AMC Theatres agrees to services for disabled

DANVILLE — Theater-goers in Danville and Mattoon will soon be able to enjoy movies, regardless of hearing or vision disabilities.

As the result of a settlement with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, AMC Theatres has agreed to provide personal captioning services and audio-description technology for people with disabilities at all of its theaters.

Those include the AMC Village Mall 6 in Danville and the AMC Showplace Mattoon 10 in Mattoon.

The theaters are to be equipped by 2014, according to a release from Madigan's office.

"This technology will allow people with disabilities to enjoy a movie right alongside their friends and families unlike ever before," Madigan said.

Before the agreement, only 21 of 246 movie theaters in Illinois offered closed-captioning services and only 10 offered audio-description services.

In the release, Noel MacDonald, vice president of operations for the Kansas City, Mo.-based theater chain, said AMC has worked with suppliers for several years to develop digital assistive technologies that can be used on a broad scale.

The settlement arose from concerns brought in 2010 by Equip for Equality, a federally funded advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Illinois.

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