Open Captions

Open Captions

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Open Captions

I love going to the Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue to see movies. It is a new luxurious theater with stadium seating and lots of screens. When I go to movies there I often time it so that we can have dinner and then catch the movie. The other day, we got there around 7 PM and found good seats in the theater. When the movie started, there were subtitles!! I have watched a lot of Netflix movies with subtitles on my TV and have gone to see foreign films with subtitles. I did not mind under those circumstances.  But when there are big white letters of the dialog in English at the bottom of a huge movie screen, it is really distracting.

Later when I asked the theater staff what was going on, they said that they sometimes added what are called “open captions” to a movie for the hard of hearing. I mentioned that I had seen nothing about that in the listing of movie times in the paper or online, they said that they had no control over what was in the paper or online and that I would have to visit their website to find out which showings had open captions. I am going to need to be a lot more careful if I don’t want to be distracted during movies!