Deaf community pushes for closed captioning at movie theatres

Updated: 08/09/2014 7:27 PM
Created: 08/09/2014 6:24 PM WHEC.com

Members of the deaf community are calling for changes to the way movie theatres handle closed captioning.

A sit-in was held on Saturday at Regal Theatres in Henrietta. People at the protest say the theatre provides glasses for deaf moviegoers with closed captioning on them, but they are uncomfortable and don’t work well. They say it has discouraged some deaf viewers from going to the movies altogether.

Protestors say it’s not fair, and they want Regal to turn on closed captioning for all movies if there’s a deaf person in attendance.

“We tried to get the glasses, but they are not really comfortable for us. They only had about 25 pairs of the glasses available, so there were other people who came in and couldn’t get them. People that did get them were complaining because they were heavy and uncomfortable,” said Denice Lopez, deaf moviegoer.

Regal has yet to comment.

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