Saturday, May 13, 2006

Cinema Watch - Week #3

Here I am again with my look at VUE cinemas in London to see if 1) my local cinema has bothered using it's Audio Description equipment this week ... and whether it'd be possible for me to travel to another London cinema in order to see a film.

Basically we have a situation where quite a few London cinemas have AD capability but don't bother ensuring that they put a described movie in the screen that has the technology.

So, my local cinema is Finchley Road VUE at the O2 Centre.

Here's how VUE are doing this week:

Acton: Mission Impossible 3 all week.

Croydon, Grants - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Croydon, Purley Way - Mission Impossible 3 all week.

Finchley Road - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Fulham - Ice Age 2 all week

Harrow - Mission Impossible 3 all week.

Islington - Ice Age 2 all week.

North Finchely - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Shepherd's Bush - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Staines - Mission Impossible 3 all week

Thurrock - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Watford - Mission Impossible 3 all week

West End - Scary Movie 4 sun/tues only.


There seems to be a little bit of a pick-up this week. And look, their flagship cinema West End are showing something this week! Hurrah. Is Scary Movie 4 any good? That's the one most likely to get me visiting the cinema out of the above choice of MI3, Ice Age 2 and Scary Movie 4 in London.

If you look outside of London you discover that many cinemas show 2 different AD movies per week. And that there seems to be a greater choice around the UK.

And you'll have seen that Finchley Road, my most conveniently close cinema, is again showing nothing with AD.

Is it a case of going to Blockbuster again? The latest DVD releases with AD on that look most promising, are: The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Producers (2005), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Dr Who series 1 box set is also available but still haven't made my mind up about it and prefer David Tennant to Chris Ecclestone.

Check out VUE's AD and subtitled movie schedule for yourself.

2 comments:

BloggingMone said...

Mmmh...Wow...great choice. Did you have a chance to see "16 blocks" by now? If you have an itch to go to the cinema: Yes, it may not be the greatest of all movies and it is neither critical, nor political, but Ice Age 2 is good fun. Most of the time...

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