Motion picture theaters; required open-captioned showings. (SB274)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Motion picture theaters; required open-captioned showings. Requires any motion picture theater that has four or more separate auditoriums to provide two scheduled showings of a motion picture that engages open captions for a particular showing of an open-captioned-available motion picture each week in any auditorium showing any open-captioned-available motion picture. The measure requires one showing in each auditorium to be during peak weekend motion picture attendance hours, and at least half of the other open-captioned showings to be during peak weekday motion picture attendance hours. If any auditorium is showing more than one motion picture during a week, the theater may select the motion picture to offer as open-captioned showings, but shall show a different motion picture on the weekend than it shows during the week. The measure prohibits a theater from providing more than one open-captioned showing at overlapping times unless the theater has more auditoriums than available showtimes. Persons suffering loss or injury resulting from a violation may bring an action to recover damages and reasonable attorney fees or injunctive relief. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101030D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/09/2020Rereferred from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/09/2020Rereferred to Commerce and Labor
02/10/2020Continued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/04/2020Left in Commerce and Labor

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