Special glasses offer deaf, hard-of-hearing a new movie option

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Andy and Paula Blackburn had not been to a movie theater for more than 10 years.The Manheim Township couple are both deaf and have been to the movies only a handful of times in their entire lives, and only when a local theater featured a special version of a movie that projected captions onto the screen.But the Blackburns recently watched “World War Z” at Regal Cinemas in Lancaster to try out special glasses that project the captions onto the inside of the glasses’ lenses.Over the past year, Regal began making the glasses available for free to patrons in about 400 theaters, including the local one. It’s the only local theater to offer the glasses, which can be worn over prescription glasses.The Millersville Pike theater has eight pairs of the glasses, which allow deaf and hard-of-hearing people to attend any movie they like instead of waiting for a special presentation of…

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