DJ 202-PL-182 JUN 04 1992 Mr. XXXXX(b)(6) Seattle, Washington 98103 Dear Mr.

xx: This is in response to your letter requesting information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It was referred from the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. The ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance to individuals and entities having rights or obligations under the Act. This letter provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding the ADA's requirements. However, it does not constitute a legal interpretation and it is not binding on the Department. You ask whether movie theaters are considered places of public accommodation under the ADA and, if so, whether the ADA requires them to have some showings with captions. Movie theaters are places of public accommodation and, therefore, subject to the requirements of the ADA. However, the Act does not require theaters to offer film showings with open captioning. This issue was specifically considered by Congress during the legislative process and Congress indicated that open captioning would not be required. Closed captioning cannot be used because it is not a technology that is currently compatible with film projection. I hope this information will be useful to you in understanding your rights under the ADA. Sincerely, Joan A. Magagna Deputy Director Office on the Americans with Disabilities Act cc: Records Chrono Wodatch Magagna arthur T. 6/3/92 01-00861​

United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 1331 F Street, NW * Suite 1000 * Washington, DC 20004-1111 * 202-272-5434 (V/TDD * Fax 202-272-5447 (b)(6) XX Seattle, WA 98103 Dear Mr. XX We are in receipt of your letter dated February 27, 1992 regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). With respect to the ADA, the Access Board is charged with the development and issuance of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG). Our technical assistance role is limited to explanation and clarification of the ADAAG's scoping and technical provisions. As the regulatory authority, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible for application of the ADAAG and for certain other regulations pursuant to the Act. Your questions addressed issues under the purview of the ADA Office at DOJ. For this reason, we are forwarding your letter to: Office on the Americans with Disabilities Act Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice P.O. Box 66118 Washington, DC 20530 Thank you for contacting the Access Board. If we can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at the above address or at (800) 872-2253. Sincerely, Marsha K. Mazz Technical Assistance Coordinator

The Access Board 01-00862 (Handwritten) TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: FEB. 27, 1992 I'M A DEAF PERSON WHO TALKS AND LIPREADS. I HAVE TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THE DIALOGUE IN MOVIES (EXCEPT WHEN THE MOVIE IS A SUBTITLED FOREIGN FILM): UNDER THE ADA "PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS" ARE TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL PEOPLE, INCLUDING THOSE WITH DISABILITIES. COULD THE SHOWING OF A FILM AT A MOVIE THEATRE BE CONSIDERED A "PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION"? IF SO, COULD MOVIE THEATRES BE REQUIRED TO HAVE SOME SHOWINGS OF AMERICAN (OR ENGLISH) FILMS WITH CAPTIONS? SINCERELY, (b)(6) (b)(6) Seattle, WA 98103 ARCHITECTURAL & TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD 1111 18th St. NW, Ste ILLEGIBLE Washington, DC 20036 C USPS 1991 01-00863