Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Captions for a Rainy Day

Me at the recent Star Trek Into Darkness showing. 
If you're a hearing impaired resident or visitor to Key West and want to catch a movie, you're in luck! The local Regal Theater behind the Wendy's off Roosevelt on the north side of the island, has closed caption glasses. All you have to do is ask for them at the box office, when you buy your ticket. If you don't have a Regal Rewards card, they will ask you to sign a checkout form.

The glasses are easy to use. The manager will set them to the correct channel (theater number) and all you have to do is hang the receiver around your neck and put on the glasses. Sometimes, the cord for the receiver won't be attached to the holders on back, if it's not, just slide the cord under the clips and you're good to go. 

Captions are a light green and appear to float in the air in front of you. If you move your head, the captions move with you. A nice plus, if you have to reach for the popcorn. 

You can adjust where the captions appear by holding onto the black piece on the side of the glasses and clicking it up or down. 

If you're watching a film that's longer than 90 minutes, the top of your ears will get a little sore. I slide the glasses on so that some of my hair is over my ears and that helps. 

Some caption glasses out there are also for the visually impaired and they will describe the action on the screen. I am not sure if these glasses have that ability, but I did have one manager ask if I needed the audio turned on, so they probably do.  You can check with the theater, before you go, if you have any questions. 

Regal Theater 3338 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL - (305) 294-0000

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