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Regal Cinemas to offer closed-captioned glasses at its locations

In an effort to provide a more enjoyable experience for moviegoers with hearing loss, Regal Entertainment Group will equip 6,000 of its theaters with closed-caption glasses this month.

Developed by Sony, the glasses feature holographic technology that projects closed-caption text, synchronized with the dialogue on the screen, onto the inside of the lenses. The glasses, which resemble sunglasses, also include headphones connected to a wireless receiver with separate audio channels to play a film’s dialogue for a visually impaired moviegoer.

Regal Entertainment Group, the nation’s largest theater chain, invested more than $10 million in the development of the glasses. The company’s commitment to making its theaters more widely accessible marks the culmination of a 23-year personal journey for the company’s senior executive, Raymond Smith Jr., whose son is deaf.

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