Theatres to add captions
July 26, 2007
If Scott Simser wasn’t a movie buff before, he sure is one now.
Mr. Simser, who is deaf, was jubilant after a settlement was announced yesterday by the Ontario Human Rights Commission that will put captioning technology in more theatres across the province.
Major movie exhibitors – Alliance Atlantis, AMC Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment and Rainbow Centre Cinemas – have agreed to offer captioning technology in 19 theatres across Ontario, resolving a complaint from Mr. Simser and two other hearing-impaired individuals who argued their rights were compromised by the shortage of accommodation for hearing-impaired people in Ontario cinemas.
“I am thrilled to have all us three complainants … secure an important human rights victory that assure that the deaf and hard of hearing enjoy entertainment along with all our families and friends,” Mr. Simser said.
Mr. Simser lodged his complaint with the commission following his frustration after a screening of the James Bond film The World is Not Enough in February, 2000.
He soon found kindred spirits in Gary Malkowski and Nancy Barker, who had also filed independent complaints, and they decided to fight together.
According to yesterday’s agreement, 19 theatre complexes across Ontario will have the captioning technology by the end of 2008, and it will be a required feature for every new cinema built between 2009 and 2013.