Our ACCESS program is committed to accessibility for all audiences. Formerly Project D.A.T.E. (Direct Access Theatre Experience), this program began in 1980 with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Children of a Lesser God. We also offer a number of services to accommodate persons requiring mobility, vision, and hearing access.
For each production, one Saturday matinee has been designated as an ACCESS performance. These performances are designed for patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and/or have low vision. ACCESS performances at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre all offer American Sign Language interpretation and Audio Description. In addition, we are proud to offer Open Captioned performances at the Ahmanson thanks to a generous, anonymous Artistic Director’s Circle gift.
ACCESS performances are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Purchase ACCESS Tickets
Select an ACCESS service to browse and purchase available tickets:
For more information about ACCESS performances, contact Audience Development Manager Kiyomi Emi at 213.972.8035.
If you are interested in bringing a group to an ACCESS performance, contact Group Sales at 213.972.7231.
Vision and Hearing ACCESS Services
Binoculars, telephones, and assistive listening devices are available in the lobbies of all three theatres on a first come, first served basis. Service animals are welcome. Binocular rental is $5.00 at the Ahmanson. We ask patrons to leave a California Driver’s License as a deposit on all devices.
Contact Audience Services at 213.628.2772 to arrange for accommodations for persons in wheelchairs or persons with disabilities and their attendants or companions. If your wheelchair status changes after you have purchased your ticket, please contact Audience Services in advance of the show. Please try to arrive early if you need help with access. Patrons who need to use the platform lift at the Taper should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to curtain. Latecomers will be handled on an individual basis.
At the Ahmanson, areas for patrons in wheelchairs are available on all levels. At the Taper, wheelchair seating is accessible by means of a platform lift. Aisle seats may also be requested. At the Douglas, seating is accessible in both the main floor and gallery sections.
Fully accessible restrooms are located on each level of the Ahmanson, in the main lobby of the Taper, and in the main lobby of the Douglas. (To help ease lines during intermission, The Music Center Plaza has additional bathroom accommodations on the Grand Avenue side of the Plaza next to the Taper.)
For information about accessible public transportation, please contact the Access Services Ride Info Referral Line at 1.800.431.7882 or visit asila.org.
For information about supporting Center Theatre Group’s ACCESS performances and other special programs, please contact Major Gifts Officer Becky Birdsong at 213.972.7532.
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