The Capitol Theater of Babylon (originally opened in 1921), has been transformed and reopened as The Argyle, a “live theatrical venue… with highly experienced Broadway veterans coming on board to produce and direct… This single-theater space has orchestra and balcony seating, an orchestra pit, and state-of-the-art lighting, sound and rigging systems.” (website) Since it is an “equity” theater, we are the beneficiaries of professional performers from the Broadway stage. I was graciously invited to see just how lovely and accessible this theater is – and it surely is.
I was able to park in the small parking area adjacent to the building (two handicapped spaces). Besides this, there are several municipal lots close by. After 6:00 pm on Saturdays, I was told that parking is readily available across the street, behind the bank.
Street-level, double-doors, lead to the spacious, carpeted lobby. The box office is to the left, and two, single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms are to the right. Straight ahead is a drink/snack counter (alcoholic drinks are available). Beyond the snack bar is a lounge area with benches and a piano. With the theatre opening one hour before show time, patrons can sit, relax, have a drink and listen to some music. What a nice touch!
From the lobby it is easy to enter the orchestra level of the theater without any steps. The carpeting continues throughout. The aisles (no steps) are quite wide, with lighting along the side. The seats are amazing; extremely wide and upholstered; with high backs, cup holders and incredible space between rows. If someone has to enter or exit, no one who is seated has to stand up to let him/her pass. When was the last time you had a seat like that? Wheelchair and companion seating is available at the rear.
If you choose to sit in the balcony, know that the only way up is by a full set of stairs. Also know that once you get to that level, you will have to walk more steps to your seats. But, you do not need to go back down for a restroom or drink. Multi-stall restrooms, as well as a bar/lounge, are here for your convenience.
If you have questions or concerns about seating, or anything else, someone will be happy to help you. Just give them a call at (844) 631 – 5483.
The Argyle has been renovated in a manner that is easily accessible and quite comfortable for all. I cannot comment on the performance(s) because I have not been fortunate enough to see one yet. I am sure they are wonderful. Broadway quality without the traffic or parking issues, in a lovely setting. What more could we want? Hopefully, I will get there soon and be able to add that to our review.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.argyletheatre.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”