Our Mission: One-of-a-Kind Collaborations

Did you know that The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre share an artistic collaboration unlike any other in the country? For the past seven years, our two cornerstones of Seattle’s cultural landscape have partnered to co-produce one musical each year, including First Date which went straight to Broadway. Continue reading “Our Mission: One-of-a-Kind Collaborations”

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 guestservices@5thavenue.org 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.

This Is 90: The 5th Commemorates the Anniversary of Our 1926 Opening

Compiled by JORDAN LUSINK, Communications Coordinator

THIS FALL, THE 5TH CELEBRATES ITS 90TH BIRTHDAY. Since the beautiful, historic theater opened in 1926, The 5th has reinvented itself several times, leading the nation today as a home for musical theater.

Our historic location was modeled after three of Imperial China’s most spectacular architectural achievements: the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heavenly Peace and the Summer Palace. Designed and built a year before Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, The 5th has been called “the largest and most authentic example of traditional Chinese timber architecture and decoration outside of Asia.” From the lotus blossoms and phoenixes to the dragons featured throughout the interior—most notably the Great Dragon in the dome of the theater—The 5th has been celebrated for its exquisite design and authenticity.

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The 5th Generates $27 Million a Year for the Local Economy

Originally published on Puget Sound Business Journal on September 7, 2016
By Patti Payne, Columnist at Puget Sound Business Journal

The 5th Avenue Theatre, one of the nation’s leading musical theater companies, has significant economic impact on the Seattle area. A numbers study done by the theater, in partnership with the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, indicates that The 5th infuses $27.3 million annually into the local economy.

For every dollar spent on tickets, an additional 73 cents is spent on a variety of goods and services in King County, amounting to $13.3 million in the 2015-16 season. Continue reading “The 5th Generates $27 Million a Year for the Local Economy”

Renovations are Underway!

The updates to our beautiful, historic theater have started.Some destruction has to happen in order to accommodate our brand new digital sound system, and our fearless leaders were only too happy to help it get started!
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