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Deaf Moviegoers Sue BowTie Cinemas
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08/08/2013
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Popcorn, large crowds, and date nights are perks of spending time at the movies. But what is a movie if there are no words?

CTPost reports that a group of advocates for the hearing impaired has filed a lawsuit in Connecticut alleging a movie theater chain is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court, Bow Tie Cinemas provides very few or no captioning devices for the deaf and hard of hearing.

According to NBC, Harvey Corson, president of Connecticut Association of the Deaf said, "workers told them there were only two closed-captioning devices."

In speaking with Erin Verre, a researcher for a law firm handling this case, she says 9 out of 11 of the Bow Tie Cinemas in Connecticut carry the devices. Now only two in CT do not. One of them is here in Hartford, about 5 miles away from the American School for the Deaf.

HartfordCourant reports that the suit claims: "Some Bow Tie theaters provide a nominal number of devices for deaf and hard of hearing patrons. However, even assuming that those devices were functional ... a nominal number of devices would not render those theaters accessible."

Quoted in the MiamiHerald, Corson says "It's... frustrating... I'm an American. I should enjoy the same types of experiences and the same types of movies other Americans enjoy."

Reporting for MetaMedia, I'm Ivan Roman.

 


 
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