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Benton Harbor, MI – Loeks Theaters, Inc., the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and deaf Michigan resident Graham Forsey, today announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed last month by deaf movie fans. The suit, filed in the Western District of Michigan, sought captioning in movie theaters owned and operated by Loeks Theaters, Inc.
In settlement of the suit, Loeks Theaters, Inc., which operates Celebration! Cinemas, Studio C!, Cinema Carousel, and the Plaza 1 and 2., agreed to ensure that its theaters are accessible to deaf and hard of hearing movie goers through closed captioning. Loeks Theaters, Inc. will also be reaching out to the local deaf and hard of hearing community to welcome them as movie patrons.
Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf commended this agreement and said, “We are pleased that Loeks is committed to ensuring equal access to their theaters with movies that are fully accessible for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.”
“We are moving ahead with captioning technology at the rest of our locations,” said Steve VanWagoner, VP of Marketing for Celebration! Cinema. “We remain committed to continuing to improve services for all our guests.”
Within a few months, all of the following movie theaters will provide captioning:
Benton Harbor: Celebration! Cinema
Grand Rapids: Celebration! Cinema North, South, RiverTown Mall, Woodland Mall.
Lansing: Celebration! Cinema, Studio C!
Mt. Pleasant: Celebration! Cinema
Muskegon: Cinema Carousel, Plaza 1&2
Portage: Celebration! Cinema
Please check with the Box Office at your local Celebration! Cinema for details on theater-specific captioning information, including anticipated dates captioning will become available in each theater.
The NAD and Mr. Forsey were represented by the National Association of the Deaf, Stein & Vargas, LLP and Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC.
The National Association of the Deaf is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for, deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States.
Stein & Vargas, LLP is a civil rights firm based in Washington, D.C. and committed to the principle that all people have full and equal access to all parts of society.
Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC is a firm committed to protecting the rights of people by practicing law from the heart, making a difference one day at a time for those who are denied the very protections, liberties, and equality that we all deserve.