When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released in December, it was screened in 740 cinemas across the country.

However, Harry, who has been profoundly deaf from a very early age, said he was unable to find one suitable subtitled screening of the film in Manchester.

In order to avoid missing out, the 21-year-old had to travel from south Manchester to Liverpool in order to watch a subtitled screening of the biggest movie release of last year.

“I got to the cinema and when the film started, a different film was playing without subtitles,” Harry told the Manchester Evening News.

“We complained to the staff, who to their credit did resolve the issue calmly, but it just highlights the lack of attention paid to subtitled films.”

Harry says he could not find a suitable subtitled screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in Manchester during its opening week

Figures released today by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) found that nearly all parents of deaf children (85pc) said a lack of subtitled films were stopping their children from enjoying the cinema.

The NDCS said the figures were 'shocking' and highlighted an urgent need for cinemas and movie studios to have more inclusive screenings.

“The message from parents is clear; deaf children can’t enjoy the same films as their hearing friends because cinemas won’t provide subtitles," Steve Haines, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the NDCS said.

“Missing out on the cinema isn’t just about missing a new film. It’s about being excluded from society just because you’re deaf.

"It’s about the loneliness and isolation you experience. It’s about not being valued, when all it would take is a minor adjustment."

Generic image of a mother with daughter watching a movie at the cinema

In fact, Harry’s mum told the M.E.N that subtitled screenings were 'few and far between'.

"We have to search through the cinema website to find screenings," Sandra said.

"Most of the time there will only be one screening available and it will usually be at a random time throughout the day. It’s not always in the evening or over the weekend.

"We are restricted to whatever the cinema chooses to provide subtitles for, so we can’t really ever choose what film we want to watch either."

Sandra said they will often use a website called Your Local Cinema, which serves as a directory for subtitled cinema screenings across the country.

According to the website, many of the big releases at cinemas have minimal subtitled screenings.

Despite opening on January 24 at 656 locations nationwide, there were only three subtitled screenings of The Personal History Of David Copperfield taking place in Manchester this week - none of which were on a Saturday or Sunday.

Services like Your Local Cinema allow people to find subtitled screenings near to them, but they are 'few and far between'

Manchester moviegoers wanting a subtitled screening of Bad Boys For Life , another big release, had just one choice of a Thursday evening screening at the Trafford Centre Odeon.

In total, there were no subtitled screenings at all over the weekend at a central Manchester cinema.

The findings by the NDCS found that only 43pc of cinemas showed subtitled screenings of the latest Star Wars film during its opening week.

Only 35pc of screenings for family film Frozen 2 were subtitled during its opening week too - slightly higher than the 24pc of subtitled screenings forThe Secret Life of Pets 2.

More than half of UK cinemas didn’t have a single subtitled showing during the opening week of such major releases as The Lion King and Toy Story 4.

Only 35% of screenings for Disney's Frozen 2 were subtitled

“From my experience, subtitled films will usually attract lower audiences so I can understand the financial perspective and loss of profits for cinemas with regards to subtitles,” adds Harry.

“But it doesn't seem fair for sensory-impaired film-goers to miss out on the latest releases and have to watch these films a few weeks or months after others, especially after details of the films are on social media.”

Harry added that on some occasions, cinemas have mixed subtitled showings with other inclusive screenings.

“I've had an incident where the only subtitled showing for a film was also an autism-friendly showing.

“I appreciate that people with needs other than hearing loss may want to use subtitled showings, but it was possibly disrespectful that the cinema decided to put people with different needs together rather than catering for each need separately.”

The research from the NDCS found that two thirds of parents have stopped taking their child to the cinema altogether.

Figures from the NDCS said many parents of deaf children will now prefer to watch films at home as opposed to the cinema

In response to the findings, the NDCS is launching a national campaign asking cinemas to become more accessible for deaf children.

The campaign aims to encourage every cinema in the country to ensure that all deaf children can access the films they want to see, either by providing subtitles or using existing technology, such as captioned glasses.

"This is a national disgrace and it has to change," Steve added.

"Our promise to deaf children is that we’ll fight tooth and nail to persuade cinemas to open up their films for everyone to experience.

“All it would take is providing subtitles when a deaf child needs them, or using new technology.

"So the question is, which cinemas will be the first to make the same promise and give deaf children the chance to watch the films they love?”