Event Cinemas Campbelltown to host inclusive movie experience

Happy to host: Event Cinemas' Andrew Fenessy and Sharrie Webster with Tracey Clissold, Anility Links' Fiona Curtis and Rhonda McCaw with her guide dog Shelly.
Happy to host: Event Cinemas' Andrew Fenessy and Sharrie Webster with Tracey Clissold, Anility Links' Fiona Curtis and Rhonda McCaw with her guide dog Shelly.

Going to the movies can be a difficult experience for people who are hearing or vision impaired, but Ability Links Macarthur is working to change that.

The disability organisation will host an audio descriptive and closed caption screening of The Lion King at Event Cinemas Campbelltown on Friday, July 19.

The event starts at 5pm with registration followed by speeches by special guests before the movie.

Campbelltown Deaf Community spokeswoman Tracey Clissold said people travelled from across Sydney to come to these events.

"It's good to see the full screen and be able to read the captions rather than having to look at a smaller screen for the words and back to the big screen for the pictures," she said.

"These movies can also benefit people learning English or children learning how to speak - it's not just for deaf people."

It makes the cinema experience more inclusive.

Rhonda McCaw

This year's screening will also feature Bindi Maps to help visually impaired people navigate the cinema.

Bindi Maps is a mobile application that uses Bluetooth and navigation to direct blind people to different locations.

Campbelltown's Visually Impaired Support Group coordinator Rhonda McCaw said the maps would make the cinema experience a little easier.

"Paired with the audio descriptive screening it makes going to the movies more enjoyable," she said.

"We aren't annoying other people in the cinema having to ask what is happening or where to go.

"It's so important because it makes the cinema experience more inclusive."

To book, callĀ 0475 801 619.