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Subject: Movie Access Update - Jan. 18 to Jan. 24
From: Mary Watkins <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mary Watkins <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 18 Jan 2002 16:18:31 -0500

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Motion Picture Access (MoPix) News:

This week there are five films playing with closed captions and descriptions in equipped theaters in the U.S. and Canada.  A record number of accessible films at one time, and a true sign of progress for movie fans out there who prefer to experience movies with these access features.  Several of the films now playing are contenders for film industry awards, another major first.

The Tampa Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), has had a Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical installation in its Dome IMAX theater for many months. Walt Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been reissued by Buena Vista Pictures exclusively in giant screen theaters for its tenth anniversary, and will play in the MOSI Dome IMAX with closed captions and descriptions for the duration of its run.  The MOSI IMAX has had an extensive outreach campaign since RWC and DVST debuted, which ensures many loyal description and caption fans, their friends and families.  We're grateful to the theater staff and to the folks at Buena Vista for sharing this much-loved film with all audiences in the Tampa area.  This theater has been added to the list of locations below.

 A BIG THANKS to the parents, kids, teachers and just plain, average movie fans out there for taking a moment to share your thoughts about enjoying access to first-run feature films.  The text of your messages has been passed along, and will continue to be passed along to theater chains and movie studios.  Keep it coming!

 The number one question we are asked: What can I do to get closed captioned and described films closer to my home?  We assembled a list of headquarters of major theater chains-- let them know you're eager to see accessible films, eat their popcorn and be a regular customer. The link to the list of chains is


 National Amusements will install Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical in its new theater complex in Los Angeles-- The Bridge (located in the vicinity of the LA Airport).  The complex's IMAX Theater will be the auditorium equipped with closed captioning and description systems (first-run as well as IMAX films *can* play in these large format theaters). A late January installation is planned. Welcome National Amusements!

 Famous Players, Canada's largest theater chain, has installed Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical systems in five theaters across Ontario, the first installations of these systems outside the U.S.  Based on the great response from captioning and description fans, Famous Players is planning more than 30 additional installations across Canada.  See current location information below, and link to, then click on their navigation bar to RWC/DVST for a list of films, locations and showtimes during the week between when these updates come to you.

 The Loews Theatre Metreon in downtown San Francisco will soon have the first Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical installation in Northern California.  We've heard for years from consumers in the area, and are so pleased to share this good news.  The installation date for the access systems is still targeted for end of this month (January).

 Mann's Hollywood & Highland (now under construction) will install Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical systems in two of the complex's theaters.  This theatre is in Los Angeles, next to the new Kodak Academy Theatre (site of future Academy Awards ceremonies).

 Currently available with closed captions using the Rear Window Captioning system, and audio descriptions utilizing the DVS Theatrical System:

 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE from Warner Bros. Pictures, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and directed by Chris Columbus (rated PG)

 ALI  from Sony Pictures, starring Will Smith and directed by Michael Mann (THE INSIDER) (rated R)

 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (reissue) from Buena Vista Pictures at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry IMAX Dome Theater (see details below) (rated G)

 A BEAUTIFUL MIND, from Universal Pictures, starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly and directed by Ron Howard (APOLLO 13) (rated PG-13)

 BLACK HAWK DOWN from Sony Pictures, starring Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore, Ewan McGregor and Sam Shepard and directed by Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR)
(rated R)

 Information about theaters equipped with the closed captioning (for moviegoers who are deaf and hard of hearing) and audio description (for moviegoers who are blind or have low vision) systems, debut dates, showtimes and directions to the theaters appear below.

 Coming soon
 (dates subject to change by the studios, additional titles to be announced as soon as they are confirmed...)

 - RETURN TO NEVERLAND from Buena Vista Pictures (cc and descriptions) scheduled for a February 15 debut

 - PANIC ROOM from Sony Pictures (cc and descriptions) scheduled for a
 March 8 debut

 - TIME MACHINE from DreamWorks Pictures (cc and descriptions) also scheduled for a March 8 debut

 More films...

 - SPIDER MAN from Sony Pictures (cc and descriptions)
 - SPIRIT: STALLION OF CIMARRON from DreamWorks Pictures (cc and descriptions)
 - BAD COMPANY from Buena Vista Pictures (cc with descriptions to be determined)
 - LILO & STITCH from Buena Vista Pictures (cc with descriptions to be determined)
 - MEN IN BLACK II from Sony Pictures (cc and descriptions)
 - ROAD TO PERDITION from DreamWorks Pictures (closed captions and descriptions)
 - STUART LITTLE 2 from Sony Pictures (cc and descriptions)
 - SIGNS from Buena Vista Pictures (cc with descriptions to be determined)

 IMAX Films - find a complete list of described and or closed captioned large format films, as well as locations of accessible theaters, at

 Currently Playing:
 ***Please read movies, dates and times carefully.***

 --Locations in the U.S.--

 Parkway Pointe 15 General Cinema - BLACK HAWK DOWN
 Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan. 24  12:50  4:00  7:40  PM  +11:15 on Friday and Saturday Nights

 The General Cinema Parkway Pointe is located at 3101 Cobb Parkway in Cumberland, GA, about 1/2 mile south of the Galleria and Cumberland Mall, next to Borders Books.

 Baltimore Area
 General Cinema Owings Mills - ALI
 Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan 24  12:30  4:30  8:30 PM

 The Owings Mills 17 is located just off of Rt. 795 northwest of Baltimore on the ring road surrounding the Owings Mills Mall.

 1.  General Cinema Fenway Theatre
- no film this week -

 The Fenway Theatre is located at 201 Brookline Avenue, about 2 blocks away
 from Fenway Park, in the Landmark Center, formerly the old Sears building.
 It is accessible by an easy walk from either the Fenway stop or the
 Kenmore Square stop on the Green Line of the T.  There is a parking lot
 for more than 1000 cars in the Landmark Center building.  Bring your
 parking ticket to the box office for validation -- only $2.

 2.  General Cinema Framingham 16
 - no film this week -

 The Framingham 16 is located 20 miles west of downtown Boston, at 22 Flutie Pass, between the Natick Mall and Shoppers World.

 Chicago - Lombard
 1.  General Cinema Yorktown - BLACK HAWK DOWN
Fri. Jan. 18 - Thurs. Jan. 24  11:45  2:55  6:05  9:15 PM

 General Cinema Yorktown 18 is located 25 minutes west of downtown Chicago on Butterfield Road, just east of the intersection with Highland Avenue adjacent to the Yorktown Shopping Center and across the street from the Embassy Suites Hotel.

 2.  General Cinema City North
- no film currently, equipment being serviced -

 General Cinema City North 14 is located on the north side of Chicago at 2600 N. Western Avenue, between Fullerton and Diversey at the Kennedy Expressway.

 Los Angeles
 1.  General Cinema Sherman Oaks
 - no film this week -

 The General Cinema Sherman Oaks is located in Sherman Oaks, California, near
 the intersection of the 405 and the 101, at 4500 Van Nuys Blvd.

 2.  Loews Cineplex/Universal City Cinemas at CityWalk
 Theater 5
 100 Universal City Plaza
 Universal City    818 508-0711
 - no film this week -

 3. & 4. -- Coming Soon!
 Two equipped auditoriums at the new Mann's Hollywood & Highland Cinema Complex

 5. -- Coming Soon!
 A RWC and DVST installation at National Amusements theater complex at
 The Bridge.

 Milwaukee/Wauwatosa, WI
 General Cinema Mayfair Mall - A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan. 24  12:50  3:50  7:05  10:00 PM

 Located on the east side of Mayfair Mall, about 6 miles west of downtown Milwaukee.

 New Orleans
 1. Palace Theatre 20 Elmwood (part of the Gulf States Theatres chain)
 Theater #1
 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd.
 Harahan, Louisiana  504 733-2029
 - no film this week -

 The Palace Theatre 20 is located off Clearview Parkway behind the Big K-Mart in Harahan, 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans.

 2. Gulf States Clearview Palace 12
 Theater #1
 4436 Veterans Blvd.
 Metairie, LA  504 887-1257
 Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan. 24 - A BEAUTIFUL MIND
 12:20  3:45  7:35  10:30 PM

 New York City/NJ Area
 1.  General Cinema Bay Plaza (Bronx) - ALI
Fri. Jan. 18 and Sat. Jan 19  1:00  4:30  8:00  11:30 PM
Sun. Jan. 20 - Thurs. Jan. 24  11:30  3:00  6:30  10:00 PM

 The General Cinema Bay Plaza is located right off of Rt. 95 in the north Bronx (near the Westchester border) at the Bay Plaza Shopping Center.  (Take the Bay Plaza/Co-op City Exit off Rt. 95.)  The theatre is located behind the Bay Plaza shopping center, around the corner from Applebee's restaurant.

 2.  General Cinema Clifton Commons, Clifton, NJ - 2 films this week -
showing at 12:30  3:45 PM

Tues. Jan. 22 to Thurs. Jan 24 - A BEAUTIFUL MIND showing at
11:15 AM  2:15  5:15  8:00  10:45 PM

 General Cinema Clifton Commons is located west of the Meadowlands on eastbound Rt. 3 in Clifton, near the large Barnes & Noble and Sports Authority stores.

 Philadelphia Area
 General Cinema Plymouth Meeting
- no film this week -

 The General Cinema Plymouth Meeting is located at Plymouth Meeting Mall, northwest of downtown Philadelphia, adjacent to the large IKEA furniture store.  There is a public bus which runs from Broad Street in downtown all the way to Plymouth Meeting Mall.

 1. General Cinema Pacific Place - BLACK HAWK DOWN
Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan. 24  11:00 AM  2:30  6:15  9:45 PM

 General Cinema Pacific Place is located in downtown Seattle at the corner of Sixth and Pine Streets.

 2.  Cinerama
 2100 4th Avenue
 Seattle 206 441-3080
 - no film this week -

 Cinerama is located in downtown Seattle at the corner of 4th and Lenora Streets, near the Westin Hotel.

 Springfield, Virginia/ D.C. Area
 General Cinema Springfield Mall - ALI
Fri. Jan. 18 to Sun. Jan. 20  6:50  10:15
Mon. Jan. 21 to Thurs. Jan. 24  8:30 PM

Springfield Mall is located on Franconia Road just east of Rt. 95, about 12 miles from Washington, D.C.  The equipped auditorium is located near the mall entrance with the large #2 sign outside.

 IMAX Dome Theater, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
 4801 E. Fowler Avenue
 Tampa, FL 30617-2099
 813 987-6300
 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST from Buena Vista Pictures
 Mondays and Tuesdays  10:30 AM  1:15  4:00  5:45  7:30 PM
 Wednesdays thru Sundays  10:30 AM  1:15  4:00  5:45  7:30  9:15 PM

 MOSI is located in north Tampa at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., across from the USF Sun Dome, and just one mile from Busch Gardens. Parking is free at MOSI. For more information about purchasing IMAX tickets online or via the phone, visit or call 813 987-6000 (voice).

 --Locations in Canada--

 Famous Players Theatres:
 The Famous Players Web site,, has a button linked to showtimes for closed captioned and described films playing at the theaters below. Once on the Famous Players home site, click on RWC/DVS along the navigation bar. You can also call the numbers listed with the theaters below for information on films and showtimes.

 SilverCity Yonge & Eglinton
 2300 Yonge Street
 Toronto, Ontario  416 544-1297 - BLACK HAWK DOWN
 Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan. 24  12:30  4:00  7:30  10:50 PM

 Coliseum Scarborough
 Scarborough Town Centre
 300 Borough Drive
 Scarborough, Ontario  416 290-6045 - BLACK HAWK DOWN
 Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan. 24  12:30  4:00 7:30  10:40 PM

 SilverCity London
 1680 Richmond Street
 London, Ontario  519 673-5988 - BLACK HAWK DOWN
 Fri. Jan. 18, Sat. Jan. 19 and Tues. Jan. 22  12:15  3:30  7:10  10:30 PM
 Sun. Jan. 20  12:15  3:30 PM
 Mon. Jan. 21, Wed. Jan. 23, Thurs. Jan. 24  3:30  7:10  10:30 PM

 Coliseum Mississauga
 309 Rathburn Road West
 Mississauga, Ontario  905 275-4969 - BLACK HAWK DOWN
 Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan. 24  1:00  4:20  7:40  11:00 PM

 SilverCity Richmond Hill
 8725 Yonge Street
 Richmond Hill, Ontario  905 709-8755 - BLACK HAWK DOWN
 Fri. Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan. 24  12:30  3:30  7:10  10:30 PM


 Closed captioning and description of all films provided by The Media Access Group at WGBH, a nonprofit division of Boston public broadcaster WGBH.  The Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical systems were developed by WGBH to make feature films accessible the date films open in theaters nationwide-- and during regular showtimes-- to movie fans who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind or visually impaired.

 For more information on the WGBH's Motion Picture Access (MoPix) efforts, including how to encourage a theater in your area to install the access systems, please visit, e-mail [log in to unmask] or call 617 300-3400 v, -2489 TTY.

 Thanks to General Cinemas, Gulf States, Loews, Famous Players, Mann's and National Amusements Theatres, IMAX and OMNIMAX theatres, Disney themeparks, the Hollywood studios and to all the movie fans out there.

 Mary Watkins
 Outreach Director
 Media Access at WGBH
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 125 Western Avenue
 Boston, MA  02134
 617 300-3700 v/fax
 617 300-2489 TTY

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