Skip to content Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons


I love attending the theater, but with hearing loss it can be challenging. The dialogue moves quickly, performers sometimes speak in heavy accents, and the phrasing of the songs can make it hard to understand what is being said. What a dream it would be if the performances were captioned. Well, it turns out some of them are!

Last week, I attended my first open captioned performance on Broadway. It was wonderful! The show, Tuck Everlasting, was a fun musical set in a magical woods  . . .

Read more . see photo. .  Open Captions On Broadway!



The time is 1912. The U.K. is seeing an increased public presence of the Suffragettes, whose rallying cry is "Votes for Women!" Their efforts at resistance over the years have been passive, but as the women face increasingly aggressive police action, they engage in public acts of civil disobedience endangering property – but never human life. The epicenter of their national Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) is in London, where Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) is a working-class wife and mother; she and husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw) toil at a laundry. Startled one day by a protest, Maud recognizes a co-worker, Violet Miller (Anne-Marie Duff), among the agitators. Initially unwilling to get involved in the Suffragette cause, Maud comes to realize that she must claim her dignity both at home and in her workplace…

BROOKLYN at 7:05

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Check for future Open Caption Screenings.

AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Rd., near the intersection of Colesville Rd. and Georgia Ave. For daily listings, call 301-495-6700 and press 1


Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 will be showing open captioned screenings for the following films (dates and tentative times):

Spectre (James Bond):

- November 14, 2015 at around 4pm

- November 20, 2015 at around 7pm

Note: Times are subject to change; check the Tuesday before for final times.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2:

- November 27, 2015 at around 7pm

- December 5, 2015 at around 4pm

Note: Times are subject to change; check the Tuesday before for final times.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

Due to the film coming out on December 18, 2015, deaf moviegoers are encouraged to complete a poll to choose the dates and times they are available between Dec. 18th and Dec 31st. (There will likely be a second OC screening in January 2016.) The poll can be accessed here:

General Survey:

To plan better for open captioned screenings in the future, please complete this general survey to pick your preferences for such screenings! The survey can be accessed here:

Thanks to -  Erik Nordlof



AFI Silver Theatre is happy to provide open captioning
for select films this Sunday, October 11: 

HE NAMED ME MALALA at 5:25 (!) Pass Restricted

GRANDMA at 7:15

Check for future Open Caption Screenings.

AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Rd., near the intersection of Colesville Rd. and Georgia Ave. 

For daily listings call 301-495-6700

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301.495.6700, option 1 for Showtimes, option 4 for Box Office (M-F, 5:30-10pm, Weekends 11am-11pm)
301.495.6720 (for reception, call M-F, 9am-5:30pm)



Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Washington, DC will be having two open captioned (OC) screenings of "The Martian" this October 2015. Details follow:

Theater: Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, 701 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Date and Time #1: October 9th (Friday) at 7:00pm TONIGHT

Date and Time #2: October 16th (Friday) at 7:00pm

Tickets for each date and time are available to buy online on Tuesday evening before each showtime. For #1, tickets are available starting the evening of October 6th (Tuesday). For #2, tickets are available starting the evening of October 13th (Tuesday). The main website is Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, where you can change the date to the appropriate screening and look for The Martian 7:00 PM screening where it says "OC" (for Open Captions) under Amenities.

There are two event pages on Facebook for deaf moviegoers to join and share with others:
"The Martian" Open Captioned Screening (1st of 2):
"The Martian" Open Captioned Screening (2nd of 2):

Both event pages were created under the new Facebook group DC Deaf Moviegoers, where deaf moviegoers can share their movie experiences and plan for future screenings.

The movie theater is on top of Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station, which services the Red Line as well as Green/Yellow Lines. The Gallery Place building also has a parking garage, and the movie theater can validate your parking pass for 3 hours' free parking.




We will  be screening all three films with opening captioning at the following times this Sunday.   Please pass this along to anyone who would be able to take advantage of this opportunity.  If you have any emails/organizations I might send this to to get the word out, please don’t hesitate to send them to me.

Open Captioned Screenings on Sun, Jan 18:




Thank you for your patience and we hope you will be able to come to one (or more) of these films.

Mary Dalto

Theater Manager | AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center | American Film Institute

8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | P: 301.495.6720 | F:




Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester , NY
David Riley, Staff writer
August 18, 2014

A loose-knit group of deaf and hard-of-hearing people wants movie theaters in the Rochester area to more readily provide captions on-screen if patrons ask for them.

About 40 advocates took their cause to the Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 theater earlier this month, said Dean DeRusso, a Gates resident who is deaf and participated in the protest. Many people had difficulty using special captioning glasses provided by the theater or thought the devices were uncomfortable, while others found that there were not enough for everyone to use, he said.

DeRusso said he asked theater employees to activate on-screen captions instead, but was told that only upper management could do so.

In DeRusso's view, that means that the region's large deaf population is not getting equal access to the theater. An estimate by the National Technical Institute for the Deafin 2012 said that more than 40,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing live in greater Rochester — among the largest per capita populations with hearing difficulties in the U.S.

DeRusso said the theater should turn on captions for any movie when at least one deaf or hard-of-hearing person attends.

Read More . . .