Closed Caption/Open Caption Movies

I’ve avoided movies for years bc of the loudness plus difficulty hearing dialogue. However, after a very pleasant experience taking my grandchildren to see Lion King, I’m interested in seeing more films.
A friend said he thought it was law theaters had to provide cc glasses (?) on request. I’ve attempted to research this but haven’t had too much luck. Also, are there theaters that still show open captioned? From what I’ve read this is preferred by most people, even some normal hearing individuals apparently.
Thanks for any info and/or guidance.

Here is the UK, most all cinemas offer open captioned films but they are often at times most unsuited to normal family viewing and has been the bone of contention for many deaf over the years. For example, most captioned showing times are often early afternoon and weekends, very, very rarely any during the evenings when most people finish work. It’s almost as if cinemas don’t think deaf people have jobs or go to work! :thinking:

It’s also been known that sometimes hearing people have got up and complained about the captions and they have switched them off! Quite often they say they cannot be shown due to a fault! :rage:

CC Glasses are not something widely available here in the UK but it has been trialed in a few places.

Because of all the problems mentioned above (and more!) I avoid going to the cinema. I much prefer to watch movies with captions in the comfort of my own home on my big TV. It’s far cheaper, I can choose when to watch, I can choose when to pause when I need a toilet break (something you can’t do at a cinema! :laughing: ), I can eat/drink what I like (also far cheaper) and I don’t end up coming home with a cold, cough or some other virus I’d usually pick up from the spluttering crowds at cinemas. It’s a no-brainer for me! :wink:


Good topic. I didn’t go to movies for years because I only knew about open captions and none of the theatres around me offer that. Found out about the CC devices and have gone a few times since then. It isn’t perfect. One time I missed the first 20 mins cuz I had to find someone to fix it cause it wouldn’t turn on. Mostly it has been a good experience.

In the US, you can find theatres that offer captions at It also lists what kind of captions they offer and which movies or movie times of not available for all. Most sites made by the theatre will also list if they have it. You can also call to confirm before heading out.

So far I have only tried the cup holder device. I would like to try the glasses but none of the theaters aroundme offer that version.

I agree it is much simpler and cheaper to watch at home especially with the crazy movie prices now but sometimes it is nice to go out.

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We have similar for the UK too, for anyone not aware. This is at

My experience with the cup thing was something like this.

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There are some movie theatres that offers captioning. I have not seen new movies in years as tickets are 10 dollars or more now. I have not seen which caption devices they use. I have a metropcs cell phone with unlimited data and l get free Amazon Prime membership. In Prime, l watch movies and television shows and all of them are captioned. Most of the movies and tv shows are free.

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In the US, any theater using digital projection must provide closed captioning devices, with a few exceptions. Of course whether or not the device works is another story, although failure to maintain the device is an ADA violation.

I have never seen a movie theater with open captions, but that may be do to where I have lived. I also notice that caption fish doesn’t come close to showing all the captioned movies or even theaters near me.

There have been many complaints over the years that theaters play the volume too loud.


Here in Canada, our major theatre chain has the cup-holder CC units in many theatres.

Interesting. Not seen those before.
Does that mean you have to look up at the screen for the movie and down at the display for the captions all the time? That would drive me bonkers.

No, the idea is that you use the bendy metal arm to postion the CC screen underneath the film, so the captions are in the same field of view.

What about focal plane? Won’t the eyes be constantly refocusing between far (screen) and near (captions)?

Yes, but you’ll be too busy worrying about the whole thing falling onto your neighbour’s lap to watch the movie anyway.


I don’t do caption. I can either watch a movie or I can read the book. I can’t read lips and captions at the same time

Sadly, lips aren’t always on screen to read.

In Australia

[/quote]# CaptiView: a raw deal for deaf cinema goers[/quote]

[/quote]So unpopular are the CaptiViews, that many in the deaf community refer to it as “CraptiView”.[/quote]

Fully agree. I tried it once. Never again. I actively resist going to the movies these days. A percentage of captioned sessions should be mandated in my opinion.

Interesting and such a shame.

I noted that Ms McKenzie said…
“The ongoing view from the industry is that, ‘patrons will be turned off by seeing captions’, and, ‘patrons will cease attending movies if OC is required’,” Deaf Australia chief executive Kyle Miers said.

“I have always challenged them to prove these statements, but they have not provided any evidence whatsoever.”

Well, she only has to turn to the UK for this evidence.

To be fair, those who hate subtitles are in the minority. A recent survey found only 10% were against them. Those who do complain though are a real upsetting turnoff when open subtitle screenings are already unreliable and hard to find as it is. In any case, hearing moviegoers in the UK can avoid open subtitled screenings by going at times when subtitles are not shown. And there are plenty of them!

I actively go and see movies with subtitles (I am in the UK) To help drive a demand for them.

What I just read from one of the comments on here that people wont see a film with them just helps my drive to go watch films when they’re available.
Yes they tend to be on at silly times but luckily I can watch at these times, I dont work during these times (yes I have a job surprise surprise (thats just to non deaf people reading from google) There is one thing that I have a problem with is not that it isnt shown enough (it should be but swings and roundabouts but the fact they charge you the highest price possible for it.)

That effectively means that disabled people are paying extra for the same rights as a “normal” folk… Surely this is against the law?

We pay exactly the same as everyone else. How are we “effectively paying extra”?