How hearing-friendly is your arts program?

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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

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Both Seattle Children’s Theatre venues are looped.

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, 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.

ACT MobiTxt

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.

Taproot Theatre


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.


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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.

Stroum Jewish Community Center  logo-small

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 TheatrePrint

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.

Everett Performing Arts Center/Village Theatre

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

Village Theatre at Everett

The Gin Game

  •  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.

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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.

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

Anacortes Community Theatre
918 M Avenue
Anacortes, Washington

Town Hall Seattle

Town Hall Seattle has loops in its Great Hall and Downstairs venues. Visit 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. –LLSCheri at Town Hall

Open-Captioned Theatre Performances

5th Avenue Theatre

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

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
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 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

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

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. 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

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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