Disabled group calls for better UK cinema facilities

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Media captionVivek Gohill, who has muscular dystrophy, said it is difficult to watch films at the cinema

A group of young disability campaigners have raised a petition calling for better disabled facilities at UK cinemas.

Members of the 400-strong Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers group will meet cinema managers in London later.

The campaign has been backed by actors Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Miranda Richardson and Sigourney Weaver.

Vivek Gohil, 21, of Leicester, who has muscular dystrophy, said disabled people face a "second-class service".

As part of their work the group investigated 125 venues and produced a documentary on the problems they encountered.

Mr Gohil is due to chair a meeting with managers from Vue, Cineworld and Odeon cinema chains, as part of the day.

The investigation found poor views of the screen from wheelchair-accessible seating at one in three of the major cinema venues and uncomfortable accessible seating areas.

The group is calling on cinema industry leaders to commit to tackling cinema accessibility problems.

Its documentary is set to be screened at film festivals across the UK.

"All disabled customers really want is a fair, consistent service," Mr Gohil said.

"At the moment, it is a complete lottery as to what we will find when we visit a cinema, even between two venues belonging to the same chain.

"We have the chance to make some of the most senior people in the industry realise that accessibility is about more than making sure people can get through the front door."

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