Marking the last day of Deaf Awareness Month, Disability Rights Legal Center (DLRC) filed a federal class action lawsuit against Krikorian Premiere Theaters alleging discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.
Brought on behalf of the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD), Antoinette Abbamonte, and similarly situated individuals, the case alleges that the Krikorian Theaters only provides captioning devices for 3 of its 90 theater screens, thus denying deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons with the ability to understand or enjoy a majority of films Krikorian offers to the public. (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, et al. v. Krikorian Premiere Theaters, LLC, et al. Case No. 2:13-cv-07172-PSG-AS).
According to GLAD CEO Dr. Patricia Hughes, "The time has come to put responsibility on the movie industry to make it fully communication accessible for all of us. In today's day and age that issue has already been address with technology items such as captioning devices, which can display captions right in front of the wearer's eye." Dr. Hughes further states, "Deaf and hard-of-hearing theater patrons shouldn't have to plan our day around the schedule of when theaters screen a selected film with closed captioning or have to wait six+ months until the film comes out in DVD, Blu-Ray or even shown on cable television. It's time for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to be treated like first class citizens and enjoy a full movie theater experience."
To read a copy of the press release, please click here.
To read a copy of the filed complaint, please click here.