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DOJ Releases Rule Requiring ADA Captioning for Movie Theaters

On August 1, 2014, the Department of Justice released a proposed rule to require movie theaters to show movies with closed captioning and audio description for all movie showings (if produced or distributed with this capability) unless to do so would result in an undue burden or a fundamental alteration.  The Department is proposing a six-month compliance date for movie theaters’ digital screens. The Department is seeking public comment on whether it should adopt a four-year compliance date for movie theaters’ analog screens or should defer rulemaking on analog screens until a later date.   The proposed rule proposes to require movie theaters to have a certain number of individual captioning devices and audio description devices.   The  rule also requires that movie theaters ensure that their staff has the capability to operate the equipment, and also provide the public with notice about the availability of captions and audio description.

Comments are due by September 30, 2014.