Town Hall Seattle is committed to accessibility for audiences and artists alike. From our ticketing policies to the capacities of our physical space, our goal is for Town Hall to be a place where everyone can take part, be inspired, and use their voice to shape our future.
In 2019, Town Hall Seattle completed a $35 million renovation, providing an even more accessible home for our city’s conversations and creativity. Core accessibility features of the renovation include:
- At-grade entrances (8th Ave Entrance to The Lobby, and West Entrance facing Downtown Seattle)
- Restrooms for all genders and bodies. Our building features 17 all-gender restrooms on our lobby level, as well as ADA-accessible restrooms on the lobby and Forum level
- Church pew/bench seats with wheelchair and companion seating in The Great Hall, and variable/movable seating in The Wyncote NW Forum and The Mehdi Reading Room
- A modern, spacious elevator serving all three levels of the building and a wheelchair lift for speaker access to the Forum green room
- Wheelchair ramp leading to the Forum Stage and wheelchair access via the elevator to the Great Hall stage
- Accessible backstage areas, restrooms, and green rooms serviced by an elevator
- Speaker and presenter seating for all bodies and abilities
- A Hearing Loop system in all three performance spaces. Using T-Coil (wireless receiver) technology, the hearing loop system projects voices and sounds directly from the microphone into an individual’s hearing aid.
- Braille on permanent room signage throughout the building
A Note on Transportation and Parking
Town Hall Seattle does not have a designated parking lot. Our venue is served by frequent bus routes, is near access to light rail stations, and close to a number of parking options nearby – including discounted, ADA parking at LAZ Parking (6th Ave Hilton Garage). Learn more about parking options and discounted parking nearby here.
Program Accessibility & Livestreaming
Town Hall strives to ensure that all audience members can participate fully in our programs. We make every effort to provide real-time captioning (CART), ASL interpretation, translation and transcription services, and seating accommodations upon request.
Town Hall currently provides livestreaming for select events. An event may be livestreamed under any of the following circumstances:
- In-person tickets to the event are sold out or anticipated to sell out
- Livestreaming is requested by a speaker or co-presenting partner
- Livestreaming is requested by a ticket buyer
- The event topic is relevant to disability or disability justice
Audio and/or video recordings of most Town Hall-produced programs are available to the public approximately 2 weeks after the initial event date. You can find Town Hall’s digital content by visiting the Audio & Video Archive, and by subscribing to our podcasts and YouTube channel.
We do our best to honor livestream requests, pending staffing and permission from speakers and publishers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request accessibility services, ask questions, or to let us know what other accommodation you need to participate fully. Please provide at least 2 weeks’ advance notice when requesting CART and Livestreaming, and at least 4 weeks’ notice when requesting ASL.
For more information about our entrances, accessibility requests, and more, check out our Plan Your Visit page.
Town Hall strives to ensure that the cost of admission is never a barrier to participation. Almost all Town Hall-produced events are available on a sliding scale starting at $5, and many events are free. To break down further barriers to access, our 22 & Under initiative launched in 2019 with support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, making all Town Hall-produced programs free for everyone ages 22 and under.
If the ticket price to a Town Hall-produced program poses a barrier for you, please contact email@example.com for economic accommodations.
Economic Access for Rental Partners: We operate our stages with the same deep commitment to economic accessibility; our performance spaces are the most affordable in the region among similarly sized venues. We underwrite rental rates and related services for other small and midsized nonprofits and mission-aligned producers to help level the cultural playing field and ensure that everyone can afford to take the stage.
Note: Town Hall does not dictate ticket prices for organizations renting our stages. Our ticketing structure and free youth tickets do not extend to programs produced by rental partners. To identify rental events, look for the gray “Rental Partner” label on our website and printed calendar.
Town Hall values active collaboration with our community, and our commitment to accessibility is no different. We invite you to contact us with feedback and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.