Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride is supporting ODEON Cinemas’ weekly subtitled performances to raise awareness of these screenings to people who are deaf or have hearing loss as part of Deaf Awareness Week (Monday 7th May – Sunday 13th May).

Linda said:

“I am pleased to be able to raise awareness of the work ODEON Cinema’s have been doing to make going to the movies accessible to more people.

“Going to the cinema is a great social experience and too often people with disabilities face barriers preventing them from taking a full part in a range of activities, sometimes leading to social isolation.

“I am delighted that for people in East Kilbride who are deaf or hard of hearing, they can come along to the local ODEON Cinema and enjoy a movie with their friends.”

Linda was joined by Gladys Miller, newly elected councillor for East Kilbride East, who is also more than happy to support Deaf Awareness Week.  Gladys has worked extensively for the deaf community for over twenty years, as a qualified communicator, and is also fluent in sign language.

Gladys said:

“I hope this pilot will make the other cinema follow the Odeon’s lead. By making the film times more accessible, it would allow deaf and hard of hearing to enjoy the pleasure of the cinema.”

Through-out the year, ODEON cinemas across the country have subtitled performances of the big new releases and between Monday 7th May and Sunday 13th May are increasing the number of screenings to give as many people as possible the opportunity to come to the cinema to see a subtitled film during Deaf Awareness Week.

It’s easy to find out about accessible screenings at ODEON cinemas.  Simply go to www.odeon.co.uk, select your cinema, then click on the ‘Accessible’ option in the ‘Filter Events By’ category (above the list of films).

Alternatively, you can check the details on the Your Local Cinema website (www.yourlocalcinema.co.uk) which is sponsored by the UK Film Industry and lists the subtitled performances for most cinemas in the UK.

If you would like more information about ODEON cinemas or our subtitled performances please visit the website, pop into the cinema or call the Accessibility Helpline on 0800 138 3315.

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