Sixth Communiqué from the Accessible Cinema Advisory Group (ACAG)

The Cinema Access Implementation Plan

  • The Cinema Access Implementation Plan is an agreement by the four major cinema chains (Hoyts, Village Cinemas, Event Cinemas and Reading Cinemas) to provide 242 accessible screens in 132 cinema complexes across Australia by the end of 2014.
  • The roll-out of accessible technology, as outlined in the Plan and agreed to by the cinema chains, involves the installation of closed captioning and audio description equipment.

Progress against the Cinema Access Implementation Plan

Technology

Disability Awareness

  • Training for cinema staff remains a priority. 
  • ACAG have considered a number of ways to improve disability awareness and staff knowledge of accessible equipment in the cinemas. This includes providing checklists and a variety of training packages.

Accessibility Issues

  • ACAG is working with cinemas to improve their website accessibility, including improving availability of information about accessible movie sessions and ensuring that cinema websites are screen reader accessible.
  • AGAC is committed to resolving equipment failures identified through feedback provided to the Group.

Your feedback

  • Feedback about your cinema experience can be provided to accessible.cinema@dss.gov.au. Your feedback will help inform cinemas about ways to improve your future accessible cinema experience.
Content Updated: 27 September 2013