Edmond Town Hall Theatre has installed new assistive listening and captioning devices that will make movies and live performances more accessible for theater patrons with special hearing or visual needs. Thanks to the matching donation from a generous local family, the Board of Managers was able to install six assistive listening and four captioning devices.
The devices provide both listening assistance and captions for those with hearing impairments, as well as descriptive narrative, which is useful for people with visual impairments. Patrons who wish to use the devices can sign them out at the ticket booth and return them after the movie. The new equipment is a great improvement over the old devices, which were designed for use prior to the theater’s conversion to digital technology in 2014 and which did not provide captioning or descriptive narrative assistance.
“Although our donors chose to remain anonymous, we are very grateful for their assistance in helping us match the cost of providing this service to our patrons.” said Margot Hall, Chairman of the Board.
The Edmond Town Hall, completed in 1931 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was a gift from Newtown benefactress Mary Elizabeth Hawley. It has served as the heart of Newtown since its inception by providing residents with governmental services space; affordable family entertainment through its theater; sports opportunities in its gymnasium; and, elegant space rentals to help residents and neighbors gather or celebrate life events. The Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers is a group of electors responsible for the planning and oversight of the iconic building.