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July 12, 2004

New Movie Captioning Technology in Southern CA

From: WRAD/HLO - Jul 12, 2003

Please tell the deaf community about the Mann Theatre trials.

I'm really excited about this new technology. .

There is a new movie captioning technology DTS-CSS, and Mann Theatres are doing a trial in seven

Southland theaters, twice a week, Tues and Thurs, every week. One of these theaters is in Glendale.

I saw 'The Terminal' captioned at 7pm last Thursday.

Go to, click on Tickets, click on DTS access.

This will show the movie theaters and the times.

If you look at the lower right corner, you can read FAQs and about the technology

This new projection-based technology is probably the easiest system for theaters -- a lot cheaper than Rear Screen Projection, and more convenient and ultimately less expensive than InSight's custom prints.

There's probably room for all three systems--open captioned, Rear Window and DTS-CSS-- for right now. Eventually, digital projection will make them ALL obsolete -- but then the challenge will be to get the theaters to press the button to turn the captions on.

Grace W. Tiessen,

Past President, Self Help for Hard of Hearing People - California

Editor, The SHHH Californian