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    Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 3rd Nov 04, 12:49 PM
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    Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled 3rd Nov 04 at 12:49 PM
    Updated 8 April 2008

    Official MoneySavingExpert.com Insert

    The Cinema Exhibitors Association Card is a national card scheme allowing carers to get into cinemas free when going with the person they're caring for, whatever the amount that person has paid. The card lasts three years and costs £5.50.

    The person being cared for must apply. To be eligible you need to be in receipt of disability or attendance allowance or be registered blind.

    To find a cinema where the scheme is operating have a look at the CEA's cinema list.

    If you apply and don't receive your card within three weeks of sending the form call 0845 123 1292 and you'll be put straight through to the CEA Desk. Minicom users can dial 0845 123 1297.

    This discussion was originally included in the email in 2004 so some of the replies may be out of date.

    Many thanks to MoneySaver Testee for the top spot. Back to the original post...

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    The Cinema Exhbitors Association Card is a new national card scheme launched in October through over 500 cinemas in the UK. This card entitles the holder to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. The card holder must meet one or more of the following criteria:-

    1. They are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.
    2. They are a registered blind person.
    3. They are a holder of a Disabled Person's Railcard.

    Application forms are available at all participating cinemas. The card costs £5 and is valid for three years from the date of issue. A listing of cinemas and further information can be found at www.ceacard.co.uk.

    I received this information through a national charity magazine so am assuming it to be all above board and legit.

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    • jellyhead
    • By jellyhead 4th Nov 04, 7:52 PM
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    • 4th Nov 04, 7:52 PM
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 4th Nov 04, 7:52 PM

    great, i'll find out if my deaf step sister can get one of these cards, we are always taking her to see subtitled films :-)
    • Js_Other_Half
    • By Js_Other_Half 5th Nov 04, 2:39 AM
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    • 5th Nov 04, 2:39 AM
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 5th Nov 04, 2:39 AM
    We regularly take kids with a disability to the cinema. Both our local Showcase and UCI will only charge for the child if you are a Carer - usually they don't ask for ID.
    • jellyhead
    • By jellyhead 6th Nov 04, 10:51 PM
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    • 6th Nov 04, 10:51 PM
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 6th Nov 04, 10:51 PM
    my sis is 21 and usually just gives me a fiver so i stand in line for the tickets while she buys sweets lol! so the cinemas have never asked for a disabled card and she's only deaf so they wouldn't know she had a card anyhow, i presume this is why i've never known about the free ticket thing.
  • PhilUK
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    • 6th Nov 04, 10:54 PM
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 6th Nov 04, 10:54 PM
    can you watch a film if you are blind?
  • BoltonMinx
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    • 7th Nov 04, 1:21 PM
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 7th Nov 04, 1:21 PM
    Being certified or registered as blind does not necessarily mean that you are, or will be, totally without sight. As a rough guide:

    You may be registered as blind if your visual acuity is 3/60 or worse (you can see at three metres, or less, what a person with normal vision can see at 60 metres); or 6/60 if your field of vision is very restricted and you do not have full range of sight. For instance, you may have severely reduced side vision.

    You may be registered as partially sighted if your visual acuity is between 3/60 and 6/60 with a full field of vision, or up to 6/18 (18 is the number of the fourth line down the Snellen eye chart) if your field of vision is very restricted.

    Loss of sight in only one eye does not qualify you for registration, unless you have very poor sight in the remaining eye.
    HTH
    • jellyhead
    • By jellyhead 7th Nov 04, 1:37 PM
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    • 7th Nov 04, 1:37 PM
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 7th Nov 04, 1:37 PM
    i'll ask my step sis about that too, she's got tunnel vision and can't see at night. she's got ushers which causes deafness and blindness but she goes to the cinema regularly. it's probably even easier to watch than TV because it's such a big screen.
    • lyniced
    • By lyniced 7th Nov 04, 3:56 PM
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    • 7th Nov 04, 3:56 PM
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 7th Nov 04, 3:56 PM
    Thanks for this - I receive DLA, so would eligable. !
  • nsrjo1
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    • 7th Nov 04, 4:13 PM
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
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    • 7th Nov 04, 4:13 PM
    Cheers for that. Enjoy going to the cinema when I can get out. I get DLA and never knew about this.
    • Jo4
    • By Jo4 7th Nov 04, 4:59 PM
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    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    can you watch a film if you are blind?
    If you have lost 100% of your eyesight than no but you can listen!
    • lyniced
    • By lyniced 7th Nov 04, 7:10 PM
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    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    Some people who are registered blind do have some vision. !They may not be able to drive a car, but can see a cinema screen.

    For the OP - I just spoke to Odeon, who says that all their cinemas accept the CEA card. !I have been getting DLA for 5 years and didn't know about this, so I am very grateful - saves an awful lot of money.
    • redmerlot
    • By redmerlot 7th Nov 04, 7:15 PM
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    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    i don't get any of the things listed but am deaf

    Sick to death of paying to go to pictures with kids and sitting twiddling my thumbs and longing for it to end.

    always felt disgruntled that l have to pay for the pleasure >
    • lyniced
    • By lyniced 7th Nov 04, 9:56 PM
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    yes, redmerlot - I think thats very unfair. !Perhaps you could ask at the cinema if they would give you a reduction because you're deaf. !I think most people haven't got a clue about how people with disabilties cope with day-to-day life. !Even the simplest tasks can become mamouth hurdles. Things are getting better, but there's still a long way to go before we are treated as equals.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 7th Nov 04, 10:01 PM
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    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    Some people who are registered blind do have some vision. They may not be able to drive a car, but can see a cinema screen.
    You might be suprised to know but you can be registered blind and still be able to drive a car.

    The only requirement to drove a car is to be able to read a number plate from a certain distance (69 feet I think).
    You require no peripheral visions at all.

    You can have tunnel vision be registered blind and still pass the test for driving.
    Whether you could actually pass the practical is another matter but you are not ruled out on the basis of sight.
  • advantage_card
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    Being registered blind doesnt mean you are totall blind ie you cannot see at all but that your eyesight is so down the pan it meets criteria with the ophalmologis *sp?* who will then advise whether or not you should be on the vi *visually impaired* or blind list - but just because you may be on the blind register doesnt mean you cannot see the film. You might not have good central vision but may have good enough side vision to see the film OR *as in my case* you may have rubbish side vision but still have good clear central vision. i always make sure im not sitting *squint* otherwise it spoils my enjoyment i have to be sitting i good line with the screen.

    Jut thought i should explain to whoever asked.
    • jellyhead
    • By jellyhead 8th Nov 04, 12:35 AM
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    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    redmerlot where do you live? odeon, UCI and cineworld chains among others have subtitled screenings of many films. you can get details here http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/index.html

    i have registered and get emailed every thursday with subtitled listings. we often go to subtitled showings with my deaf step sister. lots of major films are subtitled, even kids ones. sometimes you have to wait a couple of weeks if it's a film like harry potter and some cinemas are annoying and only show them on monday afternoons (my sis is in college then) but some do great show times that are perfect for us as a family. step sis goes to the cinema anyway, we bumped into her once at our local apollo in a showing of scooby doo which was unsubtitled, none of us knew then that the other cinemas around us (45-60 minute drive away) had subtitled showings. i honestly don't know how i found out about subtitled cinema but my deaf step sis had no idea that it was available, i suppose she always went to the apollo as it's a mile away from her house and they don't have the equipment for subtitled showings.

    sorry this is such a long post, hope the website helps somebody! by the way the UCI cinema has its own subtitle machine and on one occasion it had broken so the cinema staff gave hubby and sis 2 free passes to come again, so if the subtitles are broen make sure you complain lol!
    • redmerlot
    • By redmerlot 8th Nov 04, 12:50 AM
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    redmerlot
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    Wow

    Thanks for the info. Am about 15miles from my nearest cinema but well worth the drive. Going to drag everyone off to see Bridget Jones soon, get my own back lol

    Thanks again
  • GuinnessGirl
    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    Thank you for this information. I am going to send a link for this to Martin as it is something that many people could benefit from if it were in the tips email!
  • Jiffycom
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    I qualify so thanks for this!
    • Mrs_T
    • By Mrs_T 8th Nov 04, 10:54 AM
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    Re: Free Cinema Tickets for the Disabled
    Thanks for this

    Stairs + darkness + mobility problems = bruises!!!!

    Have to have someone with me - i suppose its cheaper to let a person come with you than be sued!!!!

    This is a great Idea now I don't have to justify dragging my hubby to see chick flicks.

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