DEC 21 1992

Donn B. Murphy President and Executive Director The National Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 Dear Mr. Murphy: This letter is in response to your request for information concerning the responsibilities of theatres under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Enclosed is our Department of Justice regulation promulgated under title III of the ADA, which applies to places of public accommodation and commercial facilities. Theatres, as places of public accommodation, must comply with all of the relevant requirements in this regulation. The title III requirements for wheelchair locations and auxiliary aids in existing theatres may be found in sections 36.308 and 36.303 of the enclosed regulation, pages 35598 and 35597, respectively. In addition, section 4.33 of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, which begins on page 35662 of the enclosed regulation, contains the requirements for wheelchair locations and assistive listening systems in newly constructed or altered theatres. I have also enclosed our Title III Technical Assistance Manual, which explains the regulation and provides examples. If after you review this information you have specific questions, you may call our information line on weekdays between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (202) 514-0301 (voice) or (202) 514-0838 (TDD).

cc: Records, Chrono, Wodatch, Novich, Breen, Friedlander, FOIA


01-01808 -2I hope this information is helpful to you. Sincerely,

Philip L. Breen Special Legal Counsel Public Access Section

Enclosures (2) Title III Regulation Title III Technical Assistance Manual


The National Theatre Executive Offices

June 30, 1992 Mr. Edward Mercado Director Office for Civil Rights United States Department of Health and Human Services 330 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Mr. Mercado: The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. is a 501c.3 not-forprofit organization. We want to insure that we are in compliance with applicable requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. I would appreciate whatever guidelines for theatres and places of entertainment you may be able to provide.

We are also interested in relevant distinctions between organizations which receive U.S. Government subsidies and those which do not. Thank you very much for assisting us to meet the requirements of this law. Sincerely, Donn B. Murphy, Ph.D. President and Executive Director cc: John B. Adams, Jr. Chairman Sterling Tucker, Vice President Margaret E. Lynn, Treasurer John Ryan, Secretary Robert Snyder, Member-At-Large, EXCOM Harry Teter, Jr. General Manager Joan Langer, Program Administrator Carol M. Hayes, Theatre Manager Box Office Treasurer, Barbara Jones Beverly Ruffin, Head Usher 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 (202) 783-3370