The Gallagher Bluedorn strives to provide all people access to the arts in a welcoming environment where each person has the accommodations they need to actively participate. Please review the information below to request services for an upcoming event.
Performances designated as ARTccessible at the Gallagher Bluedorn will offer American sign launguage interpretation and audio description, and will be identified by the three point mark. The three points of the symbol signify the three letter A’s of “Accommodations Make Access to Arts Possible”. We are looking forward to welcoming more patrons with our ARTccessible shows to create a space where everyone feels welcome and included.
Designated accessible parking is available in the parking lot north of the Gallagher Bluedorn. You are encouraged to come early as some spots fill quickly. We also offer valet parking as an option. Doors with a handicap access switch are located at all three main entrances of the Gallagher Bluedorn.
All entrances to the building are accessible and are free from stairs. Elevators operate between the Lobby, Mezzanine, and Gallery levels. A wheel chair lift is available providing access to the rear of the Orchestra on Level 1. Please ask the usher staff if you need assistance.
The Catherine Cassidy Gallagher Great Hall has wheelchair and scooter accessible locations where patrons can remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to theater seats. Patrons who cannot or do not wish to transfer from their wheelchairs to a theater seat should request wheelchair-accessible locations when ordering tickets.
Handicap accessible seating may be reserved by phone, in person, and online. Some of the accessible seating is near the stage and is available for people with disabilities not in a wheelchair. For personal assistance selecting accessible seats or for more information about accessibility for a person with a disability, please contact UNItix at (319) 273-4849 during their regular business hours.
All public restrooms inside include a handicap accessible stall. A companion care restroom is available, though located backstage. Please ask an usher to escort your family to this location. Overflow restrooms may not be easily accessible.
Patrons who are Blind or have Low Vision
All programs are now digital and are compatible with screen reader programs.
Audio description is available for select Gallagher Bluedorn events throughout the year. Using a venue provided wireless audio receiver and earpiece, patrons can listen to a trained audio describer as they give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. Audio describers start pre-show notes approximately 15 minutes before the performance begins.
Gallagher Bluedorn provides a headset for patrons who wish to listen to the description. Headsets are distributed free-of-charge from the Information Table located near the Grand Staircase in the Lobby. Please indicate your request for this service when you purchase your tickets by calling the UNItix Box Office at 319-273-4849.
Patrons who are Deaf or Have Hearing Loss: Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating ambient noise. A wireless assistive listening system is installed in the Gallagher Bluedorn and receivers with earpieces are available by request for use at any seat. Patrons may use their own headset or earpiece if desired. Receivers with induction neck loops are available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a “T” switch. Ask your audiologist whether your hearing aid or cochlear implant has a “T” switch (telecoil) and how to use it with an assistive listening headset.
Headsets are distributed free-of-charge from the information table located near the grand staircase in the lobby.
Sign Language Interpretation
The Gallagher Bluedorn offers sign language interpretation for select shows and upon request. If a show is not designated as accessible, requests for this service must be received at least two weeks prior to the event by emailing gbpac.com or calling 319-273-3668. These requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter and are provided free-of-charge.
During the Performance
For patrons needing a break from inside the hall during the performance, TV monitors are available in the lobby for viewing. Sensory-friendly, silent activity items are also available on each level of the Gallagher Bluedorn. Ask an usher and they will be happy to assist.