Centre Theater is commited to making the performing arts accessible to all, and is channeling these efforts through its new Accessibility Initiative. Working with Elmwood Park Zoo — the first zoo in the world to be accredited by the IBCCES aa a Certified Autism Centre — the theater is taking its first steps toward becoming a completely inclusive facility. Starting with the construction of a Quiet Zone, and the creation of a Social Narrative and Accessibility Map, the theater is grateful for the Zoo's guidance as it makes its offerings as accessibile as posible. You can learn more about the specific projects in the Accessibility Initiative below
And you can support the theater's inclusivity efforts by donating today!
This pre-visit guide, or “Social Narrative”, is being created by the theater to help our sensory sensitive guests become familiar with the layout of the theater before their visits and to highlight any areas that may be noisy, bright or otherwise overwhelming. Once complete, the social narrative will be made available here on our Accessibility Page.
A place of reprieve for special-needs audience members who may find the sights and sounds of the theater at times overwhelming, the Quiet Zone provides features like fidget spinners, touch boards, squeeze stars, padded floors and walls, and more to help destress or regroup — while a low-volume TV will stream the performance so even if overwhelmed in the theater, audience members can still enjoy the show! Under construction now, the Quiet Zone will soon be directly accessible from the building's 4th floor theater.
The Accessibility Map is being created by the theater to familiarize guests with areas that may be noisy or bright, or areas with ramp or elevator access, to help them better navigate the facility while here. Once complete, the map will be made available here on our Accessibility Page, as well as onsite at the theater!
Centre Theater is proud to begin its transformation into a more inclusive facility. The theater’s upcoming Sensory-Friendly Performances and will debut the theater’s new accessibility resources for sensory-sensitive guests, including playbills noting potential stressors within the performances. To get your tickets to one of our Sensory Sensitive Performances, click the link below to visit our Upcoming Shows page.
Currently not an ADA requirement, adult-grade changing facilities can be a deciding factor for audience members with mobility and self-care disabilities who require caretakers to cut trips short or pass them over entirely. With your help however, the theater can provide this special-needs amenity and provide a resource that is so greatly needed, yet so frequently overlooked. Check back soon for a project update as Fundraising progresses.
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Centre Theater Operated by The Greater Norristown Society for the Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organziation