Accessibility

The Michigan Theater and State Theatre are committed to making our programming and building accessible and welcoming to everyone. Feel free to contact the box office or Director of Operations with any questions by telephoning 734-668-8397 or e-mailing boxoffice@michtheater.org.

Available Assistive Devices and Technology

For patrons with hearing aids equipped with telecoils, hearing loops are installed in the Michigan Theater’s Main Auditorium and Screening Room and in all four theaters at the State Theatre. When in these spaces, please set your device to Telecoil or “T.”

Assistive radio frequency (R.F.) listening devices are available from the Michigan Theater’s Guest Service desk beginning 30 minutes before all performances and screenings in the Main Auditorium. Anyone with or without a hearing aid or cochlear implant may use the device from any seat in the Main. A major credit card or driver’s license is needed as a security deposit.

For films that include closed captioning, closed captioning devices (small, easy-to-read LED screens) are available. These devices can be used in the Michigan Theater’s historic Main Auditorium and Screening Room and  in all four theaters at the State Theatre.

Please note that not all films are equipped with closed captioning. We will include information on whether closed captioning is available on the film page.

When films that include descriptive audio, headphones are available. Currently, these devices can only be used in the Michigan Theater’s historic Main Auditorium.

Please note that not all films are equipped with descriptive audio. We will include information on whether descriptive audio is available on the film page.

Accessible Seating

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. All accessible seats are marked on the seating charts. 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.

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 but we cannot guarantee that your party will sit together.

The following sections in the Main Auditorium are always reserved for wheelchairs and scooters:

Main Floor Right Row AAA Seats 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12

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

Accessible seating spaces are also available in the Michigan Theater’s Screening Room and all four theaters at the State Theatre on a first-come, first-served basis.

Michigan Theater Foundation staff and volunteers are available at all 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.

If you have a hearing or visual impairment and need specific seating, need to order wheelchair accessible seats or transfer seats, please reach out to our box office team before the schedule screening or event at boxoffice@michtheater.org or 734-668-8397 ext. 21.

Elevator

An elevator is available at the State Theatre for anyone who needs assistance getting to the second and third floors. An up-escalator is also available between the second and third floors.

Due to the historic structure of the Michigan Theater, we are unfortunately unable to provide either elevator or escalator access to the Main Auditorium’s balcony.

Accessible 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.

Water Fountains

At the Michigan Theater, water fountains are available on the main floor near the restrooms. At the State Theatre, a water fountain is available on the second floor near the restrooms. Cups of water are also available at both theaters’ concessions upon request.

Handicap Accessible Restrooms

Handicap accessible restrooms are located in the Michigan Theater’s first floor restrooms and in the State’s second floor restrooms.