Movie Theater Being Sued For Not Being Wheelchair Accessible

Dec 20, 2010
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The movie theater at the Roosevelt Field Mall holds itself out as being wheelchair accessible — but try telling that to someone who uses a wheelchair.

Danielle Napoli, 23, of Long Island has filed a discrimination complaint against the AMC Loews Roosevelt Field 8, charging that the theater’s supposed handicap accessibility is a sham.

Danielle took a look at the movie theater’s website before deciding to go see a movie for her birthday with two of her friends to make sure that the building would accommodate her needs. The site claimed that the theater was accessible.

For Napoli, the outing was a big deal.

A car accident in August 2008 had left her paralyzed from the waist down and she hadn’t been going out at all. When she went to get her ticket Napoli claims, “the woman in the booth looked at my chair and said, ‘If you can get upstairs, then you can go.’ Well, I can’t get upstairs,” said Napoli.

Lawyer, Lenard Leeds of Leeds Morelli & Brown, who is handling the case, said the state Division of Human Rights complaint is aimed at forcing the theater to become wheelchair accessible.

“We are aware of the issue,” said a theater manager.

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Author: Jennifer Green