September 24, 2014

Extension of Comment Period for Proposed Rule Regarding Movie Theaters and Audio Description



The comment period has been extended until December 1, 2014 for the proposed regulation to explicitly require movie theaters to exhibit movies with audio description at all times and for all showings, unless to do so would cause an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department of Justice encourages the public to submit comments.

Comments may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home  
Search by the phrase Movie Theaters. “Comment Now” is on the right.
You may also comment by mail at the following addresses:  Regular U. S. mail: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U. S. Department of Justice, P. O. Box 2885, Fairfax, VA 22031-0885; Overnight, courier, or hand delivery: Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U. S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Avenue, N. W., Suite 4039, Washington, D. C. 20005.

The proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register on August 1, 2014.The following summary is from the regulations.gov website:
Summary: The Department of Justice (Department) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in order to propose amendments to its regulation for title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which covers public accommodations and commercial facilities, including movie theaters. The Department is proposing to explicitly require movie theaters to exhibit movies with closed captioning and audio description at all times and for all showings whenever movies are produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with captioning and audio description unless to do so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department is also proposing to require movie theaters to have a certain number of individual closed captioning and audio description devices unless to do so would result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration. The Department is proposing a six-month compliance date for movie theaters' digital movie screens and is seeking public comment on whether it should adopt a four-year compliance date for movie theaters' analog movie screens or should defer rulemaking on analog screens until a later date.

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