New year, new accessible cinemas

Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:40pm

2013 is set to be a landmark year for accessible cinema in Australia with two major cinema chains on track to complete the installation of audio described and closed captioned screens at all of their complexes. On top of this, 15 new cinemas will commence accessible movies by the end of March.

Village Cinemas has completed installing accessible screens across its national circuit, including the recent and last inclusion of Albury Regent Cinemas on the Victorian and New South Wales border.

The new locations for the Hoyts circuit are Northland in Victoria, Stafford in Queensland and Wetherill Park in New South Wales. Hoyts has a larger circuit nationally but is expected to complete its installations by the middle of the year.

Event Cinemas new locations are Pacific Fair, Toowoomba Grand Central, Indooroopilly, Capalaba, Morayfield and Carindale in Queensland; Bondi Junction, Tuggerah, Liverpool, Hurstville and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales; and Morley in Western Australia.

Reading Cinemas has stated that all its locations will be accessible within the next six months.

These chains are part of the Australian Government’s Cinema Access Implementation Plan, which is for the four major chains of Village, Hoyts, Event and Reading cinemas. The four-year plan runs to the end of 2014, so the cinemas have until then to complete their accessible screen installations. The earlier the completion of the rollout is, the better it is for the customers.

There are now 170 accessible screens in 90 locations in Australia. For the complete list of cinemas with captions and audio description in each state and territory see our Find accessible cinema page.

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