George Eastman Museum (Dryden Theater): Accessibility


900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


Eliza Kozlowski

Accessible Approach/Entrance

  • North Lawn wheelchair accessible via the driveway
  • Route of travel does not require stairs, 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


  • Ramp available at the Eastman Museum Café entrance
  • No slope of ramp near the curb cut
  • Width between curbs at least 36”
  • West garden access: ramp has railings on both sides
  • For theatre access: no ramps as wheelchair locations are level

Parking and Drop-Off Areas

  • 5 accessible parking spaces available with 8’ wide access aisle—large enough to accommodate a van with lift needs
  • Outdoor parking lot so no issue with 98” of vertical clearance for vans
  • Accessible spaces are closest to accessible entrance on proper route
  • Location out of trafit for drop-off of paratransit users
  • Accessible space marked with International Symbol of Accessibility


  • Accessible entrance at the Eastman Museum Café (no stairs)
  • Entrance doors have at least 32” of clear opening
  • At least 18” of clear wall on the pull side of door
  • Threshold edge accessible (1/4” or less)
  • Door handle no higher than 48” and operable with closed fists (can be opened with 5 libs. or less pressure)
  • Secondary entrance has signs directing to accessible entrance

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
  • Wheelchair seating distributed throughout the theater
  • Companion seating available next to wheelchair seating
  • Counters for tickets and concessions available with a 36” wide section and free space in front of no less than 30” x 48”
  • Items like napkins, straws, etc. are handed out: not on counter
  • Water fountain spout at 34” height and can be operated independently (with a closed fist—clear space around fountain


  • Mansion elevator is staff operated - no elevator needed for Dryden Theatre


  • Accessible restrooms with pictograms used to identify restrooms (doesn’t include braille)
  • Doorway to restroom is at least 32” clear
  • Adequate maneuvering space for a person using a wheelchair
  • All restroom doors equipped with accessible handles (less than 48” high)—stall door operable with a closed fist
  • 36” wide path to all fixtures
  • Accessible stall with grab bars behind and on the side of wall nearest to the toilet
  • Toilet seat 17’-19’ high
  • Faucet operable with closed fist
  • Paper towel dispenser/hand dryer no higher than 48”


  • Eliza Kozlowski, (585) 327-4860

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