Movie theatre in Pikeville now showing captioned movies

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

A man who's worked for years to bring closed captioned movies to the big screen in Eastern Kentucky won a major victory Wednesday night.

The Riverfill 10 movie theater in Pikeville is believed to be one of the first theaters in this area to show a captioned movie that caters to the hearing impaired.

People across Eastern Kentucky go to the movies everyday and enjoy a good show.
But it wasn't until wednesday night that the hearing impaired in pikeville and surrounding areas were able to do the same.

"I haven't been to a movie in 25 years at the theatre. I always had to watch them at home and I've missed out on some of the experience with my family, with my kids and enjoying the social aspect of coming to the movies. I mean coming to the movies is one of the most social things in America that you can do. Everybody thinks about going to the movies." Says Eddie Runyon, who is hear impaired and has spent 2 years working to make this day happen.

"I've been working with the theater, communicating with the theater and reps trying to encourage them to at least try it out here in Pikeville. We're beyond the test phase and now they actually installed the system so they'll be able to show it any time of the day that they want to." Says Runyon.

runyon says that he is most excited about being in the theater with his family.

Other movie goers also has a positive response to the new addition at the theater.

this was only the first captioned showing, but runyon is hopeful that other theaters across the region will do the same thing.

Currently the Riverfill 10 theater only has one projector that will show captioned movies.

They are now showing Karate Kid, but officials say they are hoping to get new movies in soon.

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