The Justice Department has told theater chain AMC that it must upgrade wheelchair-accessible seating in 1,200 auditoriums. Just to make sure no one thought they were kidding they've also slapped AMC with a $300,000 fine. $200,000 of that must go to patrons who lodged complaints. The screens in question have auditorium-style seating, which often pushes spots for wheelchairs toward the bottom of the house and closer to the screen. That results in the wheelchair occupants having to crain their necks a bit to see the movie, something that's uncomfortable even for viewers in the regular seats. To accomodate that ramps will have to be built so wheelchairs can be to the back of the theater. All new theaters being built by AMC in the next five years must comply with guidelines set out as part of the penalty.
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