New Jersey Close captioning at theaters


New Member
Jul 11, 2003
Reaction score

My boyfriend and I used to work at Regal Entertainment Group, located in Eagan, Mn.


It has come to our attention that the Attorney General in the State of New Jersey has threatened a class action lawsuit against AMC, Loews Cineplex Entertainment, National Amusements, Clearview Cinemas and Regal Entertainment Group if they do not agree to install Rear Window Captioning and Descriptive Video Services by August 15, 2004. Legal Counsel for Regal Entertainment has expressed concerns over this development since their stated preference, at is that of their patrons, is for open captions.

At issue here is not your preference for the open or closed captioned movie going experience, what is alarming here is that Attorney General Peter Harvey, a political appointee, had decided what is best for the deaf and hard of hearing community and is using/abusing the powers of his office to force theatres into the system of HIS choice. Apparently deaf and hard of hearing people are incapable of making a choice or have the right to a say in the process. He has cited the DC movie captioning lawsuit settlement as the basis for his ultimatum.

This is no different than last year’s decision by Secretary of Education Rod Paige to secretly and unilaterally pull captioned funding for television programs without advance notice, publication of priority, explanation of definitions or any discussion on the part of the DHH community or end user.

What IS DIFFERENT here is that YOU, the deaf and hard of hearing community at large have until August 14th to make your feelings known. This is about CHOICE. The deadline HAS NOT PASSED. YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. The fact that a public servant blatantly ignores the desires of the community at large or even attempts to ASK our opinion is outrageous. It is not within the scope of Attorney General Harvey’s authority to makes these decisions for us.

I urge you to call, fax and send a letter expressing your outrage over this blatant violation of our civil rights.

Mr. Peter Harvey
Attorney General
State of New Jersey
Department of Law & Public Safety
P.O. Box 080
Trenton, NJ 08625-0080
(609) 292-4225
(609) 292-3506 is the web link to send your comments by email.

You might also contact Governor James E. McGreevey to let him know your views on this pending dictate and asked that we be included in considerations that the deaf and hard of hearing communities may have.

If you don't want a repeat of the DC lawsuit settlement, here is your opportunity and now is the time to get involved.

InSight Cinema