How hearing-friendly is your venue, program, or space?

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First, learn to Like the Mic. Use the microphone every time.

Then, here’s a guide to help you ensure your venue or space is ADA-compliant and hearing-accessible.

If you’re planning a meeting, this article can help you make it hearing-friendly. In addition to using an assistitve listening system, we encourage you to consider using CART (live captions) to provide a visual representation of spoken words.

Looking for a hearing-accessible theatre or live venue space across the U.S.? Here’s a list  (223 places!) updated February 28, 2019. Jerry Bergman, Get in the Hearing Loop National Campaign task force member, regularly ensures this list is accurate and up to date.

Hearing-Accessible Events, Washington State

Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center

The new FWPAEC is looped. Watch a video about the loop (with an interview from our founder, Cheri Perazzoli), and check here and FWPAEC’s website regularly for looped events in rock, pop, ballet, modern dance, comedy, and more.fwpaec to delete


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Both Seattle Children’s Theatre venues are looped.

Seattle Children’s Theatre has announced their 2019-2020 season, which includes Black Beauty, Courduroy, and Snow White.


September 26 – October 27, 2019 – Black Beauty

November 21 – December 29, 2019 – Corduroy



A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)

ACT logoSeattle’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 service@actttheatre.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. Make sure the performance will be captioned when you buy your tickets.

Look for performances listed as “captioned” on the ACT website. Watch the instructional video with Josh Castille for more info.

ACT MobiTxt

Tickets are on sale for ACT’s 2019 season, which includes Romeo + Juliet, Pass Over, the Year of Magical Thinking, and Dracula.

Seattle Opera, McCaw Hall

All opera performances in Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle are captioned, and an infrared assistive listening sytstem is available.

ALDs are available just inside the ticket control area at the north end of the building near coat check.

Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall

Pacific Northwest Ballet has an infrared assistive listening system and sometimes offers captions in Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, McCaw Hall, Seattle.

ALDs are available just inside the ticket control area at the north end of the building near coat check.


Taproot Theatre


The Taproot Theatre‘s Jewell Mainstage is looped.

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.

December 1, 2018, update: The Taproot is troubleshooting problems with their loop. They’re hard at work to improve the sound and reduce feedback. We’ll update you when we know more.

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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; tickets are $10-15.


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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

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The Rep is now looped in both the Bagley Wright and Leo K Theatres. Check out their preview for the 2019-2020 season, which includes As You Like It, Indecent, True West, and Lydia and the Troll.

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. Check their website for final dates.

May 17 – June 23, 2019 – Tiny Beautiful Things 

September 6 – September 8, 2019 – As You Like It

September 20 – October 26, 2019 – Indecent

October 11 – November 17, 2019 – The Great Moment

Everett Performing Arts Center/Village Theatre

The Everett PAC is now looped! The loop should work in all performances.

Village Theatre at Everett

For more information
2710 Wetmore Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Box Office: (425) 257-8600

June 16, 2019, 3pm – Everett Chorale’s “Will Sing For Food: Concert for the Hungry and Homeless”

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 2018-2019 season, which includes Million Dollar Quartet, I Do! I Do!, and The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes.

May 9 – June 23, 2019 – Million Dollar Quartet

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The Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor is looped.

June 7 – June 23, 2019 – Incorruptible 

Anacortes Community Theatre

Anacortes Community Theatre is looped.

Call the box office for tickets (360-293-6829), stop by the theatre, or buy online.

Anacortes Community Theatre
918 M Avenue
Anacortes, Washington

May 31 – June 30 – James and the Giant Peach


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 March 2019. Performances across the Seattle area are not generally looped at this time. After the remodel, Town Hall plans to be looped. To donate to the hearing loop (and have your contribution matched!), click here. We’ll keep you posted. –LLS

Cheri at Town Hall

The Driftwood Players (Edmonds)

The Driftwood Players installed a loop in December 2017.

Tickets are now on sale for their 2018-2019 season, which includes Something’s Afoot, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Addams Family.

June 14 – 30, 2019 – Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily


Open-Captioned Theatre Performances

5th Avenue Theatre

Open-captioned performance show times vary. Double-check your tickets.

For their 2018-2019 season, the 5th Avenue is combining ASL and open-captioned shows.

  • June 15, 2019, 8:00 pm – West Side Story (not interpreted)
  • June 23, 2019, 1:30 pm – West Side Story
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 ticketing@5thavenue.org.
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 loopseattle@gmail.com. Visit The 5th Avenue Theatre for more information.

The Paramount Theatre

Most open-captioned performances are Sundays at 6:30 pm. Check your tickets.

  • June 16, 2019 6:30 pm – Wicked  
  • August 4, 2019, 6:30 pm – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

Accessible seats can be purchased in person, by phone, or online at The Paramount Theatre’s accessible ticket page. Sennheiser infrared listening devices are available free, first come, first served. 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 loopseattle@gmail.com.

Edmonds Center for the Arts

The Edmonds Center for the Arts sometimes offers CART performances and uses an IR assistive listening system.  Reserve an iPad to view captions. Check out an IR headset at the Box Office.

Open-captioned movies

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
(206) 721-3156

Anacortes Cinemas

Anacortes Cinemas offers open-captioned movies. Check with the theatre for movies and times.

Anacortes Cinemas
415 O Avenue
Anacortes, WA  98221
(360) 293-7000

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
Edmonds, WA
(425) 672-9366

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, plus an FM assistive listening system. Please call the Box Office at 800-219-8161 or 541-482-4331, OTRS 711, or email to boxoffice@osfashland.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.

Civic Meetings


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.


  1. VeganDee says:

    Way to go, Seattle!

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