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Now that the thrust of the holiday movie season is upon us, let’s talk about something not so cheerful: Going to a film and not being able to hear it. Thousands of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing miss out because they can’t follow dialogue on the big screen. Big chains like AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment, having been sued countless times for not having captioning systems, have agreed to settle lawsuits by installing some caption systems, in some cities. As a result, some U.S. movie theaters have this technology in place. The bigger nut to crack is finding a particular film, when you want it, where you want it. It’s almost fanciful, like trying to catch Santa in your chimney on Christmas Eve. Movie chains say they don’t want to disrupt their hearing audience, so they tend to run captions on just one or two new films — of ... keep reading »
According to The Arizona Star, AMC Multi-Cinema Inc. has agreed to retrofit some of its auditoriums to make the shows there more accessible to the deaf and the blind. “AMC agreed to install new digital captioning and “narrative description” technology — for people who are blind technology in two auditoriums at its lone 15-auditorium theater at the Foothills Mall and additional auditoriums at eight theaters in the Phoenix area. The chain also agreed that at least 10 percent of any new auditoriums will have the same technologies. The move comes more than two years after the state Attorney General’s Office filed suit accusing the chain of discrimination. The deal ends the lawsuit and the possibility that a judge could fine the company and order the firm to make specific changes.” keep reading »