We are actively and consistently working with facilities operators throughout Washington State to provide access to public venues for all people with hearing loss. Below is a list of public facilities and venues currently offering captioning services.
Starting in 2008, Wash-CAP has been working with the major movie theater chains in Washington to provide more captioned movies. We are proud that the following theaters show all captioned movies:
- Regal Cinema – Since 2011, offers full accommodations: captions and neck loops with their assistive listening devices. Their devices are found in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Whatcom County Regal theaters.
- Century (Cinemark) Theater – Since 2012, offers full accommodations: captions and neck loops with their assistive listening devices. Also, in 2012, Century (Cinemark) Theater in Arizona announced they would offer full accessibility to all Arizona theaters and we confirmed the Federal Way theater is doing great. We hope they will permit patrons to check out the captions device and the neck loop (they told one person that they only permit her to use one).
- Faraway Theaters – Bainbridge Island, WA
- Columbia City Theater provides open-captions – Tuesdays-only, Seattle, WA.
- Lincoln Cinema – Bellevue, WA (since 2012).
- Majestic Bay Theater – In October, 2013, Majestic Bay implemented captions and neck loops. They are located in downtown Ballard, in Seattle. When visiting, please give time to test and check that the captions and neck loops are set up.
- Cinerama Theater – Implemented captions and neck loops. They are located in downtown Seattle. When visiting, please give time to test and check that the captions and neck loops are set up.
- AMC Theaters – In December, AMC became fully compatible. Please check and confirm; many have captions but may not have neck loops.
- Sundance Theater – In 2012, Sundance opened a new theater near the University of Washington. They have captions and neck loops. When visiting, please give time to test and check that the captions and neck loops are set up.
- I-5 from Lakewood to Bellingham, WA – Wash-CAP learned that Burlington has Captiview captions; Everett Regal, Marysville Regal and Bellingham theaters have caption glasses. Bellingham Regal was one of the first to comply: among the first to comply. and have a Kiosk dedicated to explanation and distribution of caption glasses and ALD staffed by well trained associates. Alderwood Manor has Captiview. In the South Puget Sound region, Regal in Lakewood, WA has caption glasses.
- Landmark Theaters – In 2013, Landmark became fully compatible.
- Edmonds Theaters – In mid-2014, The Edmonds Theater began showing open captions. Only the first show on Sunday are open captioned. As of January, 2016, The Edmonds Theater said they will no longer offer captions on demand (but will keep the Sunday first show open-captions). They are looking at other alternatives to open-captions.
- Cinebarre Theaters – In 2015, Cinebarre became fully compatible.
Wash-CAP worked with most of these theaters to implement captions. The new thing is to work to get live captions at other venues or simply, when TVs are on, to turn them on for free.
We are still working with the following theater(s) to provide more captioned movies:
Spokane independent theaters
The following theaters have committed to providing captioned movies, but for technical reasons have not yet achieved full captioning.
- ACT Theater – Working with ACT now.
The following theaters provide one captioned showing of each major production they produce. It is usually the final show of the run. Tickets in the section that can best view the captions are normally half price.
- Paramount Theater – Since 2008 agreement with WashCAP, offers one open-captioned performance for each Broadway show. They also offer neck loops with their ALS.
- Fifth Avenue Theater – Since 2010 agreement with WashCAP, offers one open-captioned performance for each Broadway show. They also offer neck loops with their ALS.
- Seattle Repertory Theater – Since 2010 agreement with WashCAP, offers one open-captioned performance for each Broadway show. As of March, 2016, the Rep implemented a loop system. Loops, coupled with captions, are a great combination for non-signing folks.
All superior courts, courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court provide assistive listening devices upon request. Wash-CAP monitors those courts to ensure staff is trained in the use of the devices and their quality in providing access to the hard of hearing.
Captioned Sports Arenas
WashCAP’s recent success was with the Seattle Seahawks and Century Link Field before their Super Bowl season! We worked with the Seahawks in 2012 and early 2013; they graciously added the “Hawk Captions” window for Seahawks and Seattle Sounders home games in the NE and SW corners of the fascia boards!
In 2015, the Seattle Mariners and Safeco Field implemented captions for each home game!
In 2015, White River and The Gorge tested captions for Live Nation concerts.
Also in 2015, Benaroya Hall tried captions for the first time. They captioned the Blind Boys of Alabama. It was a major success.
Finally, in 2015, the Zoo Tunes at Woodland Park Zoo were captioned for the first time. However, this is a work in progress.
Additionally, in Fall, 2013, the University of Washington Huskies implemented scoreboard captions at Husky Stadium. We hope the Washington State Cougars and Martin Field will join the Washington Huskies, the University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State University Beavers to round out providing each NW home-team with open-captions.
The Washington State Ferries continue to work on captioned reader boards in the passenger compartments of some ferries. The Seattle-Bainbridge run works but they still are training the staff to turn them on. The Edmonds ferry must be verified and Mukilteo’s ferry has a few technical issues. As other ferries are re-fitted, captioning will become available in them as well.
- All King County Metro buses provide captions indicating their streets
- Sound Transit buses and the light rail (LINK) systems in King County and Pierce County have reader boards inside
- Pierce County Transit have reader boards inside
- Snohomish County buses have reader boards inside
Unfortunately, Bellingham, Spokane and Boise have no reader boards in their buses.
The train stations – Amtrak and Sounder – provide no captions in the stations.
The airports provide no captions at this time.
We hope that Washington State cities and towns will “Turn on the Captions” as Portland, OR has done. The Portland “Turn on the Captions” effort just started on December 18, 2015. It is free and just asks all restaurants, bars, hotel/motel lobbies and other open spaces with TVs to simply “turn on the captions.” Best of all, it’s free to do that. It helps so many folks and we can’t think of a better way to help make it easier with no hassle for folks.
National Parks/Monuments in the Northwest
- North Cascades Monument – videos are captioned
- Grand Coulee Dam – videos are captioned
- Mt. St. Helens National Monument – video has captions
- Mt. Rainier National Park – videos are captioned
- Crater Lake National Park – videos are captioned
- Fort Clatsop National Monument – the Lewis & Clark videos are captioned
- Fort Peck Dam – videos are captioned