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Closed captions at Hoyts Broadway. What’s it like?

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The new closed caption sessions at Hoyts Broadway in Sydney have been running for a couple of weeks now. As Media Access Australia’s cinema project manager, I thought it was a good time to pop into the cinema to talk to staff and trial the system for myself.

After making my way past the mesmerising Ben & Jerry’s ice cream store at the front of the complex, I enquired about the system at the ticket counter. The staff member, although helpful, wasn’t too sure of what I was asking about but had no hesitation in calling the manager to assist me. This was the only blip in my experience at the cinema.

Location manager Daniel Wlodarczyk had all the answers I needed and rightly pointed out that the service was quite new and procedures were still being tested and finalised across all areas of the cinema.


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Latest news on new closed caption movie sessions

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From 30 December, 2010, three Australian cinemas were to have begun closed caption screenings of movies using the new CaptiView technology.  At the time of print, only two have begun closed captioned sessions.

Event Cinemas Robina, on Queensland's Gold Coast, is showing two movies this opening week: the kids' summer hit movie, Megamind, and comedy drama Love and Other Drugs, starring Jake Gyllenhal and Ann


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Get ready, Gold Coast – captioned cinema is coming your way

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Event Cinemas Robina will begin closed captioned movie sessions from 30 December 2010.

As part of the Cinema Access Implementation Plan, Event Cinemas Robina will be one of the first three locations in Australia to begin closed captioned screenings using the CaptiView system. The cinema will have 10 CaptiView units on site to be used by movie patrons requiring captions. 


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Get reading at Reading Cinemas, Charlestown

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Captioned cinema fans will welcome not just a new captioned cinema location, but a new caption viewing device and a new cinema chain from 30 December 2010.

Reading Cinemas at Charlestown in NSW will be the first Reading location to begin screening captioned sessions.


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