Blackfriars Theatre Accessibility

Blackfriars Theatre

Blackfriars Theatre is a mid-sized professional theatre that has entertained audiences for 64 years in downtown Rochester, NY. Our mission is to enrich, entertain and inspire our community through exceptional theatrical arts while engaging local talent


795 E. Main St.

Rochester, NY 14605


Danny Hoskins

Accessible Approach/Entrance

  • Route of travel is slip resistant and at least 36” wide
  • Objects can be detected by person with visual disability using a cane
  • Curbs have curb cuts at drives, parking, and drop off
  • Slope of ramps is no greater than 1:12 – ramps no longer than 6”

Parking and Drop-Off Areas

  • 3 accessible parking spaces available with 2 of those spaces having an 8’ wide access aisle (hash-marked)
  • Outdoor parking lot so no need for vertical clearance for vans
  • Drop off location in lot (out of traffic) for paratransit user with accessible path to entrance
  • Accessible space is closest to accessible entrance on proper route
  • Accessible space marked with International Symbol of Accessibility


  • Main entrance door has at least 32” of clear opening with at least 18” of clear wall on the pull side of door next to handle
  • Threshold edge is accessible (1/4” high or less)
  • Door handle from parking lot no higher than 48” but is difficult to open with closed fist upon entry; however, there is a doorbell on the outside wall for assistance
  • Door handle to exit the lobby can be opened with closed fist
  • Door to theatre itself is always left open

Rooms and Spaces

  • Aisles and pathways to materials and services at least 36” wide
  • 5’ space for turning a wheelchair completely
  • Obstacles are cane-detectable in circulation paths through public areas

Seats, Tables, and Counters

  • Aisles between fixed seating at least 36” wide
  • 4 spaces for wheelchair seating where seating can be removed
    • 2 spaces near the center of the theatre
    • 2 spaces (one left side, one right side ) of the theatre
  • Companion seating available
  • 8 seats have no armrests
  • Accessible counters for tickets and concessions with a 36” wide section and area of free space in front of more than 30” x 48”
  • Items easily in reach on the counter (i.e. napkins, straws, etc.)
  • Water fountain spout not higher than 36” and can be operated independently with a closed fist
    • Clear knees space of 27” high x 30” wide x 17”-19” deep


No elevator - venue has only one level


  • Fully accessible restrooms with pictograms used to identify restrooms (includes braille)
  • Doorway to restroom is at least 32” clear with accessible handles (operable with a closed fist and less than 48” high)
  • Adequate maneuvering space for a person using a wheelchair (approximately 5’ diameter clear space to make turns)
  • 36” wide path to all fixtures
  • Single person restrooms with grab bars near toilet
  • Toilet seat 18” high
  • Faucet operable with closed fist
  • Soap dispenser no higher than 44”
  • Paper towel dispenser at 50”


Danny Hoskins: (585) 454-1260

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