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Physical Accessibility

We at the Fringe are doing our best to become as accessible as possible to all audiences. While most Fringe Festival venues are fully wheelchair accessible, some shows are site-specific and wheelchair access may be limited in those venues. Please take a look at the information below for further details.

Granville Island: External Approach and Environment

The exterior of Granville Island is connected to accessible public transit. However, no buses go directly into Granville Island. The walkway to Granville Island from the bus stops can be a barrier to those with mobility issues as the paving is uneven. Patrons using wheelchairs are recommended to use either the HandyDart service or private transport.

While most venue doors do not have mechanical switches, all main entrances will be propped open prior to start of shows. However, patrons are expected to wait and line up outside prior to the theatre door opening times, which may cause difficulties in poor weather conditions.

Parking is available throughout Granville Island. Pay parking is in effect from 11am to 6pm, 7 days a week. Parking is free between 6pm to 11am. There are accessibility parking spots available throughout the Island so patrons with mobility concerns can park within a close distance to the venues. Given the hectic traffic during event periods on Granville Island, coupled with narrowed lanes, patrons may not be able to spend much time unloading in front of venues. It is recommended that patrons with accessibility needs arrive early to allow extra time for unloading and making their way to the venue.

General Theatre Environment

All performances are seated on a first come, first served basis. However, priority seating will be held at all venues, with the exception of Site-Specific venues. We ask that patrons with special seating needs to arrive early and identify themselves to a volunteer at our venues to receive priority seating.

Patrons with concerns are encouraged to contact us ahead of time at boxoffice@vancouverfringe.com so we can accommodate any needs you may have.

 

MAINSTAGE VENUES

Waterfront Theatre

There is an accessible parking spot right outside of Waterfront but there is a pole on the side which may prevent cars from opening their doors fully. The lobby, theatre, and washrooms are all wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible washroom stall in both the men and women’s washroom. Although the washrooms are designated to men/women, it is trans and non-binary inclusive. Patrons who do not want to use these washrooms can contact a Waterfront staff and be escorted across the street to Carousel Theatre and use their single stall washrooms.

The Nest (formerly Studio 1398)

This venue is located on the third floor of the Festival House. There is an elevator with a weight grade of 4000 lbs and a staircase with sturdy stair-rails capable of supporting weight. The Nest has an accessible parking spot right outside the venue but may be subject to the same parking issues as Waterfront. There is an accessible washroom stall in both the men and women’s washroom. Although the washrooms are designated to men/women, it is trans and non-binary inclusive.

Revue Stage

This venue is wheelchair accessible. There are no steps or ramps leading into the theatre. However, only the first row of seating is wheelchair accessible. General Granville Island parking and some accessible parking spots are available near this venue. There are two gender neutral washrooms, each with one wheelchair accessible stall.

Studio 16

This venue is wheelchair accessible. The are no steps or ramps from the entrance to inside the theatre.  Washrooms are located on the second floor. Elevators are available for use. There is an accessible washroom stall in both the men and women’s washroom. Although the washrooms are designated to men/women, it is trans and non-binary inclusive. There are no designated accessible parking spots near the venue but there is plenty of street parking available.

The Cultch Historic Theatre and The Culture Lab

All areas but the balcony are wheelchair accessible. You can purchase tickets at the lowered counter outside, then enter the main space via the wide automatic door. Once inside, there is a vestibule leading into the main open-concept lobby. Continuing on, you will find three washroom options: a fully wheelchair accessible single stall gender-neutral washroom, and two gendered washrooms each with a wheelchair accessible stall. The staff are friendly and able to assist in a variety of ways.

There is no designated wheelchair accessible parking, but there is street parking around the neighborhood. As well, there are two parking spots that can be used for drop off/pick up at the rear of the building. We suggest that people call the box office ahead of time at  604.251.1363 to reserve access to these spaces. There is wheelchair accessible transit within two blocks.

False Creek Gym

This venue is at the front (Cartwright Street) side of the False Creek Community Centre and is wheelchair accessible. Patrons will enter directly into the theatre and not through the Community Centre itself. Washrooms are inside the Community Centre, accessed by exiting the venue and going through the Community Centre entrance. There are two women’s washroom, two mens washroom, and one universal washroom on the ground floor. Although the washrooms are designated to men/women, it is trans and non-binary inclusive. Some of the washrooms do not have wheelchair accessible stalls so please check the signage by the doors. The universal washroom is wheelchair accessible. General Granville Island parking and some accessible parking spots are available near this venue.

Performance Works

The theatre in this venue is fully accessible, with no steps or ramps. The washrooms are accessible but the corridor to the men’s washroom is narrow. Both washrooms have a sharp turn and there are no mechanical switches to operate the washroom doors. The floor is made of concrete so it may be slippery when wet. Accessible parking is located right by the front door of this Venue.

 

BYOV VENUES

Firehall Arts Centre

This venue is a Heritage Building. There is a ramp leading to the Box Office at this venue. The Firehall Front of House staff will lead patrons with wheelchairs to a side entrance that bypasses the lobby and goes directly into the theatre. To access the bathrooms, a Front of House staff member will lead the patron through backstage. This may be a tight space depending on the size of the wheelchair. Unfortunately, once inside the theatre there is no way for a wheelchair to access the lobby or the bar. If the patron would like to purchase a beverage or snack, the Firehall Front of House staff will be happy to complete the transaction on the patrons’ behalf. There is plenty of street parking available in the surrounding area.

Havana Theatre

This venue has a wheelchair specific entrance with no ramps or steps. There are two turns at the entrance to the theatre (The hallway measures 60” / 152.5 cm across). The ground is flat leading to the washrooms but the corridor is slightly narrow. There is an accessible stall in both the men’s and women’s washroom. The women’s washroom is labelled as “Damas” while the men’s washroom is labelled as “Caballeros”. Although the washrooms are designated to men/women, it is trans and non-binary inclusive. Parking can be found on the nearby streets. There are no wheelchair specific parking spaces near the entrance to this venue.

Carousel Theatre

Chairs can be removed from the front row of this venue. We advise arriving early or contacting us beforehand to ensure appropriate arrangements can be made. The hallway to the theatre is a bit narrow and there may be a sharp turn for a large scooter to enter the theatre. However, the venue assures that they have not encountered any issues with this in the past. The bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Parking can be found anywhere on the Island.

Arts Umbrella

This venue is totally accessible. Larger scooters may have some difficulties maneuvering into the front door, but it generally does not pose a problem. The shows takes place on the ground floor of the building, with accessible washrooms close by. Parking is available anywhere on the island.

PAL Studio Theatre

This venue is located on the 8th floor. The venue is wheelchair accessible and there is an elevator available. The washrooms are located on the 8th floor. There are wheelchair accessible stalls in both the men and women’s washroom. There are no designated accessible parking spots near the venue. Street parking and parking garages are available at close proximity.

What Lab

This venue is located on a slope so access to the venue through the front door will be through a flight of stairs. Wheelchair access is through the backside of the building and directly into the theatre space. There is one single-stall, gender neutral washroom. The washroom is not completely wheelchair accessible as the doors open inwards. Patrons in wheelchairs may have slight difficulty maneuvering inside the washroom when the door is open.

Dockside Lounge

This venue is wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair accessible stall in both the men and women’s washroom.

SITE-SPECIFIC VENUES

Picnic Pavilion

This show is a roaming show that begins at the Picnic Pavilion and travels around Granville Island.

Sutcliffe Park

The Box Office of this show is located by the Picnic Pavilion. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Ron Basford Park

This park has hills but the show has wheelchair accessible seating options.

Old Bridge Indoor Parkade

This venue is wheelchair accessible. The path leading into the parkade may be narrow depending on the size of the wheelchair. Alternate access to the show is the main entrance used by cars.

Woodward’s Atrium

This venue is completely wheelchair accessible. Please enter from the Hastings Street entrance. Street parking and public parkades are available near the venue.

The WISE Hall

The venue is wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator available for use. Street parking is available near the venue.

PHILLIPS FRINGE BAR 

This space is entirely wheelchair accessible! There are no ramps, steps or uneven ground. There are wheelchair accessible port-a-potties in the space.

These units include inside handrails, lower toilet paper dispensers and door latches which are positioned for simplicity and ease of use. The unit is also slightly ramped to make entry as easy as possible for wheelchairs.

The units have the following specifications:

  • Door width: 31.7″ (830mm)
  • Door height: 80.8” (2054mm)
  • Seat height: 19″ (521mm)