The ADA Title III Movie Captioning and Audio Description Rule contains requirements to have and maintain the equipment necessary to provide closed movie captioning and audio description whenever showing a digital movie made available with these features. These requirements went into effect this month for covered movie theaters that have been showing digital movies since the rule was published on December 2, 2016. This equipment deadline is the first of three equipment compliance deadlines in the final rule. (Read the compliance deadlines.)

The Department has a Q&A to assist movie theaters—most of which are considered small businesses according to the Small Business Administration—in complying with the requirements of the rule. For more information about this rule or the ADA, please visit the Department’s ADA website ( or call our ADA Information Line: Voice: 1-800-514-0301; TTY: 1-800-514-3083.