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Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 First Maine Movie Theater to Offer Closed Captioned Movies
Rear Window® Captioning brings the magic of movie-going to patrons with hearing loss.
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December 5, 2006. Boston, MA
The Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 announced today that they have installed technology at the Bangor theater location which will make movies accessible to patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. This technology is available as soon as accessible films debut as well as during regular showtimes. The Bangor Mall Cinema is the first movie theater in the state of Maine to install these innovative systems.

Rear Window Captioning, referred to as Motion Picture Access or MoPix (mopix.org) was developed by Boston public broadcaster and media access pioneer WGBH.

Mark Benvenuto, BCG Theatre Division Director says, “We are looking forward to welcoming patrons with disabilities to our theater, and hope that the entire community will see the Bangor Mall Cinema as a destination for the whole family, and one that provides equal access to all the best movies in state-of-the-art surroundings, and of course that folks come back often.”

How the movie access systems work:
The patented Rear Window Captioning® System displays reversed captions on a light-emitting diode (LED) text display which is mounted in the rear of a theater. Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons use transparent acrylic panels attached to their seats to reflect the captions so that they appear superimposed on the movie screen. The reflective panels are portable and adjustable, enabling the caption user to sit anywhere in the theater. Only patrons wishing to see the captions can view them, making the system unobtrusive to the general audience.

Patrons with sensory disabilities in the Bangor area can look forward to seeing major releases such as Night at the Museum, The Good Shepherd, We Are Marshall and Children of Men with closed captions and descriptions over the next few months.  WGBH captions and describes over 100 films from studios such as Buena Vista Pictures, Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Films and Sony Pictures for their debut in theaters each year.  For more information on MoPix, accessible films and theater locations, visit mopix.org

Boston Culinary Group and their local partner, the Epstein family, have been partners in the Cinemas since April ’05, and have spent the last year updating many sections of the theatre to increase the movie-going experience. “We are constantly looking to stay ahead in the industry; and to reach out to all potential patrons” said Benvenuto. As our website implies, we want to be “Your Neighborhood Theatre."

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television's best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. WGBH's Media Access Group is a pioneer in technologies and services that make all forms of media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions.


Contact:

Mark Benvenuto
mbenvenuto@belmontllc.com
617-499-2700

Mary Watkins, WGBH
mary_Watkins@wgbh.org
voice: 617-300-3700
TTY: 617-300-2489


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