We are always striving to provide the best facilities for our customers that require assistance.
Getting to the theatre
Drop-off points are on Inge Street (next to the National Trust Back to Backs), entering the theatre through the main front doors on Hurst Street or Thorp Street, entering through our Thorp Street reception through to the main foyers.
The best approach to the theatre is on Hurst Street, with bus and rail stations less than half a mile away. Limited disabled parking is available on Hurst Street and Thorp Street. The Arcadian Centre Car Park has specially allocated bays with easy access to street level and only about 150 yds to our entrance. Wheelchair users and patrons with impaired mobility may prefer to use Thorp Street car park directly opposite our stage door which provide the easiest access to the theatre.
Inside the theatre
To gain entry to the theatre (Main Entrance, Hurst St), there are automatic doors with a push button on the right, leading to either 6 steps or a ramp into the main foyer area. If you’re looking for our Patrick Studio, this is easily accessible from our Thorp St entrance or from Level 3 inside the theatre.
Automatic doors and lifts are available for wheelchair users and we have wheelchair positions both in our main auditorium and Patrick Studio – which can be booked by calling us or in person at the box office.
We have accessible unisex and ambulant disabled toilets on all levels, plus low-level counter service. Circle Restaurant is also fully accessible.
Babies and Children
Buggies and pushchairs: These may be placed on the Stalls Foyer, behind the Front of House lift. Alternatively please collapse them and leave them in the cloakroom (main entrance foyer). All items are left at the owner’s risk.
Booster cushions: These are available for use inside the auditorium and can be collected from the cloakroom which is on the left hand side when entering the main entrance (Hurst Street). There is no charge for the booster seat. We ask you to leave them in the auditorium or to return to the cloakroom.
Baby Changing facilities are situated next to the accessible toilets on the Front Circle Foyer (Level 2 in the lift) and Stalls Foyer (Level 1 in lift).
Ear Defenders are available and can be collected from the Duty Managers office.
Assistance dogs are welcome to go into the auditorium with you, however some performances have special effects eg: gun shots, smoke, haze. If you require a member of the Front of House team to look after your dog please register this when booking your tickets. Our trained Front of House team will toilet your dogs should you require. We do have wheelchair lounges that some audience members find useful for their dogs as there is more space for them to stretch out. Please ask for more details when booking.
We now have an Oxford Advance folding lift which will allow us to better cater for visitors with limited mobility during their trip to Birmingham Hippodrome. Our mobile hoist should be booked in advance and can be used during your visit to see a show, take part in a workshop, during a festival or on an open day.
The hoist is located in our first aid room, which is directly next door to an accessible toilet. Slings are also available in sizes S, M, L, or users can provide their own sling. There is also a user guide in the first aid room to assist visitors in the use of the hoist, if it is a model you are unfamiliar with.
Our hoist has generously been supported by two of our regular Birmingham Hippodrome donors and supporters.
To reserve the mobile hoist, contact the Access phone line on 0121 689 1060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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