Edwards theater - Idaho Falls uses captioning glasses and amplified headphones that you check out from the backside of the ticket counter. There can be a line, so come early. My experience with just the glasses for Star Wars the Last Jedi was much better than my previous visit. Bring something to clean the lenses of the glasses. Sound is very loud, recommend musician's ear plugs or non-linear plugs.
Paramount5 - Rexburg no assistive devices available as of winter 2016, but sound level was the most comfortable out of all the theaters I visited.
Pluses: The captioning glasses were pretty cool with laser green captioning. I was able to adjust the position of the captioning to where it was convenient and didn't find it distracting. I would use them again on a regular movie. I was able to use them with either eye closed as well, and worked even when one side had more blurry writing.
Minuses: I went for the 3-D and would strongly recommend against this. They come with a thin piece of plastic that is supposed to fit over the glasses. Unfortunately, they wouldn't stay on for more than a few minutes, and after it fell down under my seat, I wasn't about to pull out a flash light and look for them while the movie was going on. I tried using the regular 3-D glasses and found that I could suffer through the movie, but it was uncomfortable, and you had to hold your head just right.
Pluses: none at this time, it didn't work. Hopefully this will change in the near future.
Minuses: They didn't work. When questioned, apparently 1/2 of the devices don't work, and I was lucky enough to get one that didn't. There was also no offer for a refund, and if I had needed it then it would have been a very negative experience. Fortunately with a little education and motivation I believe the headphone problem can be fixed.
Musician's ear plugs
Pluses: Musician plugs are inexpensive $12-18, reusable and don't decrease the speech frequencies more than bases and trebles like regular plugs. They turn down all frequencies close to the same, like turning down the volume on your TV at home.
Minuses: Most models have a fixed decrease. Some of the custom and much more expensive models have adjustable filters allowing you to change how much you are turning down the sound level.
Pluses: Non-linear plugs are inexpensive $16, reusable and have very little affect on the sound volume until it approaches dangerous levels.
Minuses: I recommend you go in to an audiologist and be fit with the correct size to have the most comfortable experience. Most retailers only sell 1 size.
Note from the Audiologist: When I ask my patients, "What are some of the activities that they miss because of their hearing loss?", going to the movies is a common answer. Both Edwards and Paramount have made efforts to help the hard of hearing enjoy the movies again. Some of the technology was pretty impressive.
Captioning glasses and amplified headphones at Star Wars VII at Edwards.
- Adjustable captioning glasses
- Amplified headphones