Chakeres Theatre has settled a discrimination complaint for $5,000 and will close its Frankfort movie theater in January, according to a report Monday by the Kentucky Human Rights Commission.
The company, which operates a theater in the Franklin Square Shopping Center, denied any violation of state law and affirmed it will comply with civil rights laws. The closure will leave Frankfort without a first-run movie theater.
Anita Dowd, an executive staff advisor for the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, filed a complaint with the commission in July 2011, alleging Chakeres failed to provide hearing aids or captioning services to watch a movie.
The two sides came to an agreement before the commission held a final hearing in the matter, according to a press release from the human rights commission.
Chakeres agreed to pay Dowd $5,000 and told the commission it planned to close its Franklin Square theater in January, the release says. The commission approved the agreement Thursday during a meeting in Louisville.
“If the company does begin operations in Kentucky it is required to provide auxiliary aids and services as necessary to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and to comply with all civil rights law and undergo commission compliance monitoring for a period of time,” the commission said in its release.
Chakeres officials could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.