While we were visiting the Guild Hall Museum we had the opportunity to view the John Drew Theater, which shares space in the building.
After entering the marble lobby the theater entrance is straight ahead. Entering the theater puts you are at the back of the" house. " This is the only level that is wheelchair accessible, with a number of “boxes” that have chairs that can be moved. All other seating requires walking down three steps to the wide aisle. Handrails are on both sides of the steps. The gentleman who accompanied us assured me that if one needs special seating, or any other help, one has only to call the box office.
It is a beautiful theater that “…enchants audiences with its octagonal shape and blue and white striped tent-like ceiling that sweeps up to a chandelier of glass balloons.” (website) It was recently renovated but, “…retains its original 1931 charm.” (website). We were certainly charmed by it! We discovered that the theater was named and dedicated to John Drew, who had a summer home in East Hampton.
If you are attending a matinee, check to see if there is an exhibit in the galleries and make some time to visit. You probably won’t be disappointed.
One handicapped parking space is directly in front of the street-level, double door entrance. Two more handicapped spaces can be found on the side street to the left of the building. Beyond that, passengers can be dropped off and have a seat on one of the benches in front of the entrance while you look for a place to park. Brick, and then stone, are underfoot from the street to the entranceway. The spacious, marble lobby does not have any seating.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms, with baby-changing stations are located in a hallway next to the gallery on the left.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.guildhall.org/theater , when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”