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: email@example.com; 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 $8 adults, $7 senior/child (first film, subsequent shows get 15% discount), 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.
The current Omnifilm, National Parks Adventure is on the Omnitheater screen through Oct. 13, 2016, showcasing some of the most majestic and wild landscapes in America – from the steaming geysers of Yellowstone to the diverse wetlands of the Everglades. It runs 40 minutes.
Jerusalem shows in conjunction with National Parks Adventure. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. It runs at 2:00 Tues.-Sun. and 8:00 Thurs.-Sat. through Labor Day.
Edina Cinema: 3911 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424, Phone: 952-920-8796; Uptown Theatre: 2906 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408, Phone: 612-823-3005; and Lagoon Cinema: 1320 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, MN 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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com. Web: AMC Entertainment.
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, MN 55401. Able to present films with open captioning or descriptive video. Phone: 763-560-6300. Web: Fandango Movies.
Regal Eagan 16
2055 Cliff Road, Saint Paul, MN. 55122; in Auditorium 15; Phone: 651-452-8329. Web: Fandango Movie theater showtimes
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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;
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; email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: email@example.com 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!