What's happening in Accessible Cinema Screenings?

The Cinema is located on the second level of the building which can be accessed via the stairs or the lift located in the main entrance. The seats within the cinema are in a stepped configuration and can be accessed via the following:

Row A – 6 Steps down
Row B – 5 Steps down
Row C – 4 Steps down
Row D – 3 Steps down
Row E – 2 Steps down
Row F – 1 Step down
Row G – Flat level access from the entrance (location of 2 x wheelchair spaces)

Click to see a picture of the cinema (Cinema).


Caption Subtitled (C) Screenings

Captioning is a service for hearing-impaired or deaf people.

We provide caption subtitled screenings of films when possible. These screenings have a transcription of the film’s dialogue in English along the bottom of the screen and a description of the sound in the film is also included in these captions.

Note that caption subtitling has to be produced by the film distribution company and that unfortunately, not all films have this feature.

Caption Subtitled screenings are usually every Monday, for both the morning screening (usually around 11am) and the early evening screening (usually around 6pm).

Monday 4 July – Elvis (12A) 11am & 7pm

Monday 18 July – The Railway Children Return (PG)  11am & 6pm

Monday 25 July – Minions: The Rise of Gru (U) 11am

Monday 1 August – Where the Crawdads Sing (TBC) 11am & 5pm


Audio Described [AD]/(A) Screenings

These screenings are for everyone.

There is an option for audio description for most mainstream films but this is dependant on the specific film distributors. Anyone with a visual impairment can access this through special AD headsets that enable the user to hear a narrator’s voice explaining all the action on screen during gaps in the dialogue. This is undetectable to other audience members.

Each film listing will have details if there is an audio described option available or feel free to call our Access Line to check (01244 409 113, option one then option three).

If the film does have an AD option*, please ask a member of staff for a headset on arrival**

Elvis (12A) – 24 June – 7 July

The Croods 2: A New Age (U) – 2 – 3 July

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (15) – 8 – 14 July

The Railway Children Return (PG)  15 – 21 July

Minions: The Rise of Gru (U) – 22 – 28 July

Lightyear (PG) – 29 July – 4 August

Where the Crawdads Sing (TBC) 29 July – 4 August

*Films are checked and updated every Friday morning.
**Audio Description is only available for screenings in the cinema.

Relaxed (R) Screenings

Relaxed film screenings at Storyhouse are for anyone who would welcome watching a film in a more relaxed environment. They have been designed to be friendlier to people with cognitive & sensory disorders, autism spectrum conditions, or dementia. The screenings are open to all, even if you don’t need the adjustments we make for these screenings.

In relaxed screenings, we keep the cinema lights on low and adjust the volume of the film so that it is not as loud as usual. You are free to move around, and leave and re-enter the cinema when you like.  There will be a more relaxed attitude towards noise and talking during the screening.

We hold special relaxed screenings of family-friendly films typically on the second Sunday of every month in our cinema at 10.30am. We also offer the opportunity to watch some of our new release feature films in a relaxed environment.

Relaxed Screenings are usually on the second Sunday of every month at 10.30am (no adverts or trailers).

Sunday 10 July — The Missing Link (PG)

Sunday 6 August — Film TBC

We also programme Parent & Baby screenings, which take place every Wednesday at 11am (except during half-term) for parents with babies under 12 months. These screenings also offer a relaxed environment for people who would benefit from that atmosphere.


Accessible Cinema Screenings
Cinema The Croods 2: A New Age (U)
Tomorrow 10.30am

1hr 36 |AD| Searching for a safer habitat, the prehistoric Crood family discovers an idyllic paradise that meets all of its needs. Unfortunately, they must also learn to live with the Bettermans. 

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Cinema Elvis (12A)
Today 8pm; Tomorrow 4pm, 7.30pm; Mon 11am, 2.30pm, 7pm; Tue 2.30pm, 8.15pm; Wed 1.30pm, 4.45pm, 8pm + more times

2 hr 40 | AD | Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

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Cinema Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (15)

1hr37 | AD| Emma Thompson stars as Nancy Stokes, a retired school teacher and recent widow, who is yearning for some adventure, some human connection and perhaps some good sex.

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Missing Link (PG)

1 hr 35 | Mr Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

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Cinema The Railway Children Return (PG)

1hr38 | AD | Inspired by one of the most beloved British family films of all time, The Railway Children Return is an enchanting and heart-warming adventure for a new generation

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Cinema Minions: The Rise of Gru (U)

1 hr 28 | AD| Gru (Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain group known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them.

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Cinema Lightyear (PG)

1 hr 46 | AD | Lightyear follows the legendary space ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits.

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Cinema Where The Crawdads Sing (TBC)

2 hr 5 | AD | A young woman who has lived on her own in the North Carolina marshes after being abandoned as a child, suddenly finds herself accused of a murder.

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