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Persistence pays off for Californian accessible cinema fan

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A Californian teenager who lobbied his local cinema and council to get captioned movies shown at his favourite cinema complex has been rewarded and will now be able to enjoy his first movie on the big screen since he was four years old.

The Santa Monica boy, John Butchko, who is now 13, is looking forward to seeing The Life of Pi on the big screen after repeated approaches to the area’s largest cinema, AMC 7 Theatre, and city officials paid off. AMC 7 announced that it will provide closed captions on four of its seven screens using the Doremi CaptiView technology. 


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New year, new accessible cinemas

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2013 is set to be a landmark year for accessible cinema in Australia with two major cinema chains on track to complete the installation of audio described and closed captioned screens at all of their complexes. On top of this, 15 new cinemas will commence accessible movies by the end of March.

Village Cinemas has completed installing accessible screens across its national circuit, including the recent and last inclusion of Albury Regent Cinemas on the Victorian and New South Wales border.

The new locations for the Hoyts circuit are Northland in Victoria, Stafford in Queensland and Wetherill Park in New South Wales. Hoyts has a larger circuit nationally but is expected to complete its installations by the middle of the year.


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New captioned cinema technology launched in Italy

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Italian company Universal Multimedia Access has teamed with electronics giant Epson to launch MovieReading, a new competitor in the market for cinema captioning technology.

The MovieReading app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets allows you to watch closed captions discreetly on your own personal device. The app is compatible with Epson’s Moverio BT100 glasses, which replicate the effect of open captions, similar to Sony’s Entertainment Access Glasses. At a cost of 299 euros ($370), MovieReading is working towards Italian cinemas purchasing glasses to hire out to customers. Some cinemas are also hiring out tablets with pre-loaded captions for one euro.


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