Wednesday, November 13, 2019

theatre upgrades | accessibility at PT!

NexGen Hearing representative Susan with our official hearing loop signage!

We're excited to announce two improvements to help make Pacific Theatre more accessible!
Our extremely generous sponsor, NexGen Hearing West Broadway is our partner in obtaining a hearing loop for the theatre.


What is a hearing loop?
A hearing loop system wirelessly transmits audio from the mixing console discreetly and conveniently to the recipient's hearing aids when the “T-Coil” function (found on most hearing aids or hearing aid remotes) are switched on.

How does it work?
A dedicated loop amplifier sends the audio signal into a very thin copper foil that has been invisibly installed under the seats in the auditorium. Anyone within the “looped” area can switch on their hearing aids to the “T-Coil” position to wirelessly receive a very clear and engaging signal directly to their earpiece.
If you don't use a hearing aid, a limited number of receiver units are available for you to borrow for the show!


We have also introduced relaxed performances – our first relaxed performance is our Christmas Carol matinee on December 8th at 2pm.

Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed sensory experience and casual environment, including (but not limited to) patrons with an Autism Spectrum condition, a sensory processing disorder, or a learning disability.
There is a more relaxed approach to noise and movement within the theatre space; some minor production changes may be made to reduce the intensity of light, sound and other effects which might be startling.

These shows are for anyone. Many other people may choose to attend a relaxed performance, either as an access requirement or because they like the inclusive environment.
And lastly, a reminder of our financially accessible dates: our previews are always pay-what-you-can, and Wednesday night performances are only $20!

Thank you for coming to Pacific Theatre and joining us in our commitment in bringing as many people as possible into this magical world.

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