Available Assistive Devices and Technology
Assistive radio frequency (R.F.) listening devices are available from the guest service desk beginning 30 minutes before all performances and screenings in the historic main auditorium. 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.
When films are equipped with closed captioning, we offer closed captioning devices (small, easy-to-read LED screens) for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Captioning is currently available in the historic main auditorium, screening room, and at the State Theatre.
When films are equipped with audio description, headphones are available for patrons with visual impairment. (Please note that not all films are equipped with descriptive audio.)
Currently only available in the Michigan Theater Main Auditorium.
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, without guarantee you will all be together.
The following section is 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
Main Floor Center Section Row AAA Seats 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, and 110.
Space is also available in the screening room and all four theaters at the State on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
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. 21.
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.
There are unfortunately no elevators or lifts to the balcony of the Michigan Theater due to the historic structure of the building.
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 are available on the main floor of the Michigan Theater and the second floor of the State Theatre, near the restrooms with ADA approved height restrictions. Cups of water are available upon request.
Visitors with mobility impairments have access to wheelchair/powerchair accessible restrooms, located on the first floor of the Michigan Theater and the second floor of the State Theatre.