Movies for the blind
POSTED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 8:09pm
California theater installs equipment to help blind and deaf patrons enjoy movies. Robyn Ridpath reports.
(KIEM) James Forbes lost his sight 11 years aog, but he still enjoys movies.
He just enjoys them differently than the way sighted viewers do, using the film's sound to tell the story,
"I can't even put it into words really," he says.
New technology at the Broadway Cinema in Eureka, California is gives both blind and deaf viewers the ability to enjoy a movie now, by themselves.
"My wife or my kids or whoever I am with do not have to talk to me during the film. I do not have to go with anyone else," Forbes explains.
There are two machines. If you're deaf or hearing impaired a personal closed captioning machine will display the dialogue from the film, however, if you are blind, a personal set of headphones will describe the movie scene as it unfolds on the screen.
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