Accessible Film

Accessible Film Locations

Science Museum of Minnesota Omnitheater

120 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul 55102, Phone: 651-221-9444 or 800-221-9444, option 2 for Omnitheater film times, reservations or questions; TTY 651-221-4585; E-mail:; Web: Accessibility; Hours & Showtimes; Tickets

To request accommodations for exhibits, call at least 72 hours in advance: 651-221-9406.

HOURS: Open Sun., Tues., Wed. 9:30-5:00, Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 9:30-9:00, closed Mon.

Tickets are $9.95 adults, $8.95 senior 65+/child age 4-12, additional cost to tour museum; members free. Online ordering add $3 service fee.

Access features of films include Captioning (CC), Audio Description, Amplification, Spanish Alternate Language (headset) and Large Print Script.

Omnifest 2018 , thru March 1, features Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, Journey Into Amazing Caves, Wolves, The Magic of Flight, and Rocky Mountain Express. All films have audio description, and all but Wolves have Closed Captioning.

Running March 2 through October 11, 2018, is the brand new Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big celebrates human ingenuity and innovation, as well as the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. One of the signature features of the Science Museum’s Year of the Engineer, Dream Big uses the Omnitheater’s giant screen to showcase engineering marvels big and small – from the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest skyscrapers to underwater robots and solar cars. Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers, Dream Big includes inspiring stories that put human faces on engineering careers, showing that we all have the potential to succeed and change lives for the better. For instance, viewers will meet Menzer Pehlivan, a geotechnical engineer whose career was influenced by a deadly earthquake in her home country of Turkey; Angelica Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant whose engineering interest started with her high school robotics club; Steve Burrows, a structural engineer for whom engineering marvels of the ancient past inform his approach to the future; and Avery Bang, a young woman raised in the Midwest who builds footbridges over impassable rivers in undeveloped countries.

Landmark Theatres

Edina Cinema: 3911 W. 50th St., Edina 55424, Phone: 952-920-8796; Uptown Theatre: 2906 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 55408, Phone: 612-823-3005; and Lagoon Cinema: 1320 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis 55408, Phone: 612-823-3020; Landmark Theatres or CaptiView & Fidelio Information.

For guests with hearing loss, Landmark Theatres offer CaptiView Closed Caption Viewing Systems, which allow people to read movie dialogue from the comfort of their seat anywhere in the auditorium, and Fidelio, a wireless audio system that delivers descriptive narration for people with vision loss and amplified sound for people with hearing loss.

Patrons can get a compact audio receiver with a plug-in headset at the box office or bring their own headset. Descriptive Narration and Closed captioning availability is subject to the content made available from distributors. All films are available with amplified sound through Assisted Listening Devices (ALD).

AMC Showplace Inver Grove 16

5567 Bishop Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076. (formerly Kerasotes). Open captioned films generally Wed.-Thurs. Phone: 651-453-1916; Movie Times: 1-888-AMC 4FUN.

AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18 Theatres

AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18 Theatres, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive Suite 4000, Eden Prairie 55344 (Eden Prairie Shopping Center, Highway 212 & 494), Park in upper level lot between Sears & Kohl’s. Accessible films in Auditorium 7. Phone: 952-656-0010; movie listings: 888-262-4386 (1-888-AMC-4FUN);. E-mail: Web: AMC Entertainment.

AMC Rosedale 14 Theatres

AMC Rosedale 14 Theatres, 850 Rosedale Center, Roseville 55113 (Rosedale Center, Highway 36 & Snelling Avenue), Accessible films in Auditorium 14. Phone: 651-604-9347. E-mail: Web: AMC Entertainment.

Oakdale Ultrascreen Cinemas

Oakdale Ultrascreen Cinemas (Marcus Theatres), 5677 Hadley Avenue N., Oakdale 55128 (I-694 & Highway 36 next to Fleet Farm); Phone: 651-770-4994; Rental & Meeting info: 651-779-3795. This cinema uses DTS® (Digital Theatre Systems, Inc.) to superimpose open-captions over the bottom of select movies. Subscribe to an Open Caption weekly e-mailer at their web site.

Regal Brooklyn Center 20

6420 Camden Ave North, Minneapolis 55401. Online film listings indicate if a film has “Accessibility devices available” (such as open captioning or descriptive video). Phone: 763-560-6300. Web: Fandango Movies.

Regal Eagan 16

2055 Cliff Road, Saint Paul 55122; in Auditorium 15. Online film listings indicate if a film has “Accessibility devices available” (such as open captioning or descriptive video). Phone: 651-452-8329. Web: Fandango Movie theater showtimes

ShowPlace ICON at West End

1625 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416; Listening Devices, ICON•X, Handicapped Access, Digital Sound & Projection, Stadium Seating; Phone: Showtime: 763-515-1177, Office: 612-568-0375; E-Mail:

Marcus Theatres in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Duluth

Offer accessible CaptiView technology for deaf and hard of hearing guests at its digital cinemas. This closed captioning system is available for most movies and can be used at any showing for movies that are captioned using this technology. When purchasing a ticket, request the CaptiView device (about the size of a large smartphone with a screen to display captions). Its flexible support arm is designed to fit into the cupholder of the guest’s seat, and the viewing angle can be adjusted.

Patrons can also request assistive listening devices at the box office at all film showings. These wireless headphones have adjustable volume. Guests with vision loss can use these headphones as descriptive audio devices when a movie offers a descriptive audio option. Not all films are produced this way, but the number of available films is increasing. Specific information for these Marcus Theatres follows:

Marcus Oakdale Ultrascreen Cinemas

5677 Hadley Ave. N., Oakdale 55128 (I-694 & Hwy 36 next to Fleet Farm); Phone: 651-770-4992; recording: 651-770-4994.

Marcus Lakes Cinema

4351 Stebner Rd., Hermantown, and Marcus Duluth Theatre, 300 Harbor Drive, Duluth 55811 (located in Canal Park, validated parking in DECC lots and ramp) both offer Rear Window Captioning and DVS when available. Phone: Movie Line 218-729-0335; Emergency Line 218-729-0334; Fax 218-729-0334;

The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul

Does not currently have audio described or captioned films, except for foreign films with English captions. Assistive listening devices are available at St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St., Minneapolis. 612-331-7563;
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 12-28, 2018,
Cine Latino, Latin American films,
Lumières Françaises, a modern French cinema series, around Bastille Day.
Stage on Screen: stage performances from London’s National Theatre.
First Thursday Films @ The Capri, 2027 W. Broadway in North Minneapolis.
Movies in the Park, summer at Twin Cities parks and venues.
Diversity and Inclusion Film Series.
The See 18 Film Screening Room, Concourse C, Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
MSP Iranian Film Festival, Feb. 15-17, 2018, at the St. Anthony Main Theatre.
Twin Cities Polish Film Fest, Aug. 10-12, 2018,
Czech That Film series, Aug., 2018,
Twin Cities Arab Film Festival,
The Italian Cultural Center’s Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Feb. 22-25.
The MN Cuba Committee’s Minnesota Cuban Film Festival, March 1 – April 5, 2018, Thurs. 7:00.
MinnAnimate 7 on the second Thursday of September 2018.

Minnesota Zoo: Great Clips IMAX Theater

All IMAX digital presentations feature CaptiView™, a closed caption viewing system consisting of a small captioning display unit with a flexible support arm that fits into the IMAX seat’s cup holder. Wheelchair accessible spots in the auditorium are in Row C: 1, 7, 8, 15, 16, 23, 24, and 30. 12000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley 55124. IMAX Info Line: 952-431-4629; customer inquiries: Holly Grahame,, 952-997-9720; IMAX: 877-660-4629. Directions: From I-494, I-35E, I-35W: take Cedar Avenue (Hwy 77) 10 minutes south of the Mall of America. Follow brown Zoo signs, exit on County Road 38 in Apple Valley. Go east 1 mile to Minnesota Zoo; enter Zoo Blvd. (main entrance) from McAndrews, between Johnny Cake Ridge Rd. and Flagstaff Ave.).
Current film: A Beautiful Planet, 46 minutes.

Accessible Film Information

Several technologies are available to make movies accessible for people with vision or hearing loss.

Rear Window® Captioning displays reversed captions on a light-emitting diode (LED) text display which is mounted in the rear of a theater. Patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing use transparent acrylic panels attached to their seats to reflect the captions so they appear superimposed on the movie screen. The reflective panels are portable and adjustable, enabling the caption user to sit anywhere in the theater without bothering patrons in surrounding seats.

DVS Theatrical® presents concise descriptive narration of visual cues, including actions, settings, scene changes, facial expressions and silent movement, through an FM or infrared system, making movies more meaningful to people with vision loss. The moviegoer hears the narration on a headset without disturbing other audience members and at no extra cost.

The Media Access Group at WGBH in Boston developed Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical. Films equipped with this MoPix (Motion Picture Access) technology are listed at: MoPix – Access to Movie Theaters for Patrons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Visually Impaired. More info: Phone: 617-300-3400; TTY: 617-300-2489; E-mail:

Some cinemas use other variations of Open captioning, which is a text display of words and sounds heard during a performance, film, video, speech or dialogue. The display is “open” for anyone to see in a particular seating area.

The website Captionfish lists cinemas with these access features. Put in your zip code and the site will give current listings of nearby movies with open or closed captioning, an audio description track, or English subtitles in foreign films.

The Audio Description Project, an Initiative of the American Council of the Blind, has lots of great links to audio described DVDs and Blu-ray discs, TV programs and more.

Live Audio Description logo

Indicates the usage of Audio Description for a particular presentation

Volunteer Wanted for Accessible Film Updates

Wouldn’t it be nice to know – in one place – what movies are playing this week near you that offer an audio described or captioned track that makes the film more accessible to you? If YOU have some time and wish to research this each week and share your findings on VSA Minnesota’s website, lots of people would be grateful! If you may be interested, please email E-mail: or call 612-332-3888.

Some cinemas have equipment that can make films accessible — IF the film comes to them with that information encoded. Film companies are not, unfortunately, required to caption their films or provide audio description. Many do. Likewise, not all television programs are required to be audio described or captioned, but many do.

Please let us know if you have additional resources and links beyond those on this page. THANK YOU!