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The Michigan Theater is committed to making its screenings, performances, and facility accessible to people with disabilities.


Patrons who cannot or do not wish to transfer from their wheelchairs to theater seats should request wheelchair seating locations when ordering tickets for events with reserved seating. If you have a hearing or visual impairment and need specific seating, to order wheelchair accessible seats, transfer seats or seats that are accessible by scooter, call the box office at 734-668-8397 ext. 27.  For general admission events, all seats are available on a first come, first served basis – with those in wheelchairs or scooters having the priority to accessible seats.

Michigan Theater staff and volunteers are available at performances and screenings to assist patrons with disabilities from the front of the building to their seats or wheelchair accessible locations. They are not able to assist patrons in transferring or to provide personal attendant services.

Hearing Impaired Guests

Assistive infa-red listening devices are available from the guest service desk beginning 30 minutes before all performances and screenings in the historic main auditorium and the screening room. Anyone with or without a hearing aid or cochlear implant may use the equipment from any seat in these venues. A major credit card or driver’s license is needed as a security deposit.

Visually Impaired Guests

Large print programs and a selection of film promotions are available in large print format at 20 point font for people with visual impairments.

Mobility Impaired Guests


Accessibility for Accessibility Parking

There is a drop-off area west of the main entrance on Liberty Street that coincides with a crosswalk ramp.  This is a great entrance to use to avoid stepping onto curbs. Several accessible parking spaces are located within a block’s radius on State St., Thompson St., E. Liberty St., and E. Washington St, as well as the Maynard parking structure.  Click here for a map of accessible parking in Ann Arbor.


Unfortunately there are no elevators or lifts to the balcony of the main theater due to the historic structure of the building.

Water Fountains

Water fountains are available on the main floor near the restrooms with ADA approved height restrictions.  Cups of water are available upon request.

Restroom Facilities

Visitors with mobility impairments have access to wheelchair/powerchair accessible restrooms, located on the first floor.

Wheelchair Accessible Entrances

All entrances to the building are accessible, with the exception of the north east exit into the loading alley off of E. Washington Street (the office entrance).

Wheelchair Seating

The wheelchair accessible sections allow for up to two companions per wheelchair. If your party consists of four or more people, the box office manager will seat your party as close together as possible, without guarantee you will all be together.

The following section is always reserved for wheelchairs and scooters:
Main Floor Right Section Row FFF Seats 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12

The following sections are alternately reserved for wheelchairs and scooters depending on needs of the technical portion of the performance:

Main Floor Left Section Row FFF Seats 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 13
Main Floor Center Section Row FFF Seats 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, and 110.

Wheelchair Loans

Wheelchairs are available for loan to allow people to go to and from their seats. No security deposit required.

Coming Soon

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Michigan Theater is looking to make updates to the theater to welcome all guests.

Contact the box office by telephoning 734-668-8397 or e-mailing for information.