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MoPix, AOL pact to list special access venues

Rear window captioning, DVS theatrical systems searched

BOSTON — MoPix, the motion picture access project of pubcaster WGBH’s Media Access Group, has pacted with AOL to provide a listing of locations in the U.S. and Canada where current releases are playing with special access for the visual or hearing impaired.

AOL subscribers who click the Keyword: MoPix site will be able to find out which theaters near them have rear window captioning or DVS theatrical. Rear window captioning allows viewers to access captions from a screen at the rear of the theater, reflected onto a clear acrylic screen attached to their seat. DVS theatrical is a listening system allowing visually impaired viewers to access a descriptive audio track explaining what is onscreen.

The AOL site is timed to launch with the release of the MoPix enhanced version of the Disney animated feature “Finding Nemo.” Other current releases that have enhanced versions are “The Hulk,” “Alex & Emma,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “X2: X-Men United,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Bruce Almighty.” Upcoming releases to feature such enhancements include “Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle,” “Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines,” “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde” and “Seabiscuit.”

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Because these versions are available only at selected theaters, the listings will allow patrons to pinpoint a location near them. Chains participating in the MoPix systems include AMC, Loews Cineplex, National Amusements, Mann’s, Crown Theaters and Famous Players theaters.