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Accessibility at the Cinema

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)

Relaxed 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.

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.

Relaxed Screenings are on the second Sunday of every month at 10.30am.

Upcoming Relaxed screenings

  • Sunday 15 September 10.30am – BFG (PG)
  • Thursday 19 September 2.30pm – Downton Abbey (PG)

Please Note: for relaxed screenings, there will be no trailers or adverts – films will start at the advertised time

Caption Subtitles

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

Audio Described 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 just ask for the headsets on arrival at the cinema.

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Accessible Cinema Screenings
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Downton Abbey (PG)

2 hrs 2 | [AD] | The long-awaited Downton Abbey continues the saga of the award-winning television series with original cast members reprising their roles.

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Cinema Downton Abbey (PG) (Dementia Friendly Screening)
Thu 2.30pm

2 hrs 2 | [AD] | A special Dementia Friendly screening of the big-screen adaptation of the award-winning television.

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 (U)
Sat 10.30am; Sun 10.30am

1 hr 37 | [AD] | Enemies become friends in the follow-up story to The Angry Birds Movie.

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