Why do the
newer multiplex theaters have relatively small auditoriums?
The Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) of 1990 requires that theaters with more than
300 seats provide wheelchair access to all the seats.
Providing such access requires about one-third more
space for the necessary ramps--space that cannot be
filled with revenue-generating seats. To save themselves
this expense, theater owners usually do not build auditoriums
that have more than 300 seats.