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Captioned Movies in 2021: Where Are They?

November 3, 2021

I never realized there were two systems for the hearing impaired. There are times I enjoy seeing the captions because the actors were not clear in speaking or the music drowned them out.

Lipreading Mom

A photo collage of Lipreading Mom with various movie captioning technology, including (top left, clockwise) closed caption signage, LM wearing captioning glasses, theater with “Show Us the Captions!” on it, and CaptiView closed captioning device

Where are the movie captions?

This is a question I have asked for the past 10 years since I became passionate about advocating for movie theater captioning. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, most regular movie-goers have stayed home and watched films from their televisions or mobile devices which allows for various captioning possibilities. But some prefer the in-person movie theater experience as long as Covid sanitation and safety protocols are in place. It is no secret that movies shown in theaters have not always been accessible to the deaf or hard of hearing.

That is why I was thrilled to recently learn that the world’s largest movie theater chain, AMC Theatres, announced in mid-October that…

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