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Audio Description

We currently offer Audio Description for most of our screenings. Below is all the information you need if you would like to use this service while visiting Screen Machine.

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description provides specialised narration of the onscreen visuals for partially-sighted or blind people. The user wears a set of headphones that plays an additional track of descriptions in between dialogue while still being able to hear the film’s main soundtrack through the cinema’s speakers. It doesn’t impact the viewing experience of anyone else in the auditorium.

How will I know if a film has Audio Description?

All films from major studios provide an Audio Description track with the film, so it is safe for you to assume that these releases can be watched with it. Unfortunately, some films, mainly those that are smaller and more independent, are unable to supply Audio Description tracks. We will highlight on this page and on our posters what films can’t be watch with Audio Description.

What films don’t offer Audio Description?

As far as we know, all films on our programme are available with Audio Description.

How do I listen to Audio Description on Screen Machine?

There are three options available to you:

  1. You can use one of our four sets of wireless headphones that connect directly to our system.
  2. If you have a hearing aid with a T setting then we can connect it to our system using one of our two neck loops.
  3. You can bring you own set of wired headphones for us to plug in via standard aux jack. We do this by using one of the two neck loops.

While all three of these options are available to you, we would recommend the first if possible.

It is not necessary for you to contact us ahead of time. When you arrive, please speak to the operator and they will sort you out with your preferred option.