People with hearing loss and vision impairment will now be able to go to the movies and understand them as well as others do.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office reached a settlement with AMC Theatres, the state's largest movie theater chain, to provide aids in understanding movies to the disabled.
By 2014, the theaters will provide personal captioning services for people with hearing loss. They'll also provide audio description technology for those with visual impairment.
The development came after Equip for Equality, the federally funded advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Illinois, notified Madigan's office that only a handful of theaters in Illinois had accommodations for those with hearing and vision disabilities.
Darin Shook, a manager at AMC Showplace 12 Theatre in Niles, at referred calls to the AMC corporate office, which did not immediately return calls. AMC also owns , 12311 North Randall Road, Lake in the Hills and AMC South Barrington 30, 175 Studio Drive, South Barrington.
All Illinois AMC theaters will offer the accommodations.