Palace Theater, Stamford, Connecticut - read more
Jon Stewart is leaving ""The Daily Show,"" a show I love. Trevor Noah, unknown to me, is replacing him. I saw an ad for Trevor Noah performing at The Palace Theater in Stamford, Connecticut and knew I had to go. Happily, my husband was onboard with this idea so I purchased tickets.
We headed to Stamford on a Friday evening in July. We knew that there would be traffic and we were correct. Two hours to reach Stamford!
We were able to park in a garage right across the street from the theater for a very reasonable price. Metered parking is available on the street if you can find a spot and if the timing is right. We parked, and headed across the street to have dinner at a restaurant just a few doors from the theater (see Fiesta restaurant entry).
The double-door main entrance to the theater is at street level. We had to pick up our tickets at the box office and so were directed back outside. The box office entrance is to the left of the main entrance. From the main entrance there are several steps, or a ramp, to the large lobby. Since it was early, we went inside to look around. We found the multi-stall restrooms, which have a well-equipped, handicapped-accessible stall (including an emergency pull-chord). Unfortunately, we did not find place to sit in the carpeted lobby.
As we were waiting for the theater to open we conversed with a lovely woman (Ellen), who is the house manager. I told her about Destination:Accessible and she offered to show us around. We had a personal tour of the beautiful 1927 building, which was renovated and restored in 1983. The lobby and orchestra level were redone again in 2003.
The orchestra level of the theater is easy to enter, either up six steps or via a ramp. Once inside it is spacious to maneuver, the aisles are wide. There is wheelchair and companion seating at the back and several side locations as well (see the theater's website for specific seat numbers).
A large, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restroom (with emergency pull-chord) is located though a door at the back, left side of the orchestra. If needed, one can enter or exit the theater directly from/to the street via a ramp and door near this restroom. Ellen described how this entry is used to make it easy for groups of wheelchair users. How lovely!
Although there is an elevator to the second floor (balcony seats), these seats are not nearly as easy to get to, and the steps to each row are quite steep. The first three rows up here have handrails. If you have seats in rows D - J the only handrails are on the far left and far right of the entire seating area. Seats in rows L and beyond do not have any handrails. Take note that the steep steps make for great views of the stage below. Our seats were up here and the view was excellent, but I needed help from my better half to reach them.
Multi-stall, handicapped - accessible restrooms are located on this level.
Ellen was quite gracious in pointing everything out to us. We were fortunate to have her show us around. Thank you Ellen !
We suggest that you call the box office when ordering tickets and advise them of any special needs. My personal experience with the box office was terrific. The person who helped me was knowledgeable, pleasant and helpful.
All in all we had a great night. We look forward to seeing Trevor Noah on Comedy Central. We also look forward to returning for a future performance.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue's website, www.palacestamford.org, when planning a visit, to ""know bre you go.""