Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a settlement April 4 with the nation’s second-largest movie theater chain to provide technology at all 246 of its theaters statewide so they are accessible to people with hearing and vision disabilities.
The settlement requires AMC Theaters, based in Kansas City, Missouri, to equip its theaters with closed captioning services and audio-description devices at each of its theaters by 2014. Only 21 of the state’s theaters currently have this technology.
The agreement was prompted by concerns brought to the Attorney General’s Office in 2010 by Equip for Equality.
“Our clients are thrilled with the comprehensive agreement reached by the Illinois Attorney General and AMC,” said Amy Peterson, senior attorney for Equip for Equality, in a news release. “Under the agreement, people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and blind will now be able to fully enjoy going to the movies, like all other citizens of Illinois.”
Equip for Equality is part of the federally funded protection and advocacy system and a member of the National Disability Rights Network.