Theater for All

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News April 2014

After several years of investigation, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara has filed and settled a lawsuit over accessibility in nine historic Broadway Theaters.

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Nine theaters owned and operated by the Nederlander Organization (Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Palace and Richard Rodgers) were found to be in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the settlement, the organization has agreed to do the following:

-Provide 70 wheelchair accessible seats and direct ticket vendors to give people with disabilities priority when selling those seats. 

-Provide 134 seats with aisle transfers and direct ticket vendors to give people with disabilities (who are able to transfer from their wheelchair into a seat) priority when selling those seats.

-Remove more than 500 barriers to accessibility in the theaters.

“Today’s resolution marks the culmination of years of work to ensure that one of New York City’s leading cultural and entertainment treasures — Broadway theater — is accessible to people with disabilities,” says Bharara in a press release. “As a result of this suit and settlement, coupled with a similar lawsuit filed by the Office against the Shubert Theaters in 2003, over 20 of the leading Broadway theaters, operated by the two largest Broadway theater organizations, will be more accessible than ever before.”

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