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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Show Us the Captions! Report from Chicago

One group on their way to see Skyfall
Report from the greater Chicagoland area on
ALDA Chicago's November 17 event at several locations:
  • Orland Park, IL - 11 attended, seeing Skyfall or Lincoln 
  • Chicago Heights, IL - 8 attended, seeing Skyfall 
  • Oak Park, IL - 2 attended, seeing Argo 
  • Hodgkins,IL - cancelled 
  • Hobart, IN - 3 attended, seeing Lincoln 
  • Lombard, IL - 10 attended, seeing Flight, Lincoln, The Sessions, or Skyfall 
  • Bloomingdale, IL - 4 attended, seeing Lincoln. This event was cosponsored with HLAA Lincoln Park chapter.
On November 10th, ALDA Chicago founder Bill Graham took a group of 4 to see a captioned film in Crystal Lake, IL.

Also on November 17th in other parts of the country:
  • ALDA Inc. President Elect, Mary Lou Mistretta, brought a group of 8 to the Cinemark theater in Boca Raton, Florida. Half saw Flight and the other half saw Lincoln. She has a second outing planned for an open captioned showing of Skyfall at a Regal Cinema for November 24th.
  • ALDA Inc. President, Brenda Estes took a group of 12 to see Lincoln at the Columbus Regal Cinema in Virginia Beach.
  • Kansas City HLAA had 7 come out at one of their locations. I am still waiting to hear their final numbers.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Show Us the Captions! Campaign Has Begun

Show Us the Captions! map of U.S. locations, as of November 11, 2012

Show Us the Captions! theater advocacy campaign kicked off in Europe on November 8. Lauren Storck, Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC) founder attended a subtitled showing of "Skyfall" in France with a friend and sent a written thank you to the theater manager.
Photo courtesy of Patti White, Good Sport Captioning

The following day, the Hearing Loss Association of Greater St. Louis, sponsored the first event in the United States. A Regal theater in Hazelwood, Missouri had 50 people in attendance for an open captioned showing of Skyfall. Before the film's start, a demonstration of Sony Entertainment Access Glasses for closed captioning was presented (see above photo). The theater was unable to obtain enough Sony glasses for the crowd, so an open captioned showing was substituted. Great advocacy, Hearing Loss Association of Greater St. Louis!

On November 10th, DCARA (Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, & Referral Agency) of California, sponsored closed captioned events at 10 theaters in the San Francisco Bay area. Participating theater chains included Regal and Cinemark. I am still awaiting a report on their turnout, but will share details with you when I get them.

Next weekend is our event in Chicago which I am coordinating. So far ALDA Chicago has 37 people coming out to attend showings in 6 different locations. As I write this, we have openings for 13 more people who need captioning devices. The theater manager at the first location which filled up has accommodated us by obtaining 5 additional CaptiViews. We really appreciate his responsiveness. 

This week I found out that advocacy groups in Colorado and Utah have joined in Show Us the Captions! I've also heard that a group in London may participate as well. It's very exciting and it's not too late for anyone else to join in and participate. You can do it on your own as Lauren did if you don't have a group sponsoring an event in your area. Please let us know on the Show Us the Captions! Facebook page of your plans.