8 December 2011 Cinema chains agree to work with Trailblazers to improve access and awareness
Trailblazers from across the UK came together in Westminster today to put their thoughts and opinions to senior executives from Odeon, Cineworld and Vue cinemas.
Earlier in the day members of the network took a petition of more than 1,000 signatures to the Prime Minister, calling for action to improve the services and facilities for disabled customers at cinemas.
At a meeting of the All Party Parlaimentary Group (APPG) for Young Disabled People, Trailblazers discussed the findings from our Big Picture report and recommended the installation of removable seating options as a way of ensuring wheelchair spaces could be used, even when no disabled customers were in the cinema.
Trailblazers also put forward concerns regarding disability awareness among cinema staff, and APPG Chairman, Paul Maynard MP, suggested the cinema chains work with Trailblazers so staff members can learn from their expertise. Odeon cinemas said this was 'highly probable'.
Trailblazers Project Manager, Bobby Ancil, said:
This has become a very important and significant campaign for Trailblazers. It was encouraging to hear that the cinemas are keen to learn from our experiences and research, and to work with Trailblazers to ensure young disabled people get a good service at cinemas.
Trailblazers Vivek Gohil, Catherine Alexander and Sarah Croft were interviewed, talking to BBC and ITV news in their areas.
Watch Vivek on BBC East Midlands Today - 13 minutes 14 seconds
Watch Catherine on BBC North West Tonight - 7 minutes 28 seconds