by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A lady asked,
Why don’t movie theaters have subtitles for the hearing impaired. They have them for foreign films. Maybe they do and I don’t know about them.
Some films are open-captioned—so you read the captions just like on your TV. Most hearing people do not like them, so open captions are not too common. Typically open-captioned movies are shown in “off” times and only shown once or twice.
Much more common is rear-window captioning where you ask for the little screen that you put in the cup holder and aim at the rear wall where the captions are projected in reverse. This way it doesn’t bother the rest of the people.
Rear-window captioning was becoming quite popular, but just recently, some big movie chains have switched to the new Sony closed-captioned eyeglasses. You wear a pair of special glasses and see the captions floating in front of you. This doesn’t bother anyone else so also have a good chance of becoming the latest captioning method of choice. You can wear the glasses over your existing glasses.
So there are captioned movies out there. You just need to ask when they are being shown. If you don’t know where to find captioned movies, check out CaptionFish. You can learn more about CaptionFish in my article CaptionFish Finds Captioned Movies Showing Near You.
[Note: Captionfish is shutting down on December 31, 2014. Here is the massage, “We are closing Captionfish down on December 31st. As one of our valued supporters, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of Captionfish through its amazing ride. This has been a labor of love, but due to our personal commitments and lack of funding, we are unable to provide ongoing support for Captionfish.”]