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My movie watching experience with captions

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Maria Shuwera with the rear window captioning device.

My movie watching experience with captions

By Maria Shuwera, CONNECT Support Worker

On a recent trip to my local Galaxy movie theatre, I asked for the Rear Window Captioning device. While I don’t have hearing loss myself, I like to use captioning on my TV at home and decided to give the device a try on the advice of a consumer. The captioning device looks like a goose-necked lamp. The base fits into your cup holder, and then you adjust the flexible neck so the captions screen is lined up with the bottom of the movie screen, similar to traditional captioning.

The trailers and advertisements are typically not captioned, so when I first got to my seat and turned it on, nothing happened. However, once the movie (the new Pixar film Inside Out) started, voila! Captions!

I thought perhaps the device would be huge and troublesome, but it was small and user-friendly. In the dark of the theatre, the light from the captions screen is not bothersome to other movie-goers, as the screen is shielded on all sides and visible only to the user.

Galaxy has a great website which clearly indicates which movies are captioned. While some movies are not captioned, it’s important to note that this is not the fault of the theatre, but rather a decision made by the film’s production company.

I would encourage any movie lover who typically uses captioning at home – or even one who doesn’t –  to ask for the Rear Window Captioning device whenever you go to the movies. I would also encourage you to contact movie companies to voice your requests for captioning on all movies. 

And if you know about other options for captioning at the movies, please share!

Rear window captioning device.

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