Michael1015Q. I like movies, but a recent experience at a theater in New Jersey has left me upset. As a paraplegic and wheelchair user, I enjoy the mandated seating for wheelchair users in entertainment venues and have spent hundreds of dollars to watch movies on the big screen. I can transfer to a fixed seat, but prefer to remain seated in my wheelchair.

The release of the latest
Jurassic Park movie was shaping up to be exciting, and being able to attend the first showing on the opening day along with other fans promised to make it even better. My problems started when I tried to buy a ticket online — I found that tickets for accessible seating were only available at the theater. When I arrived, a sign stated that tickets were sold out. From past visits, I know that there are about six vacant spaces in scattered locations throughout that theater where wheelchairs can be parked; I doubted that six other people using wheelchairs had arrived before me. I asked if someone could check to see if there were any empty spaces left, and the usher said several of those spaces were still vacant.

At that point I figured it was a simple matter of paying for my ticket and heading inside. Unfortunately, the computerized ticketing system had registered that the theater