience possible. And with these new headsets they are another step on the way.


All the headsets are readily available at the Phoenix box office with additional help on hand to assist customers as required.


To find out more about Access Cinema at Phoenix Leicester then click on the What’s On section of their website:

https://www.phoenix.org.uk/access-cinema/


And for information on the appeal please click below:

https://www.phoenix.org.uk/blog/phoenix-access-cinema-appeal/


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