At CinemaCon 2011 in Las Vegas, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) hosted a special Accessibility Demonstration for Digital Cinema. Alongside legislative mandates across many states and numerous community commitment programs that North American theatre circuits have in place, NATO deserves special credit for calling attention to the opportunities afforded by digital technologies in providing access to all guests.“Standards-based accessibility for cinema is new, and it has opened up the market for accessibility solutions,” Michael Karagosian of MPKE Consulting, who arranged the workshop for NATO, tells Film Journal International. “The CinemaCon demonstration was the second in as many years, and was very successful. We conduct these demonstrations so that exhibitors are aware of the wider availability of solutions, and to connect manufacturers and exhibitors as these solutions further develop.”Personally, this author would like to commend an exceptional cashier at Regal Cinemas Brass Mill 12 in Waterbury, Connecticut, who last summer advised me prior to ticket purchase that Inception would be shown with transcriptive subtitles—the open-captioned text appeared to be overlaid by the pre-show projector, which was a first for me. She also made an enthusiastic and compelling case why this is a wonderful and important service for Regal to… Read full this story
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