This comment focuses on the case Arizona ex rel Goddard v. Harkins Amusement Enterprises and uses it to explore whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is being distorted and misused if theater owners are required to install and provide equipment so as to fully accommodate hearing- and vision impaired customers. The comment begins by outlining the ADA using case examples and detailing the analytical framework courts use to evaluate claims asserted under the Act. It then discusses the accommodations the motion picture industry currently provides disabled patrons, and, after evaluating these existing accommodations, outlines the financial and technical effect full compliance under the ADA would have on the motion picture industry. Lastly, the article suggests possible action for courts and the public to take in order to balance the interests of disabled Americans and the motion picture industry, ultimately concluding that full compliance under the ADA would place an undue burden on the motion picture industry.
Erica N. Lucero,
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entertainment?,
31 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. Rev. 209
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