Leicester Phoenix's crowdfunding campaign is successful


Phoenix, Leicester’s independent cinema, have reached their target in a crowdfunding campaign to enable the purchase of headsets that will enable more people with sight and hearing loss to experience and enjoy cinema.

The headsets, which allow for audio description tracks and amplified sound, will significantly increase the number of audience members able to engage with Phoenix’s programme of mainstream and independent film.

“I’m grateful to everyone who donated to our appeal including Leicester City Council, says Phoenix CEO John Rance. We work hard to make our cultural programme accessible to a wide range of people and the new headsets mean many more people with hearing or sight loss can enjoy Phoenix’s wonderful world cinema programme”.

Phoenix will also continue regular film events with subtitles, audio description and supported environment screenings for children and young people on the autistic spectrum and their families.

Phoenix Education Manager Alexzandra Jackson says:

“Everybody deserves the whole story but for people with a sight or hearing loss, the cinema isn't always the most accessible place.

“We have an infrared system in both Screen 1 and 2 which allows people with a sight or hearing loss to use a personal headset to hear the film audio described alongside the action in the film or to hear an amplified dialogue track.

“Thanks to the generosity of our backers and the City Mayor’s fund, we will be able to increase the number of headsets we have so we can cater to more people including guide dog groups, social groups and special educational needs school groups.”

Phoenix’s campaign, hosted by Spacehive, will allow the cinema to buy 26 new infrared headsets costing £72 each and have their 16 existing headsets fixed or improved with new ear caps.

To make a booking or find out more about Phoenix visit www.phoenix.org.uk