After years of waiting for a working technology, after years of lawsuits and anger from the hard of hearing and visually impaired communities, two major cinema chains have agreed to install closed caption equipment into all of their cinema theaters.
Cinemark and Regal cinema chains made the announcements in separate news releases.
Going to the movies is central part of mainstream American life. More than 200 million Americans went to the movies last year according to the Motion Picture Association of America. But a lawsuit filed today in Alameda Superior Court alleges that the Cinemark movie chain, the third largest in the country, discriminates against the deaf and hard of hearing communities by failing to provide any captioned movies at its theaters in Alameda County.