Chichester Cinema at New Park’s charitable objectives not only include screening a high-quality programme of films; but we also aim to support young people; create fulfilling employment and volunteering opportunities; and improve wellbeing and stronger local community links by supporting those who may be unable to access regular cinema screenings.
Accessible screenings are a vital part of our offering to the community. These can include:
“Baby Makes 2” screenings:
Screenings of new release films for parents and babies (under 12 months). There are a few spaces at the front for prams, but it is recommended to bring a car seat. Lights are left at a low level, and audio is turned down. A great way for parents to meet before and after socially and to introduce your little ones to the magic of cinema.
Subtitled for the hard of hearing screenings:
These provide a transcription of the audio from a film, displayed at the bottom of the cinema screen. Along with the dialogue from the film, the subtitles include non-dialogue audio such as "(sighs)" or "(door creaks)".
Audio described screenings:
A pre-recorded voice commentary that describes action, body language, expressions and movements during the film. Because it fits within the silent gaps in a film, it does not interfere with the dialogue. It is a separate soundtrack which is broadcasted through wireless headphones which only the wearer can hear.
Autism friendly screenings:
We aim to create an environment that is welcoming for people with a range of conditions such as autism, learning disabilities and cognitive disorders. Sound levels are turned down, the lights left on at a low level and there are no trailers. Film-goers are free to bring their own food and drinks to the cinema, are able to make noise and to sit where they feel most comfortable.
Dementia friendly screenings:
Cinemas make adaptations to the cinema environment to make it easier for customers with dementia to navigate their way round the building, such as signage, more staff on hand to help. Screenings are relaxed, no trailers, often have intervals, reduced occupancy and often have a socialising element at the end of screenings such as teas and coffees.