The Capitol Theatre on W. 65th and Detroit will be the first of Cleveland Cinemas’ seven theaters and the first theater in the city of Cleveland to begin showing limited screenings of English-language films with Spanish subtitles.
“The Capitol Theatre is proud to serve the community with a diverse line-up of films,” said Jonathan Forman, president of Cleveland Cinemas, in a news release. “With a large Spanish-speaking community on Cleveland’s west side, we felt it was important to offer the option of seeing films with Spanish subtitles when available."
The first such film to be shown at the Capitol will be X-Men: Apocalypse
, which opens May 27 nationwide. It is currently the only film on the docket to be screened featuring this treatment. The blockbuster is predicted to make $100-135 million domestically over the course of the three-day weekend.
A report published by the Instituto Cervantes in 2015 stated that there were 41 million native Spanish speakers living in the United States. This number is up from a census estimate from 2013, which stated that there were 38.4 million Spanish speakers, but not alarmingly so, considering the 120-percent increase of Spanish speakers between 1990 and 2013.
Combined with the 11.2 million people who are bilingual, the number of Spanish speakers living in the United States has surpassed the entire population of Spain (46.77 million). The United States has moved into second place, behind Mexico, for the highest population of Spanish speakers.
Needless to say, cinemas in areas with high concentrations of Spanish speakers – in California, Texas, and Florida for example – have had this option for some time now.
Screenings of X-Men: Apocalypse
with English audio and Spanish subtitles are currently limited to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29th and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31st. Visit Cleveland Cinemas’ website
for more information and updates.