NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Movies can leave you with all kinds of different feelings — but itchy shouldn’t be one of them, according to one City Councilman.
It’s no secret that bed bug infestations are, unfortunately, a persistent issue at movie theaters throughout the five boroughs. But Councilman Mark Levine doesn’t believe enough is currently being done to prevent them.
“It’s one of the reasons I don’t go to the theater every now and then,” said one New York City resident.
That’s why, Levine has introduced legislation that would require theaters to certify, on an annual basis, that their seats have been inspected and deemed free of the bloodsucking pests.
“They can be everywhere,” said one woman, who was waiting outside an AMC Theater on Friday. “We don’t know if we sit on a chair and there’s a bed bug.”
If passed, the Department of Consumer Affairs would oversee the inspections.
Under the bill, if a theater does not certify that they’re free of bed bugs, they would have to pay a $1,000 fine.
Levine’s office told WCBS 880 that there has, so far, been no push back from theaters over the proposal, and that most theaters check once a year anyway.