When the age of silent films ended in the 1920s, deaf and hard of hearing people were effectively excluded from the experience of going to the movies. Decades later, movie studios started to make captioned film prints available for occasional showings in movie theaters. In 1996, the NAD established the Movie Access Coalition, which later became known as the Coalition for Movie Captioning, to advocate for increased showings of captioned movies. Within a few years, new caption display technologies became available to provide access to movie theater services, without the need to produce captioned film prints.
Today, there are captioned movies being shown every day in hundreds of movie theaters across the country. These numbers are positive, but pal