Another DOJ Movie Theater Case
A federal lawsuit brought against AMC Entertainment Inc., the country's second-largest movie theater owner, by the U.S. Department of Justice has been resolved.The 1999 suit has to do with violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), specifically denying equal access in movie theaters to the disabled.
The Justice Department also recently negotiated with Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie-theater chain, and Cinemark USA Inc. to improve theater accessibility. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Regal is controlled by Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz.
On Jan. 10, federal Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of California ordered AMC to provide access to stadium seating sections in theaters for people in wheelchairs. The decision means AMC will have to make improvements to some 1,200 of its 1,933 auditoriums with tiered, stadium-style seating, including adding ramps to 360 auditoriums.