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Theater chain faces lawsuit over captions

August 18, 2016
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A man in the region and a civil rights group are suing a theater company, saying it does not provide captions at one of its venues.

Graham Forsey of St. Joseph, who is deaf, and the National Association of the Deaf said the discrimination suit was filed Monday against Loeks Theaters.

They say in the suit that without captions, deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons can't understand movie dialogues and soundtracks.

Loeks Theaters operates the Celebration! Cinema in Benton Harbor.

Celebration! Cinema VP of Marketing Steve VanWagoner says in a statement that updated standards for supporting the deaf community are being reviewed by the Justice Department.

He says theaters in "Benton Harbor and other locations will receive captioning equipment in the coming months, upon the adoption of the new standards."

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