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May 22, 2003

Subtitled Cinema Listings!

From: subtitles @ your local cinema - May 22, 2003

It's Thursday, around lunchtime, so it must be...
The Weekly Subtitled Cinema Listings!

This is one of three emails -
X-Men 2 and Matrix Reloaded Listings to follow - check your inbox!

As usual, many available films, but not many shows! Please ask your nearest
accessible cinema to screen available, accessible films! (locations below)



Kangaroo Jack (PG) subtitled (*D)
London - Uxbridge Thurs 22nd May at 1.45pm
Colchester, Odeon Thu 22nd May at 6.15pm and Thu 29th May at 4.30pm
Kingston, Surrey, Odeon Fri 23rd May at 12 noon, 2pm and Sat 24th May at 6pm
and Sun 25th May at 6pm and Thurs 29th May at 6pm
CARDIFF, UCI Sat 24th May at 11.30am and Mon 26th May at 7.15pm

How to lose a guy in 10 days (Hudson, McConaughey) (12a) subtitled (*D)
LONDON, Uxbridge, Odeon Wed 21st May at 6pm
Kingston, Surrey, Odeon Tue 27th May at 7.10pm

Phone Booth (Farrell, Sutherland) (15) subtitled
WIMBLEDON, London, Odeon Fri 23rd May at 5.45pm and Tue 27th May at 7.45pm
and Wed 28th May at 9.50pm

Jungle Book 2 (Mowgli, Baloo) (U) subtitled
WIMBLEDON, London, Odeon Fri 23rd & Sun 25th May at 12.15pm and Tue 27th May
at 4.00pm

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Clooney, Roberts, 15) subtitled (*D)
Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland Wednesday 21st May at 3.45pm

Frida (Hayak) (15) subtitled (*D)
Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland Monday 26th May at 8.30pm and Thursday 29th
May at 2.30pm

Lilo & Stitch (U) subtitled (*D)
Odeon Guildford Saturday 7th June at 10.45am

Men in Black 2 (PG) subtitled (*D)
Odeon Guildford Saturday 5th July at 10.45am

Monsters Inc (U) subtitled
Odeon Guildford Saturday 2nd August at 10.45am

Time Machine (PG) subtitled
Odeon Guildford Saturday 6th September at 10.45am

Disney's Treasure Planet (U) subtitled (*D)
Odeon Guildford Saturday 4th October at 10.45am



IMPORTANT: Tickets for the three films below are NOT available to the
general public. They are only available to schools / home educators /
parents and MUST be booked via the details below. Tickets will be issued on
a first come, first served basis. One ticket will be issued per
school/college group. Tel 020 78514664 / 9463. Fax 020 7439 3218
Email or via the website

Disney's Piglet's Big Movie (Animation) subtitled (U) (*D)

All shows on Thursday 3rd July at 10am
London - West End, Odeon
Cardiff, UCI
Leicester, Odeon
Newcastle, Odeon Newgate St.
Wolverhampton, Cineworld

Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas (Animation) subtitled (U) (*D)

All shows on Monday 7th July at 10am
London - West End, Odeon
Cardiff, UCI
Leicester, Odeon
Newcastle, Odeon Newgate St.
Wolverhampton, Cineworld

Rugrats Go Wild (The Rugrats meet the Wild Thornburys) (Animation) subtitled
(U) (*D)

All shows on Tuesday 8th July at 10am
London - West End, Odeon
Cardiff, UCI
Leicester, Odeon
Newcastle, Odeon Newgate St.
Wolverhampton, Cineworld

X-Men and Matrix Listings to follow this email separately - check your

and don't forget the 5th Disability Film Festival
at the NFT, London. Many subtitled films! Full programme HERE:

and don't forget Edinburgh's Deaf Focus Film Festival! Full details here: BSL interpreters will be available at the festival
and all films are subtitled if they need it. Many of the films are
visually-led works that use no dialogue. 90% of the films are made by deaf

and Cornerhouse cinema, Manchester have 8 subtitled films coming up (foreign
language). Check out their listings here:

and at 'Screen on the Green', 83 Upper Street, Islington London N1 regularly
screen subtitled (foreign language) films, including: 'Mostly Martha'
(German with English subtitles) and 'The Leopard' (italian with english
subtitles). Info here:

and UGC cinemas will be screening 'the Son of the Bride (Spanish with
English subtitles) in some of it's cinemas. Info here:


Subtitles @ Your Local Cinema receive subtitled listings information
directly from cinema head offices, but we can take NO responsibility for
postponed or cancelled shows. If cinemas inform us of changes, we will tell
you via the website. If they don't inform us, we can't inform you.

Sometimes a subtitled film is not delivered to the cinema on time and cannot
be screened.

The only way to be 100% sure is to ALWAYS check with the ACTUAL cinema
before you plan a visit. But DOUBLE check, preferably with a manager. NEVER
turn up without getting confirmation that a show is definitely on.


NEWS! - Two new accessible cinemas!
City Screen York, 13-17 Coney Street, York
and Ster Century Basingstoke, Festival Place, Basingstoke.


Coming soon: Hulk, Charlies Angels 2, Terminator 3, 2 Fast 2 Furious,
Kangaroo Jack, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more.
Disney's Finding Nemo still unconfirmed - watch the website for news.

If you require audio description listings only, please email us at:


Read any good movies lately?
Subtitled and audio described cinema enables people
with less than perfect hearing or vision to enjoy film,
presented in it's original, and best form - the cinema.

Know someone who would appreciate this info? Tell them!
Forward this email to them now.


As soon as cinemas schedules are announced for new films, they will be
listed on our website - please DON'T wait for the next weekly email - CHECK
the website often! Important reschedules, time changes etc. are posted on
there as soon as they are announced.


On the website:

Every subtitled film: now showing, on the way & previous.
New films, locations, dates and times added regularly.
Accessible digital subtitle cinema locations - more added as they become
Responses and views on cinema subtitling.
Video game, Theatre and DVD extra feature subtitles.
and much more...

Engage your Senses!
SEE the dialogue! HEAR the action! FEEL the rumbling!

The films below have been released with digital subtitles only (*D). They
are available NOW but can ONLY be screened in the 19 cinemas with digital
subtitle facilities. Please ask your nearest accessible cinema to screen
them! (locations below).

Hot Chick
Full Frontal
Kangaroo Jack
Hope Springs
Phone Booth
Shanghai Knights
Seeing Double
How to lose a guy in 10 days
Little Polar Bear
Jungle Book 2
Johnny English
The Core
Cradle 2 the Grave
The Recruit
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
The Life of David Gale
Analyze That
The Hours
Maid in Manhattan
Treasure Planet
Punch Drunk Love
Two Weeks Notice
Catch Me if you Can
Star Trek Nemesis
The Two Towers
The Quiet American
25th Hour
Blood Work
Santa Clause 2
Powerpuff Girls
Triple X
Lilo & Stitch
Red Dragon
The Sum of all Fears
Men in Black 2
Lord of the Rings
Panic Room
About a Boy


The 19 cinemas below have subtitle and audio description facilities. Please
ask your nearest accessible cinema to screen available, accessible films!

Odeon Leicester Square, 22 - 24 Leicester Square, London, WC2H (the big
famous one!)
Odeon West End, 40 Leicester Square, London, WC2H (the smaller one on
Leicester Square)
Odeon Uxbridge, The Chimes Shopping Centre, 302 High Street, Uxbridge, UB8
Odeon Wimbledon, The Crescent, 39 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19
Warner West End, 3 Cranbourne Street, London WC3 (on Leicester Square)
Warner Finchley Road, 255 Finchley Rd, Finchley, London NW3
UGC West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London E14

Outside London
Odeon Colchester Head Street, Colchester
Odeon Guildford Bedford Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1
Odeon Kingston The Rotunda, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Odeon Leicester Freemans Park, 90 Aylestone Road, Leicester, LE2
Odeon Newcastle Newgate Street, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear
UCI Gateshead, UCI, Metro Centre, Gateshead Newcastle Upon Tyne NE11
UCI Cardiff, Wales Atlantic Wharf, Hemingway Road, Cardiff CF 10, Wales
Cineworld Wolverhampton Bentley Bridge Leisure Park, Wednesfield Way.
Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland 12 Rose Street , Glasgow G3
Belfast, Moviehouse Yorkgate Shopping Complex, York Street, Belfast, NI

The cinemas below have subtitle facilities only - audio description to come.
*NEW! City Screen York 13-17 Coney Street, York
*NEW! Ster Century Basingstoke Festival Place, Basingstoke

The cinema below has audio description facilities only.
Showcase Pontypridd, Wales, Parc Nantgarw, Nr Pontypridd, Wales


Studios and distributors obviously prefer the cheaper, digital solution to
subtitling, which creates a problem - there are not yet enough cinemas with
digital subtitle facilities to cater for the many people who now expect
major releases to be subtitled.

"Think of it like 98% of cinemas having a VCR player, and 2% having a DVD
player, but new films are only available subtitled, on DVD!"

So although subtitled and described, most films are still inaccessible to
the vast majority of the people that they are aimed at - hearing or visually
impaired people in the UK.

It is planned that around 75 more UK cinemas will become accessible over the
next year. Watch the website for information on new cinema locations with
the system installed, and cinemas plans for screenings.


The following films can be screened subtitled in any cinema. Please ask your
nearest cinema to screen them!

Matrix Reloaded
X-Men 2
Die Another Day
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Road to Perdition
Eight Legged Freaks
Scooby Doo
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
Minority Report
Star Wars Episode II
Time Machine
Pearl Harbor
Ocean's Eleven
Monster's Inc
The Mummy Returns
A Knights Tale
Ice Age
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Pay it Forward
The Grinch
East is East
Chicken Run

We are sorry to say that UK distributors have now decided NOT to release
accessible versions of I Spy and Rabbit Proof Fence.


Many people have been enquiring as to what exactly is going on with UK
subtitled cinema:

Why do we have to travel 50 miles to catch one?
Why do we have to wait months after release date?
Why do films usually only play once?
Why are some popular movies not subtitled?

Let us explain...

An estimated 5 million people in the UK use subtitles to enjoy films. And
although subtitles are the norm on TV, DVD and video, they are NOT available
on most cinema releases. Silent movies are still the norm here, but without
the old captions that helped to explain the plot.

Of the films that are subtitled, the majority are 'digitally subtitled only'
which means that they are incompatible with 98% of UK cinemas. In fact only
19 cinemas in the UK are capable of screening most of the latest subtitled

These 19 cinemas have been equipped with a new 'access system'. Once a
cinema has the subtitle 'files', they can overlay subtitles onto the latest
films. They don't need a separate subtitled print. The system can be turned
on and off - similar to teletext subtitles on TV, so the screen can be used
for non-subtitled shows too.

The system can also broadcast audio description, for visually impaired
people. The on screen action is described in detail through personal
headphones. This feature has no affect on an audience's enjoyment of a film
and can be left 'on' all of the time. Every show can be an audio described

It is planned that over the next few years at least 50 different films will
be released with these 'access' features. In fact if all goes to plan, most
major films will be released with subtitle and description 'files' (the
files are supplied on disc, separate to the actual film and are downloaded
to a hard disc at the cinema).

So to cater for the large amount of accessible films on the way, this year
the cinema industry plan to make many more of their cinemas accessible to
people with hearing or visual impairments.

Each 'access' system costs less than an average cinemas weekend takings on
one film. Lottery funding (via the Film Council) has been offered to fund
50% of the total cost (over £1 million) and it is planned that at least 75
more cinemas will become accessible.

Locations have yet to be decided but are planned to be spread widely around
the country, so as many people as possible can catch accessible shows.

So that should eliminate the problem of having to travel 50 miles or more to
catch the latest film. It should also eliminate the problem of having to
wait months for a film to come to a cinema near your town, as every cinema
with the system installed will be able to show the subtitled version when
they please.

In most cases, the system will be installed in only ONE screen of a
multi-screen multiplex and therefore will not interfere too much with
'normal' non-subtitled shows.

This vastly improves on the current subtitling system in which a couple of
subtitled film prints are 'toured' around cinemas, resulting in some cinemas
having to screen a Christmas movie the following February. That 'touring'
problem is also the reason why a subtitled film usually only plays for one
day only - it has to be delivered the next day, to the next cinema down the
line. X-Men 2 is currently available in this format (as well as the digital

The new digital system would enable many cinemas to screen a subtitled show
many times, over many weeks, at popular times, simultaneously.

We hope that explains the situation! Any queries, please don't hesitate to
contact us at Press enquiries welcome


Exciting News!

If you are one of the millions of UK movie fans with less than perfect
hearing or vision, then 2003 could well be a very happy year for you.

Read 'The Times' newspaper article here:,,1-89-510522,00.html

Read the BBC News article here:

Read the official Film Council press release here:

Current accessible cinema locations and films here: