The Boulevard Drive-In Theatre was packed on the evening of July 11, 2013. Cars lined up right next to each other, row upon row of cars, filling the entire parking lot. People brought out lawn chairs and blankets, and drinks and snacks as they awaited the start of the “Monsters University” movie. People from all over the Kansas City area gathered to watch an open-captioned movie on the big screen in the beautiful outdoors. This was the appeal of the movie, where deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing individuals could all enjoy a drive-in movie theatre, with captions included.
Although there are indoor movie theaters that have caught on to the importance of captions to be used during movies, the drive-in theaters have been slower to adapt to new technology. Thanks to The Whole Person and Cinema K.C. partnering to make this event happen, more than 500 people came to watch the open-captioned movie.
Because the event was so successful, a DOUBLE FEATURE open captioned movie at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre will be held on August 30 at 9 p.m. “Planes” and “The Lone Ranger” are the movies featured. The address for the movie theatre is 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 66103. Ticket costs are $10 a person to watch two movies for the price of one! Kids under 11 can go for FREE.
Below is a link to the Youtube video about the previous event on July 11. Feel free to check out more what this is all about!