Southeast Asia’s first cinema for the visually impaired opens in KL

Kuala Lumpur will become the first city in Southeast Asia to offer Audio Described (AD) movies, enabling the visually-impaired to ‘watch’ movies. 

In case you’re wondering, this is how it usually works: while the movie’s soundtrack plays as usual through cinema speakers, a narrator would describe – between the dialogue – what’s happening on screen and those with sight problems can listen to them through headphones. 

Maybank and the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) worked together in setting up the cinema which will screen movies every month, the New Straits Times reports.

MAB chief executive officer Datuk Ganesan Supaya told the daily that AD movies would be bought from Amazon.com.

These screenings are free and open to the public.

Photo credit: BBC

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