Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Accessibility


The Kimmel Center Box Office has a window that is fully accessible.
Seating
Wheelchair-accessible seat locations are available throughout Perelman Theater, Verizon Hall, the Academy of Music, and select locations in the Merriam Theater. Accessible seats may be purchased online or please call 215-893-1999 for location and availability for specific venues and events.

American Sign Language Interpretation (ASL)
American sign language interpretation (ASL) is available at select Broadway Philadelphia performances. ASL allows deaf performing arts patrons to understand and enjoy the performance by having all the spoken and sung lyrics translated into sign language. The interpreters are located on the side of the Parquet section and are visible to all patrons seated near them, providing a seamless viewing experience for those needing the service and a beautifully interpreted language for those interested in seeing the show performed through sign. Call 215-893-1999 for more information and ASL performance dates.

Audio Description (AD)
Audio Description (AD) is available at select Broadway Philadelphia performances. AD is live, verbal narration of the visual elements of theatrical performances for people with little to no vision. Patrons wear a small ear piece equipped with a receiver to hear narration of stage action, actorsí facial expressions, sets, costumes, lighting and props. The person narrating is called the audio describer and is trained to interject descriptive information between spoken lines. The describer also gives a detailed narration of sets, props, costumes and venue prior to the main performance during pre-show notes.

Assisted Listening
Assisted listening devices are available for Verizon Hall and the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, and Merriam Theater on a first come, first served basis. Please inquire with House Management upon your arrival.

Entrances
The Kimmel Center is wheelchair accessible from both its east (Broad Street) and north (Spruce Street) entrances. Entrances are at sidewalk level (no steps). Ramps and/or level floors enter every level of Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater. The Academy of Music is wheelchair accessible from the east lobby entrance on Broad Street. An accessible entrance on the south side of the building also allows for direct entry to the main lobby. The Merriam Theater is wheelchair accessible from the main entrance at 250 South Broad Street.

Elevators
Wheelchair-accessible elevators serve all levels of Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater, and are located on all lobby levels. Wheelchair-accessible elevators access all levels of the Academy of Music. Wheelchair-accessible elevators allow patrons access to wheelchair-accessible restrooms in the Merriam Theater.

Restrooms
ADA-compliant restrooms are available on all levels of the Kimmel Center, accessible to patrons of both Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater, as well as all ancillary spaces. ADA-compliant restrooms are available on the Canteen level of the Academy of Music. ADA-compliant restrooms are available on the Mezzanine level of the Merriam Theater.

Parking
A limited number of ADA-compliant parking spaces are now available in the basement-level parking garage of the Kimmel Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchair-accessible elevators are available in the parking garage.

Further information
Questions regarding accessibility at the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, and Merriam Theater should be sent via our website contact form. The Call Center TTY number is 215-875-7633.