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JAN 17 1995 The Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman U.S. House of Representatives 2185 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C.

20515-3220 Dear Congressman Gilman: This letter is in response to your inquiry on behalf of your constituent, XX concerning a request for information about the amount of time that movie theaters have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Your constituent mentions that he uses a wheelchair and feels it is unfair that he has to sit in the back of movie theaters in New City, New York, and is not able to use the rest rooms. The ADA contains a number of requirements for physical accessibility in movie theaters. First, all new movie theaters built since January 26, 1992, must be accessible. Second, all movie theaters renovated or otherwise altered since January 26, 1992, must be altered in an accessible manner. Third, if a movie theater is not being renovated or otherwise altered, the manager or owner must do things that are "readily achievable" to eliminate physical barriers that keep people with mobility impairments from being able to use their facilities. Readily achievable is defined as "easily accomplishable and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense." If barrier removal is not readily achievable, the manager or owner is required to take alternative steps that are readily achievable to enable people with mobility impairments to be their customers. An example of an alternative to barrier removal would be a two-theater complex, with an accessible and an inaccessible theater, that rotates its films so that each film will be shown in the accessible theater. cc: Records;Chrono;Wodatch;McDowney;Breen;Willis;FOIA;MAF. N:\UDD\WILLIS\CGGILMAN\secy.johnson 01-03587​ -2The obligation to undertake readily achievable barrier removal in existing facilities went into effect on January 26, 1992, and is a continuing obligation. If a movie theater has a

number of barriers, the owner or manager may phase the barrier removal over time, if it is not readily achievable to remove all the barriers at once. I hope this information will be useful to you in replying to your constituent. Sincerely, Kerry Alan Scanlon Acting Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division 01-03588​ XX New City, New York 10956 November 16, 1994 Congressman Gilman 223 Route 59 Monsey, New York 10952 Dear Congressman Gilman: I met you at the Stardust Ball on November 4th at the Atrium Plaza. At that time, I spoke to you briefly about the movie theaters in New City not being wheelchair accessible. I was wondering how long that the theaters have to comply with the A.D.A. Law. I feel that it is unfair that I can only sit in the back of the movie theater and am not able to use the bathrooms. It makes me feel angry that as a citizen of Rockland County, I am not treated the same way as all other paying customers. I would appreciate your response to the problems I have outlined. Sincerely, XX JT/da 01-03589