Arts and Entertainment

Cinema offers new options for viewers

Kitsap County residents who are visually and/or hearing impaired will now have an opportunity to experience first-run movies with special devices, glasses and headphones during regular show times at Bainbridge Cinemas.

The five-screen theater previously offered an in-seat captioning system for the hearing impaired. With the upgrade to digital technology the process became inoperable, and hearing-impaired customers were left without a suitable format to meet their needs.

However, the new digital technology now offers greater flexibility for different formats and provides more options for all customers, said Jeff Brein, co-owner of Bainbridge Cinemas.

“We have not only made available equipment that provides captioned content for hearing impaired individuals, but we also now have special headphones for both hearing and visually impaired movie-goers,” he said. “These are two channel listening assistive headphones that provide a descriptive scene-to-scene commentary of the film being shown. They also allow hearing impaired customers to turn up the volume of the film without disturbing anyone else,” he said.

In addition to the headphones, closed caption headset receivers (glasses) are made available that display captions during the film, which allow you to see the screen as well as read the dialogue. These fit over regular glasses.

While only certain movie showings will have this equipment available, it will be available every day rather than just on special screening days. This equipment is only available in one of the five screening rooms, where most of the brand new movies are played.

Plans are underway to expand the program to other theaters Brein and his partners operate, including the Historic Lynwood Theater on Bainbridge and Olympic Cinemas in East Bremerton.

Bainbridge Cinemas is located in the Pavilion at 403 N. Madison Ave. Movies and showtimes can be found at www.farawayentertainment.com.

 

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