Posted: Jul 11, 2012 5:49 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Jul 11, 2012 9:13 PM
I get Good Questions by email, on facebook and from people coming up to me on the street. But I got this one from someone who left me a phone message because she doesn't have a computer.
Evelyn Kriezer wants to know: Why don't movie theaters have closed captioning for the hearing impaired?
Movies haven't had closed captioning because because cost-efficient technology didn't exist. But with 10% of Americans hearing impaired, that's changing soon. The president of the National Association of Theater Owners says right now, 70% of theaters have captioning technology, and in a few years, all of them will.
The reason is that the theaters are converting to digital projection. Digital is cheaper than traditional celluloid reels and the captions can be imbedded right into the movie. The captions aren't seen by regular viewers, but anyone with special glasses will be able to follow the dialogue at the bottom of the screen, like subtitles on foreign films.
Regal and Galaxy Theaters on the Central Coast already show some movies in this way. It's up to the movie producers and studios to caption the movies.
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