Chakeres to close Frankfort movie the...

Chakeres to close Frankfort movie theater in January, settles discrimination complaint

There are 79 comments on the State Journal story from Oct 22, 2013, titled Chakeres to close Frankfort movie theater in January, settles discrimination complaint. In it, State Journal reports that:

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.

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Too bad

Finchville, KY

#1 Oct 22, 2013
I go to Lexington anyway.
dumpster

Frankfort, KY

#2 Oct 22, 2013
Franklin Square theater has been a dump for years.
Movie Man

Frankfort, KY

#3 Oct 22, 2013
Chakeres to close Frankfort movie theater in January, settles discrimination complaint
Company settles discrimination complaint for $5,000
State Journal staff report Published: October 22, 2013 9:25AM

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
Murican

Frankfort, KY

#4 Oct 22, 2013
Sad sad sad. . .
ugh

Frankfort, KY

#5 Oct 22, 2013
Ok, so it's a dump. So what. At least those who can't afford to drive to lex every time they want to see a movie had a place convenient to go. You all kill me with this "Frankfort sucks" attitude. There's a reason your still here, otherwise you would have moved on to bigger and better things by now.
Kittymama

Frankfort, KY

#6 Oct 22, 2013
I would have continued to go to the theater, but I always seemed to get the theater with the busted speaker. I'm not paying money to see a movie with jacked up sound.
Well

Toledo, OH

#7 Oct 22, 2013
Kittymama wrote:
I would have continued to go to the theater, but I always seemed to get the theater with the busted speaker. I'm not paying money to see a movie with jacked up sound.
. There's not gonna be nothig for the kids to do any more it's pitifully There taking only thing away for kids to do left in tho town especially for the kids who don't get into other stuff . Sad .
Peter

Finchville, KY

#8 Oct 22, 2013
I am not surprised at this news as I predicted the closing of our local theater two years ago.

Retro upgrades for the blind and deaf plus the move to digital (35mm film production is no more as of 2015) will kill small-town theaters due to the cost of the required equipment. The cost ranges between $20,000 and $85,000+. Yes, sad.
wtf

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Oct 23, 2013
If your deaf why are you going to the movies anyways expecting them to turn captions on?? She probably planned it. Thanks lady now we have nothing.
RIFLEMAN

Fort Worth, TX

#10 Oct 23, 2013
She just wanted easy money. The theater been like that for over 30yrs.
Tap That

Frankfort, KY

#11 Oct 23, 2013
You guys do realize that this just accererates the pace at which one of the major movie chains is going to start eyeing the new Parkside shopping center over where TJ Maxx is, right? Nowawdays, those cookie cutter shpping centers are designed with a theater already in mind. It's a natural fit. They were probably coming even if Chakerers didn't close.

Watch your local listings.
FedUp

Frankfort, KY

#12 Oct 23, 2013
She works for state government, in fact, works for the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. How is it that a STATE EMPLOYEE is able to file a case, collect $5000, and cause the shut down of a theater? BS is what this is.
Too bad

Finchville, KY

#13 Oct 23, 2013
Tap That wrote:
You guys do realize that this just accererates the pace at which one of the major movie chains is going to start eyeing the new Parkside shopping center over where TJ Maxx is, right? Nowawdays, those cookie cutter shpping centers are designed with a theater already in mind. It's a natural fit. They were probably coming even if Chakerers didn't close.
Watch your local listings.
Not going to happen.
ugh

Frankfort, KY

#14 Oct 23, 2013
Tap That wrote:
You guys do realize that this just accererates the pace at which one of the major movie chains is going to start eyeing the new Parkside shopping center over where TJ Maxx is, right? Nowawdays, those cookie cutter shpping centers are designed with a theater already in mind. It's a natural fit. They were probably coming even if Chakerers didn't close.

Watch your local listings.
Yay! Now we can pay 12 bucks a head to watch a movie. How exciting!
Tap That

Frankfort, KY

#15 Oct 23, 2013
Too bad wrote:
<quoted text>
Not going to happen.
So Shelbyville got a new theather out all by itself with no new shopping center bout 5 years ago, but Frankfort, with the new cookie cutter plan shopping center that they build all around the country with a theater in mind, and you say no way?

Huh.

They also said that about TJ Maxx way back in the days. As for the price, I didn't say yay or nay, I just said one is coming, one way or the other. Mark my words. I'm bumping this old thread back up when it hits the paper sometime next year and I'm quoting you, Too Bad, when I do it.
4shame

United States

#16 Oct 23, 2013
And what of the employees who will now have to search for a new job with the theaters closing. Ms. Dowd should donate her ill gotten money to the real people she has put out of work. Shame.
Too bad

Finchville, KY

#17 Oct 23, 2013
Tap That wrote:
<quoted text>
So Shelbyville got a new theather out all by itself with no new shopping center bout 5 years ago, but Frankfort, with the new cookie cutter plan shopping center that they build all around the country with a theater in mind, and you say no way?
Huh.
They also said that about TJ Maxx way back in the days. As for the price, I didn't say yay or nay, I just said one is coming, one way or the other. Mark my words. I'm bumping this old thread back up when it hits the paper sometime next year and I'm quoting you, Too Bad, when I do it.
Not going to happen.
joe

Frankfort, KY

#18 Oct 23, 2013
You people that are blaming this lady for the theater shutting down!!! If they can't afford 5000 dollars then they don't need to be in business. Deaf people have every right to go to the movies just like everyone else. Thank about it for a min. if you were in a accident and could no longer hear wouldn't you like to still be able to see movies with your friends or family. That place has been a dump for years and it is time to get a new one, as far as the price if you don't like it go to discount night. Everyone wants to blame the deaf lady for closing the place and that's what the movie theater wants you to do. Have you all not been watching the news all movies are going digital and theaters are havering to buy brand new 50,000 dollar projectors. Now it sounds like to me the theater does not want to spend the 300,000 it would cost for them to have six new projectors which would have to be in place jan 1 .If you want to blame someone blame the theater for not updating with the times.
Film at 11

Finchville, KY

#19 Oct 23, 2013
Read Peter's post.
Tap That

Frankfort, KY

#20 Oct 23, 2013
joe wrote:
You people that are blaming this lady for the theater shutting down!!! If they can't afford 5000 dollars then they don't need to be in business. Deaf people have every right to go to the movies just like everyone else. Thank about it for a min. if you were in a accident and could no longer hear wouldn't you like to still be able to see movies with your friends or family. That place has been a dump for years and it is time to get a new one, as far as the price if you don't like it go to discount night. Everyone wants to blame the deaf lady for closing the place and that's what the movie theater wants you to do. Have you all not been watching the news all movies are going digital and theaters are havering to buy brand new 50,000 dollar projectors. Now it sounds like to me the theater does not want to spend the 300,000 it would cost for them to have six new projectors which would have to be in place jan 1 .If you want to blame someone blame the theater for not updating with the times.
I think the point everyone is mad at is, "Why sue?" Write the corporation, lodge a complaint, give 'em a chance. And then she would've found out, "Hey, we're closing anyway at the beginning of the year." That's why people are saying words like "greedy".

I think this news hit,a nd then they said, "Hey, we might as well just go ahead and annouce that we we're already plan on closing due to the coming mandates."

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