A woman who's deaf says she's trying to get the only drive-in theater in the New River Valley to put closed captioning back on the big screen.

Kayla McAlexander contracted meningitis when she was two and has been deaf ever since.

"I'm willing to stand up for myself and for other deaf people. That's why [I'm] here," McAlexander said.

Ashlee Olinger is her big sister. She grew up translating for McAlexander. Olinger explained how the Starlite Drive-In Theater in Christiansburg is a family favorite.

"[McAlexander] loves going there and she grew up going there for years. She loves that place," Olinger said.

But now that love is being tested.

Two years ago, the Starlite put closed captioning on during four movies - meaning the words were scrolling on the bottom of the screen.

The Starlite is a 60-year-old family business, that when full, seats nearly 700 people.

Peggy Beasley said she's worked at the family business since she was 12. This closed captioning controversy caught her off guard, but remembers why she stopped it.

"Yes, I had some complaints about the writing on the screen and it distracted [drive-in guests]. I try to keep everybody happy, so I got rid of it," Beasley said.

McAlexander said recently she wanted to see a first run, closed captioned movie and found out it was no longer available.

"I wanted to watch the turtles. [Me and my] boyfriend wanted to go watch the ninja turtles this weekend," McAlexander said.

For it's part, the Starlite says it never heard from anyone about how important the closed captioning was, until now.

The Americans with Disabilities Act says theaters must make accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing. But it does not appear to clearly address how the law applies to drive-in theaters.

McAlexander says the closed captioning made all the difference and wants it back.

"A lot of [my] friends have said that if [the Starlite doesn't bring back closed captioning], they're not going back," said McAlexander.

Beasley was asked directly if she'd consider putting the closed captioning back on the Starlite's big screen.

"Yes, the discussion is wide open and If we get enough feedback, we will definitely do something different," Beasley said.