New technology to greatly improve the lives of visual and hearing impaired Gold Coasters has been installed at the Arts Centre Cinema.
With thousands of residents impacted by poor eyesight and hearing, the technology is already proving a winner for cinema goers.
Closed Captions are now available so people can read what they can’t hear and enjoy the latest movies. Captions are delivered via a personal device, with a privacy screen, so only you can see the captions.
General Manager of The Arts Centre Destry Puia is glad that impaired guests can access their favourite movies.
“This means that our loyal guests can sit in any seat in the cinema, use the receivers and enjoy themselves.”
Cinema 1 and 2 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast has 3 types of equipment available to assist our guests upon request. The variety of equipment available, are as follows –
* Closed Caption Headset Receiver – to assist hearing impaired guests
– Glasses with captions that receive caption via Infrared energy
* Closed Caption Receiver
– Gooseneck held caption box that receives captions via infrared energy. Rests in the chair cup
* Listening assistive headset
For our visually impaired guests, now you can listen to audio described movies so you can hear things you might have difficulty seeing with a spoken commentary and enjoy all the parts of a movie, including visual jokes, visual scenes, settings and body language.
These headsets can also be used to assist hearing impaired guests with audio enhancement. The audio is delivered through a personal headset with individual left and right volume controls. You can sit in any seat in the cinema and enjoy!
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate will be at The Arts Centre to endorse the latest products.
“I congratulate the Arts Centre for investing in this equipment and know it will greatly enhance the experience many residents enjoy when attending the theatre here at Evandale.
“This is our City’s Accessible and Inclusive Action Plan at work. As Mayor, I am determined to ensure our community’s most vulnerable residents have equitable access to the services and facilities our City offers,” said Mayor Tom Tate.
These sessions are listed on The Arts Centre website with CC inserted beside. These products are compatible with films that have been encrypted with this technology. This new technology at the Arts Cinema is subject to availability. Be sure to check session times or ask one of the friendly Box Office staff for information on enabled access sessions.