Access film screenings

Open Captions & Audio Description Screenings

The next access screening:

Alien: Covenant (15) 8:35pm Tues 23 May, Cinema 2

Access screenings include both audio description and captioned film in the same screening, unless stated otherwise.

Audio described film is provided for those with a visual impairment. The film soundtrack comes through the speakers in the usual way and a recorded narrator explains what is happening on screen through personal headphones.

Open captioning is provided for those with a hearing impairment and is similar to subtitling, where the dialogue is written in text at the bottom of the screen. Captioning also includes text description of significant sound effects, such as gun shot.
For audio description headphones, please contact a member of Barbican staff on arrival. Barbican Film provides captioning/audio description using the Dolby Screentalk system.

Relaxed Screenings
We are pleased to announce that we will be programming relaxed screenings starting Autumn 2016. On one Friday or Sunday afternoon each month we will be screening a new release film in a specially tailored environment for adults who may be on the autistic spectrum, have Tourette Syndrome, anxiety, sensory or other learning disabilities. Every other month we will also be programming a relaxed screening of a performance cinema encore. Friends and carers are very welcome.

NT: Obsession (15) Friday 19 May 2pm, Cinema 3

Churchill (12A) Friday 23 June 2pm, Cinema 3

NT: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (12A) Friday 14 July 2pm, Cinema 3

You can find a visual story for your journey to the cinema here.
Please check back on this page for forthcoming screenings or call the Box Office on 0207 638 8891 for up-to-date information.

Access Membership
Access Members are eligible for discounted cinema tickets and receive regular event information suited to individuals requirements and interests.
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If you have any queries regarding cinema access please email