More movie theaters to be made accessible to Mass. residents

07/30/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Three large movie-theater chains that operate in Massachusetts are planning to increase the number of theaters in the state that have modifications for people with visual and hearing impairments. The chains agreed to help ensure that 15% of theater auditoriums offer text-captioning for people who cannot hear and narration for people who cannot see, all as part of a settlement to avoid a potential lawsuit. "Movies are a significant part of our social and cultural fabric, and these settlements help ensure that the hearing and visually impaired have meaningful access to them," the state's attorney general said.

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