Accessibility at The 5th


Did you know that The 5th has sign language interpreted performances? How about Braille programs? Or large print programs, audio described performances, assistive listening devices, captioned performances, and wheelchair seats? All of these are true! At The 5th Avenue Theatre, we are committed to making our theater as accessible as possible for all of our guests. In pursuit of that goal, we are constantly expanding our offerings. Read below to find out more about each of these services, and to be directed to more information.

American Sign Language-Interpreted Performances

We have an ASL-interpreted performance for each production that we present, usually the last Sunday evening of the production run. Ticket prices for ASL performances vary based on seating location close to the ASL interpreters. Click here to find out more and learn how to purchase tickets.

Audio Described Performances

We also have an audio described performances for each production, usually the last Saturday matinee of the production run. Click here to find a schedule and learn more.

Open Captioning Performances

Our open captioned performances feature a text display located to one side of the stage on which dialogue and lyrics scroll in synchronicity with the actual performance. Click here to find a schedule and learn more.

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating is available on the orchestra level (main floor) of the auditorium. There are reserved areas for wheelchair seats, and if no wheelchair seats are available, you can contact our Guest Services team by phone or email and they will do everything they can to accommodate you during the performance of your choice. Click here to learn more.

Braille and Large Print Programs

Both Braille and large print programs are available, free of charge, from Coat Check. Guests may check these programs out with a valid ID, and we ask that they please be returned at the end of the performance. These programs are subject to availability.

Elevator Access Inside the Theater

If you are seated on the balcony level and stairs present a challenge, we can provide you with elevator assistance. However, please note that all seating in the balcony will involve negotiating some stairs. You can proceed directly to the lobby of the Skinner Building for elevator assistance, or you can request assistance when you arrive. Click here for more information about elevator access inside the theater and wheelchair-accessible parking nearby.

Click here, call 206-625-1900, or email to find out more about any of our accessibility offerings. We’d also love to hear from you if there is an accessibility service that you think our guests would benefit from which we do not currently offer.

2 comments on “Accessibility at The 5th”

  1. it would sure be nice if there was a better spot to drop off folks who have trouble walking at the theater. right now we have to block traffic if I want to bring my Dad to the theater.


    1. Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for the feedback. Long term, we’d love to have an option like this. Unfortunately, the historic status of our building prevents the addition of a drop-off curb at this time. There IS a drop-off area just around the corner, on the north side of the University/5th Avenue corner. We’ll certainly pass the suggestion along to the powers that be, though!



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