How hearing-friendly is your arts program?
You can start by watching this video and learning to Like the Mic. Use the microphone every time.
Then, here’s a checklist to help you be ADA-compliant and hearing-accessible.
Looking for a hearing-accessible theatre across the U.S.? Here are 180 of them (updated December 21, 2017).
Hearing-Accessible Events, Washington State
Seattle Children’s Theatre
- February 8 – March 4, 2018 – The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559
- March 22 – May 13, 2018 – Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
- April 12 – May 20, 2018 – The Lamp is the Moon
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)
Seattle’s ACT uses the Figaro MobiTxt in-seat captioning system. Fifty tablets are available for check-out from any staff member; if you reserve them in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org, they’ll be set up and ready to go at your seat when you arrive. You can use the MobiTxts from any seat on Tuesday and Friday night mainstage shows, plus Thursday and Saturday matinee shows.
Look for performances listed as “captioned” on the ACT website. Watch the instructional video with Josh Castille for more info.
Tickets are on sale for ACT’s 2018 season, which includes Ride the Cyclone, The Wolves, Until the Flood, Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Any More, Skylight, and Oslo.
The Taproot Theatre‘s Jewell Mainstage is looped.
Season subscriptions are now available for the 2018 season, which includes Camping with Henry and Tom, Crowns, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Sweet Land, and Baskerville.
Note: when you buy your tickets at Taproot, check this Taproot Seating Chart for Best Loop Performance to make sure you are seated in an area optimum for hearing clearly through the loop.
- January 24 – March 3, 2018 – Camping with Henry and Tom
Bellevue Youth Theatre
Bellevue Youth Theatre (BYT) now has a hearing loop.
Visit BYT for show details and ticket information. Performances generally happen in the spring of each year.
Stroum Jewish Community Center
This Mercer Island center has a unique loop in its retractable seats designed and installed by Spencer Norby. Stroum’s programs range from comedy and theater to movies and lectures. Everyone is welcome.
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040
Seattle Repertory Theatre
The Rep is now looped in both the Bagley Wright and Leo K Theatres. Check out their preview for their 2017-2018 season, which includes The Odyssey, Pride and Prejudice, Two Trains Running, and Macbeth.
The Rep also has open-captioned shows on the first Thursday evening of regularly scheduled shows in both the Bagley Wright and Leo K. Theatres.
- February 2 – March 4, 2018 – Ibsen in Chicago
- February 23 – March 18, 2018 – Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
- March 23 – April 22, 2018 – The Great Leap by Lauren Yee
- April 27 – May 20, 2018 – Familiar
Everett Performing Arts Center/Village Theatre
The Everett PAC is now looped! The loop should work in all performances.
- March 2 – 25, 2018 – The Gin Game
For more information:
2710 Wetmore Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Box Office: (425) 257-8600
Village Theatre, Issaquah
The Francis J. Gaudette Theatre has a hearing loop, and all Village Theatre Issaquah and Everett performances will be looped.
Village Theatre has announced its 2017-2018 season.
- January 18 – February 25, 2018 – The Gin Game
- March 15 – April 22, 2018 – String
- May 10 – July 1, 2018 – Hairspray
The Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor is looped.
- February 4 – March 6, 2018 – The Producers
- April 13 – 29, 2018 – Agatha Christie’s The Hollow
- June 1 – 24, 2018 – Roald Dahl’s Willie Wonka
- July 20 – 30, 2018 – Alice in Wonderland
Anacortes Community Theatre
Anacortes Community Theatre is looped.
- March 30 – April 28, 2018 – 9 to 5 The Musical
Call the box office for tickets (360-293-6829) or stop by.
Anacortes Community Theatre
918 M Avenue
Town Hall Seattle
Town Hall Seattle has loops in its Great Hall and Downstairs venues. Visit
www.townhallseattle.com for information and tickets. Most tickets are just $5.
This hearing accessibility is a fantastic gift to Seattle. A treasure trove of music, literary, civic, and entertainment events await everyone, regardless of their ability to hear.
Note: Town Hall Seattle closed while it undergoes building renovations until Fall 2018. Performances across the Seattle area are not generally looped at this time. After the remodel, we expect Town Hall to remain looped. We’ll keep you posted. –LLS
Open-Captioned Theatre Performances
5th Avenue Theatre
Open-captioned performance show times vary. Double-check your tickets.
- February 17, 2018, 8 pm – Mama Mia
- March 16, 2018, 8 pm – The Illustionists
- April 20, 2018, 8 pm – Kiss Me, Kate
- June 21, 2018, 7:30 pm – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Sennheiser Listening System headsets are available. Headsets are complimentary, but subject to availability. You may reserve a headset when you purchase your tickets. To reserve your headset, visit the Box Office, call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX (voice), or e-mail email@example.com.
The Hearing Loss Association of America–Washington (HLA-WA) has season tickets to open-captioned performances at the 5th Avenue. Download a request form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit The 5th Avenue Theatre for more information.
The Paramount Theatre
Most open-captioned performances are Sundays at 6:30 pm. Check your tickets.
- May 13, 6:30 pm – Love Never Dies
- June 10, 2018, 6:30 pm – Les Miserables
Accessible seats can be purchased in person, by phone, or online at The Paramount Theatre’s accessible ticket page. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge, first come, first serve. Visit The Friends of The Paramount booth, just inside the main lobby.
Visit Seattle Theatre Group for more information. The Hearing Loss Association of America–Washington (HLA-WA) has season tickets to open-captioned performances at the Paramount. Download a request form and send it to email@example.com.
Edmonds Center for the Arts
The Edmonds Center for the Arts offers several captioned performances in 2017-2018.
- March 29, 2018 – Quebe Sisters
- April 19, 2018 – Pink Martini
- May 19, 2018 – New York Voices
Ark Lodge Cinemas, Seattle
Ark Lodge Cinemas offers open-captioned movies, for select films, on Tuesdays, generally the first Tuesday following a Friday opening. Check the theatre for movies and times. Ark Lodge also tells us they have USL closed-caption devices available for all titles that support it, and then if CC is not available, it’s noted as soon as they’re aware. They offer the CC devices as display style (mounted on seats) or the glasses style (projects captions on the lens).
Ark Lodge Cinemas
4816 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle , WA 98118
Anacortes Cinemas offers open-captioned movies. Check with the theatre for movies and times.
415 O Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221
The Edmonds Theater
The Edmonds Theater shows open-captioned movies every Sunday–the first show, or generally the 3:30 show. Check the theater for times and confirmation.
The Edmonds Theater
415 Main Street
The Grand, Tacoma
The Grand offers subtitled movies, when available, on Wednesdays. Check with the theatre for movies and times.
The Grand Cinema Tacoma
606 S. Fawcett
Tacoma, WA 98402
Seattle Center Movies at the Mural
Enjoy captioned outdoor movies at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater in summer 2017.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers open-captioned performances via a tablet device at patrons’ seats. You must reserve these devices two weeks in advance. Please call the Box Office at 800-219-8161 or 541-482-4331, OTRS 711, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s website to purchase tickets and for further information.
Bellevue Arts Museum
The first Friday of each month, the Bellevue Arts Museum has free entry to its exhibits, along with a hearing accessible First Friday Talk in the looped auditorium.
Other BAM events are looped as well, so check their calendar regularly.
Meaningful Movies in Kirkland
Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland features a Meaningful Movie night every third Friday of the month at 7:00 PM. Screenings are looped, free, and open to the public.
For more information, visit Northlake UU Church’s website.
Seattle City Council chambers are looped. And the Bertha Knight Landes Room just received its loop in September 2017.
Check the City Hall website for information on city council and committee briefings and meetings. Do attend and make your voice heard, and be sure to thank them for their leadership.
The City of Bellevue’s City Council Chambers and Council Conference Board Room (1E-113) are looped. Check Bellevue’s webpage for information on council briefings and meetings. Read the City of Bellevue’s April 2016 memorandum announcing and detailing the new communication access.