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How to Locate ​Cinema (Movie)Theaters and their Assitive Listening Systems

Thanks to the ADA, Movie Theaters should provide some type of Listening Service, either by using captions or assitive devices. Not all legitimate ("Live") theaters provide systems, yet. 

"Live" theaters may use special captioning equipment to capture the dialogue in a play. This is relatively new technology and is quite costly.

Use the links below to locate Cinemas and other theaters which have assitive devices.
​Cinema (Movie) Theaters
(immediately below)
Rochester Broadway Theatre League
                    (auditorium Theatre)

  885 E Main St, Rochester, NY
  14605

   LIVE THEATRE--- CAPTIONED!

2017-2018

All performances are Sunday, at 1:00 pm

School of Rock- October 1st


The Little Mermaid October 29th

Fun Home- November 19th

A Christmas Story- December 17th

On Your Feet- February 11th

An American in Paris March 25th
RENT- May 6th

Tickets become available 6 weeks in advance of each show. Request seats in “open captions” viewing section. Call 222-5000; email, info@rbtl.org 
GEVA Theatre 

  75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607
Offering Captioned Plays!

Call the Box Office at 232-4382. Ask for seat in the “open captions” viewing section.

GEVA THEATRE – CAPTIONED PLAYS !

SAT. shows 2pm; WED. 2pm & 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated

Sat. June 3; Wed. June 21 –Million Dollar Quartet

Sat. Sept. 9; Wed. Oct. 4 – In the Heights

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:30pm – Smart People

Sat. Oct. 21; Wed. Nov. 8 – The Agitators

Sun. Dec. 3 @ 12N; Wed. Dec. 20 @ 2pm & 7pm – A Christmas Carol

Sat. Dec. 9 @ 2:30pm – Marvelous Wonderettes

Sat. Jan. 13, 2018; Wed. Jan. 31 – The Other Josh Cohen

Sat. Jan. 27, 2018 @ 2:30pm –Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End

Sat. Feb. 17; Wed. March 7 – Diary of Anne Frank

Sat. March 17 @ 2:30pm – Heartland

Sat. April 7; Wed. April 25 – One House Over

Sat. May 12; Wed. May 30 – Steel Magnolias

Open-captioning is a service for people with hearing loss that uses a text display to provide a simultaneous translation of dialogue and lyrics, as well as a description of sound effects, during a live performance.

Open-captioning equipment was first acquired with the support from the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Rochester Chapter in honor of J. Stuart and Phyllis I. MacDonald, as well as individual support from Mr. & Mrs. Edward Carman; Mrs. John H. Kitchen, Jr.; Dr. & Mrs. Werner Kunz and Mrs. Jane W. Labrum and the generous support of the Hard of Hearing Clarity Fund of The Rochester Area Community Foundation, in memory of Mark C. Hargrave, Jr.

Although the original equipment has been stored and maintained at Geva, it is portable and Geva has made the system available to other professional and community theatres, educational institutions and arts organizations in the Greater Rochester Area.  Since purchase of the original equipment some theaters have purchased their own system which mean they have the ability to have more performances captioned.

Guidelines for rental of Geva's equipement are available by contacting Lara Rhyner, Associate Director of Education, at lrhyner@gevatheatre.org or (585) 420-2058. Because the equipment is shared not all performances of a Theatre can be Live Captioned. Many theatres have additional Assistive Listening availability. Call the theatre for more information.

Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave in Brighton.

CenterStage is a Rochester-based professional theatre offering  season performances in the  Hart Theater at the JCC.

 A SEASON OF FIRSTS

2017-18 CenterStage Subscription Series

NEW EXPANDED LIVE OPEN CAPTIONING SCHEDULE

Be sure to ask for seats in the captioned area.

COOKING WITH THE CALAMARI SISTERS October 5-29, 2017 • THE GIRLS ARE BACK!
Delphine & Carmela Calamari return to Rochester in a new production of the 2010 show that started the phenomenon.

¥Sunday, October 15 at 2pm
¥Wednesday, October 18 at 7pm
¥Thursday, October 19 at 7pm
¥Saturday, October 21 at 2pm

FIRST DATE, THE MUSICAL COMEDY December 2-17, 2017 • AREA PREMIERE

Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
A Blind date turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks and fake emergency phone calls.
¥Sunday, December 10 at 2pm
¥Thursday, December 14 at 7pm
¥Saturday, December 16 at 2pm

THE HIT MAKERS: AND THE BEAT GOES ON February 3-18, 2018 • ALL NEW SHOW
A musical tribute to the Top 40 music of the 1960s.
¥Sunday, February 11 at 2pm
¥Thursday, February 15 at 7pm
¥Saturday, February 17 at 2pm

BUYER & CELLAR March 10-25, 2018
A COMEDY BY JONATHAN TOLINS
Alex More is one of “the luckiest people in the world!” He’s scored the oddest of odd jobs as the lone employee of the shopping mall in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home.
¥Sunday, March 18 at 2pm
¥Thursday, March 22 at 7pm

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, THE MUSICAL May 5-20, 2018 • AREA PREMIERE
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller
One of the most romantic stories ever written is now an irresistible, Tony award-winning Broadway musical.
¥Sunday, May 13 at 2pm
¥Thursday, May 17 at 7pm
¥Saturday, May 19 at 2pm

Legitimate Theater Below