Supported by UK film distributors through:

with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery

The virtuous circle of accessible, inclusive cinema.

The multi-award-winning YourLocalCinema service is the go-to brand for UK film fans with hearing loss. Launched two decades ago, the independent service began as a grass-roots, social outreach initiative to help deaf children to socialise at cinemas with their families and friends. Today, the trusted-brand service is run by one of those helped. It now incorporates text messaging, email, live chat, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, as well as a smartphone app, captioned trailers channel on YouTube, and a very active website which served more than a million visits last year. 

YourLocalCinema's detailed, precisely-targeted local promotion of captioned films and trailers helps to drive tens of thousands of customers to more than 550 cinemas across the UK and Ireland each week. Last year, YourLocalCinema promoted more than 75,000 captioned screenings of almost 200 titles, which helped almost 80 cinema companies to generate an unprecedented million admissions.

For film fans with hearing loss, accessible shows remove the disabling barrier, for a few hours at least, achieving greater inclusion and community integration, and inspiring even more cinema visits. Attendance has tripled over the last decade.

Thanks to the financial support of BFI and UK film distributors, including Disney, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony, Paramount, Lionsgate, EOne and many more, YourLocalCinema’s services are FREE to cinemas and their audiences. Film distributors continue to commission caption and narration tracks for every major release, enabling cinemas to offer accessible, inclusive shows from release date.

A non-profit service, YourLocalCinema provides very good value to the industry. At a cost equivalent to around £1 per week/per cinema, or 3p from each captioned ticket issued, one day of annual 'accessible' box office keeps YourLocalCinema running for a year!

Providing great customer service and engagement has ensured the loyalty of a large and appreciative customer base, which in turn has driven revenue to distributors & cinemas, which has helped to ensure a regular supply of accessible titles and improved provision of accessible shows. This virtuous circle has reinforced itself for two decades. 

“Accessibility is perhaps not the most exciting area of film, but to help people that need a little assistance can be very fulfilling. Knowing that a deaf child can follow the latest superhero or animated adventure on the big screen with their friends makes one feel good!”

Accessible, inclusive shows benefit people of all ages. Each year in the UK, hundreds of children are born with significant hearing loss. It's estimated that more than ten million, including thousands of young people, have hearing loss. Our society is ageing, and with ageing, loss of some hearing is inevitable. Access to film - via captions - is something that we may all appreciate, eventually.

The YourLocalCinema website & app receive more than a million visits annually. Feedback clearly indicates that opportunities to attend accessible, inclusive captioned shows are very much appreciated by many. Click here for a selection of positive experiences from film fans who we have helped to discover - or rediscover - the joys of cinema-going:

Recent feedback from YourLocalCinema users:

“Absolutely couldn’t do without subtitles, have relied on them since this website started! … Subtitled cinema isn’t just about seeing the latest films, it’s about date nights, being included in office chat about new releases, and just having a choice.

“It’s great to be able to see the big new films at the same time as everyone else. Thanks to your fab website, we found a subtitled local screening on Sunday and we’re all going!”

“Nearly 20 years ago, I rem finding out from about subtitled shows of the first Lord of the Rings film at Uxbridge. I travelled all the way across London on the Tube to see it. Now, my best friend and I go the cinema every month, and I publicise your service with every sign-language student I teach – thank you!”

“Brilliant! Been visiting your website for years and have now downloaded the app, just as easy to roam. Love the subtitled trailers, keep up the good work!”

YourLocalCinema continues to collaborate with distributors, cinemas, and organisations/charities/social media influencers in the field of hearing loss/access/inclusion, to inform those not yet aware that cinema CAN be accessible, inclusive and welcoming to film fans with hearing loss.

The year in review:
Which films did UK audiences choose to see, talk about and share this year? The FDA Yearbook offers a snapshot:



YourLocalCinema is proud to work with cinemas and film companies to help ensure that people with sensory loss can enjoy the cinema experience. YourLocalCinema is extremely grateful to financial supporters:

Film Distributors' Association and UK film distributors
The FDA is the trade body representing film distributors that account for over 95% of UK cinema admissions. Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Parmount, Sony and many more. The major distributors ensure that all of their films are accessible to cinema-goers with hearing or sight loss. The FDA has supported YourLocalCinema since 2004.

FDA, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, UK   •


BFI - British Film Institute
The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive. It has supported YourLocalCinema since 2004.

BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN   •


Cobweb Solutions
Cobweb is the number one Cloud Solutions provider in Europe and the power behind our website. As Microsoft's 2017 Partner of the Year, it has been providing uninterrupted 24/7 internet & email services to customers for 20 years, and continues to be a trusted adviser to thousands of customers worldwide. The company is internationally recognised and has won many industry awards, including 'best small business solution in western Europe' and ISP Awards 'Best Application Service'. It has supported YourLocalCinema since 2004.

Cobweb Solutions, Delme Place, Cams Hall Estate, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 8UX   •


Launched Febr 2002, Screentrade, a quarterly publication, covers all aspects of International Cinema Exhibition, Film Distribution and Global Cinema Supply. It enjoys a wide readership including cinema industry executives at all levels, also technical and managerial decision-makers, industry-wide. Screentrade - headquartered in London, England, along with offices also in the USA and Russia - quickly established a reputation for getting to the heart of industry matters – among them the digital, piracy, windows and accessibility debates – and remains at the cutting-edge of all key industry issues to date.

Screentrade also produces SID (The Screentrade International Directory) the industry’s ONLY annual ‘Yellow Pages’ directory for global supply to Exhibition.

Screentrade Media Ltd, PO Box 144, Orpington, Kent BR6 6LZ, UK   •

IFDNRG servers help power the YourLocalCinema audio & video files. It provides services to a wide range of online content covering music, live sports, corporate events, agency campaigns and more. It has supported YourLocalCinema since 2004.

IFDNRG, 127 Rose Street, South Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 4BB   •


An award winning service.

The YourLocalCinema website & information service has been successful in winning some high-profile awards voted for by the public and its peers in the UK film industry. Winning awards helps to spread awareness of 'accessible' cinema.

Winner: The BKSTS 'Samuelson' Award recognises and rewards the efforts & achievements of companies that have embraced technology or enhanced accessibility to ensure that cinema exhibition is available to all people.

Winner: The Daily Mail 'People's Choice' Enterprise Award. The event, hosted by the Institute of Directors, recognises people who have turned their ideas into reality. Thousands of Daily Mail newspaper readers voted for the twenty finalists and YLC received the most votes overall.

Winner: The @diversity European 'Access Culture' Award. Implemented by the European Commission and presented at the EU Culture Forum in Brussels, the awards celebrate innovative ways of using technology to make culture more accessible across Europe. More than 250 projects were submitted.

Winner: The Barco 'Innovation in Cinema' Award. Part of the 'Raam Awards', which recognise and reward the efforts & achievements of people working in the UK film industry.

Winner: The British Telecom 'Remote Workers' Award honours people who manage to run a successful business without an office, using mobile technology. Judges selected the winner based on the company that demonstrated how remote working had created the greatest positive impact.

Finalist: The National Lottery Awards recognise the difference that lottery-funded projects have made to local communities. YLC beat hundreds of projects, with many thousands of votes, to make the finals. The ceremony was broadcast live, primetime, on BBC1, exposing millions of people to YLC's audience development work, and accessible cinema in general.

Nominated: Cinema Marketing Campaign of the Year, 2018 Screen Awards. Run by Screen International, the awards recognise excellence in UK film marketing, publicity and brand partnerships, acknowledging the teams and individuals that contribute to the success of the British film industry.



Accessible shows provide social benefits such as equality, inclusion and community integration. For a few hours, the disabling barrier is removed. There were more than a million admissions to accessible shows last year!

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