Access CinemaOur Access Cinema programme provides regular screenings with audio description, descriptive subtitles, and a relaxed environment particularly suitable for people with autism, ADHD and other sensory processing disorders.
Launched at Phoenix in May 2013, our Access Cinema programme was originally funded by Creative England, the British Film Institute and Leicester City Council. Access Cinema is now a core part of our programme, and we are continually working towards increasing provision and making Phoenix as accessible as possible.
Access is designed-in to our venue in terms of physical spaces and supporting technologies. Venue design was guided by an Access Consultant alongside our Access Advisory Group (AAG) of local access advocates, representatives from disability groups, Trustees and senior management. Provision includes wheelchair access to all public areas, interior building wayfinding signage in high contrast colouring to aid people with visual impairments, T-hearing loops at points-of-sale, accessible toilets, a Changing Places space, and accessible parking bays, and staff receive mandatory access training.
Through Access Cinema, Phoenix brings people with differing access needs together to watch the best in world cinema and socialise with friends and family; we strive to keep up to date with social policy, advancements in accessible technology and best practice to ensure we provide all our customers with the most enjoyable cinema experience possible.