Private Eyes Movie Night

Enjoy the movies again with “Caption Glasses”! Join us at our next “meeting” on Tuesday, November 28.

Depending on Curtain Time Theatre Club or Holiday conflicts, The Movie Club meets on the third or fourth Tuesday from September through May around 4:00 to 4:30 PM at the Hollywood 20 on Main St. in Sarasota.

A roundtable review – and other conversation – follows at a restaurant within a short walking distance of the theatre.

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The Private Eyes Movie Club is open to anyone in the community to learn how caption glasses can improve your understanding of a film. Glasses are FREE with the purchase of your movie ticket.

HLAA members are entitled to a FREE movie ticket with their first outing with the Movie Club. Those interested should contact Anne Taylor (anne7257@gmail.com) to be included to the monthly club mailings. It is also important that you RSVP to Anne if you need to reserve a pair of caption glasses.

The 2016 DOJ “Rule”– The rule requires that movie theater auditoriums provide closed movie captioning and audio description when showing a digital movie distributed with such features unless doing so would result in an undue burden or a fundamental alteration. The rule requires movie theaters to have a specified number of captioning devices and audio description devices based on the number of auditoriums in the movie theater that show digital movies.

Meet Anne Taylor in the lobby – Caption Glasses are obtained from the service counter inside the lobby.

See you on September 19!

The exact time and movie will be announced to Private Eyes members and guests. Membership is free – sign-up with link below, by e-mail or on Facebook.

Remember to ask for “caption glasses” or caption devices at any movie theatre and thank them for the accommodation.

Sony describes the glasses as follows: “The glasses may be comfortably worn over prescription eyewear. The closed-caption viewing uses unique Sony holographic technology, which delivers bright, clear, and easy-to-read subtitles seemingly ‘in the air’. The system transmits closed-caption data from a media server wirelessly to the glasses’ receiver box, and can be programmed to display subtitles in a choice of six languages.

The Private Eyes Movie Club is open to anyone in the community to learn how Sony Captioned Glasses can improve your understanding of a film.

Glasses are free with the purchase of your movie ticket.

HLAA Members are entitled to a free movie ticket with their first outing with the Movie Club.

Those interested in the movie club should contact Anne Taylor (anne7257@gmail.com) to be included to the monthly movie club mailings. It is also important that you RSVP to Anne if you need to reserve a pair of caption glasses.

The December group saw “La La Land” and followed with a great meal and discussion.

Our friends at Captionfish –   www.captionfish.com  – report on all theatres and screens in North America that offer closed captions. A website test found that the link “Sarasota” brought up 13 theatres within 60 miles and 212 movies that are captioned.

Check it out!

 

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All AMC cinemas offer the CaptiView captioning system and Sony Caption Glasses are available at all Regal cinemas nationwide.

More and more theaters are providing caption glasses as the Justice Department, HLAA and other organizations have some timing agreements in place for ADA caption compliance with the National Association of Theatre Owners. We meet at Regal, as they were the pioneers in captioning when they didn’t have to do it.

Regal Entertainment Group is the largest movie exhibitor in the United States with 6,657 screens.

In 2012 Regal began using the digital format rather than the traditional method of using reels of film.

Using the digital platform, Regal then rolled out adaptive technologies for the deaf and blind. The system includes specially designed lightweight eyewear, which privately displays closed caption text directly in the line of sight. The assistive technology can accommodate headphones of neck loops connected to the wireless receiver to hear descriptive audio tracks for patron who have low vision or those who are blind.

Regal also announced a partnership with Captionfish, an Internet search engine that finds captioned and narrated movies showing in the United States.
Our friends at Captionfish – www.captionfish.com – report on all theatres and screens in North America that offer closed captions. Check it out!

 

Our friends at Captionfish, www.captionfish.com/ list all theatres in North America that offer closed captions. Check it out.
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All AMC cinemas offer the CaptiView captioning system and Sony Access Glasses are available at all Regal cinemas nationwide. Sony Access Glasses are only available at Regal cinemas, but the CaptiView system can be found at some other national chains like Cinemark, as well as independents. These devices can also less confusing to newcomers if referred to as captioning systems and not Closed Captions (CC). Closed captions, once accessed like on TV or a DVD or streamed home movie, are seen by everyone watching the screen. In contrast, captioning systems provide personal captions for the device user only. Burns Court does not offer captions (unless a foreign film) but they do have a hearing loop system on screens 1 and 3.

Our friends at Captionfish, www.captionfish.com/ list all theatres in North America that offer closed captions. Check it out.

BUT the caption glasses will always be available in participating theaters in Sarasota and Manatee counties throughout the country at participating theatres.

Our friends at Captionfish, http://www.captionfish.com/ , can list the theatres with closed captions for you anywhere in North America. As an example, here are the theaters with closed captioning within 30 miles of downtown Sarasota:

Burns Court Cinema (1 and 3)
506 Burns Lane
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-3456

Regal Hollywood 20-Sarasota
1993 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 365-2000

Parkway 8
6300 North Lockwood Ridge
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 379-6684

AMC Sarasota 12
8201 S Tamiami Trl
Sarasota, FL 34238

Regal Oakmont 8
4801 Cortez Road W
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941)954-5768

Regal Town Center Stadium 16 – Port Charlotte
1441 Tamiami Trail Unit 701
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
(941) 623-0114

 

Finding Captions at the Movies in 2016

Since 2009, the search engine CaptionFish, http://captionfish.com has been providing information about captioned movie theaters to persons with hearing loss. The following information from the Caption Fish website provides a glossary of important terms about movie captioning technologies as well as a list of theaters within any radius identified by the user.

Movie-goer’s tip: Plan ahead by calling the theater first to make sure that captions are provided for the movie that you’d like to see. It is often especially effective to ask to speak to the theater’s manager.

Here is an example of the information for our “home” theater where all screens are captioned (limited to 3 screens for space):

Regal Hollywood 20-Sarasota
1993 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34230 · (941) 365-2000
xxx
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Concussion (PG-13)
TODAY:
1:05pm, 4:20pm, 7:35pm, 10:40pm
TOMORROW:
1:05pm, 4:20pm, 7:35pm, 10:40pm
Wednesday:
1:05pm, 4:20pm, 7:35pm, 10:40pm
Thursday:
1:05pm, 4:20pm, 7:35pm, 10:40pm

Creed (PG-13)
TODAY:
12:35pm, 3:40pm, 7:05pm, 10:10pm
TOMORROW:
12:35pm, 3:40pm, 7:05pm, 10:10pm
Wednesday:
12:35pm, 3:40pm, 7:05pm, 10:10pm
Thursday:
12:35pm, 3:40pm, 7:05pm, 10:10pm

Daddy’s Home (PG-13)
TODAY:
12:15pm, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:20pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 10:25pm
TOMORROW:
12:15pm, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:20pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 10:25pm
Wednesday:
12:15pm, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:20pm, 7:25pm, 7:55pm, 10:25pm
Thursday:
12:15pm, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 5:20pm, 7:55pm, 10:25pm

 

A glossary of terms related to captioning in movie theatres:

OC – Open Captioned – The movie’s text is superimposed over the screen images.

RW – Rear Window® Captioned – A transparent acrylic panel attached to your seat reflects the captions so that they appear superimposed on the screen

USL – USL Closed Captioned System (CCS)® – The CCS is designed to enhance the hearing impaired cinema patron’s movie-going experience. A single infrared emitter broadcasts closed caption text and two channels of audio into an auditorium which can be picked up by either a display that can be flexibly positioned in front of you or special eyewear.

SONY – SONY Access Glasses® – An infrared emitter broadcasts closed caption text into an auditorium which can be picked up by special eyewear.

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CV – CaptiView® Closed Captioning – The CaptiView system consists of a small OLED display on a bendable support arm that fits into the theater seat cup holder. The easy-to-read screen is equipped with a high contrast display that comes with a privacy visor so it can be positioned directly in front the movie patron with minimal impact or distraction to neighboring patrons.

ST – Subtitled – Textual versions of the dialogue are displayed in English on the bottom of the screen.

DV – Descriptive Video – Descriptive narration in specially equipped auditoriums is fed via infrared or FM transmitter to a small portable receiver, enabling blind and visually impaired moviegoers to hear the descriptions on headsets from any seat in the theater.

Of note, Hollywood 20 now offers CaptiView as well as Sony Caption Glasses. CaptiView is much improved, so the very few people who did not like the glasses now have an alternative.

“Private Eyes” free membership is limited to HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee members. First time “Private Eye” members are entitled to a free movie ticket at their first movie. To receive the notice of the movie selected, which goes out the weekend before the movie date, contact Anne Taylor. Anne uses the following email address for Private Eyes – chrisnmitaylor@hotmail.com.

Good News—the Captionfish Facebook page reported:

“A quick update for all of our fans—we are delighted to be able to stay open and continue providing updates to our website where you can search for captioned movie showings near you. We are evaluating our services, including the app—stay tuned!
Again, we’re grateful that we’ve been able to find a way to continue providing our top-notch captioned movie search service to all of our loyal fans!”

The webpage, http://www.captionfish.com/, even lets you choose the theatre with the type of caption device you prefer (see below).

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Of note, Hollywood 20 now offers CaptiView as well as Sony Caption Glasses. CaptiView is much improved, so the very few people who did not like the glasses now have an alternative. Some have found that CaptiView for some reason has more consistent delivery of the dialogue.

Remember to ask for “caption glasses” or caption devices at any movie theatre and thank them for the accommodation. Sony describes the lasses as follows: “The glasses may be comfortably worn over prescription eyewear. The closed-caption viewing uses unique Sony holographic technology, which delivers bright, clear, and easy-to-read subtitles seemingly ‘in the air.’ The system transmits closed-caption data from a media server wirelessly to the glasses’ receiver box, and can be programmed to display subtitles in a choice of six languages.

“Private Eyes” free membership is limited to HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee member. First time “Private Eye” members are entitled to a free movie ticket at their first movie. To receive the notice of the movie selected, which goes out the weekend before the movie date, contact Anne Taylor at evenings@hlas.org.