Our accessibility audit team at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Accessibility in Theatre Venues

Phase 1

Realwheels invited Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture to team up to explore accessibility
in Vancouver theatre venues for artists, backstage workers, and patrons with disabilities.

During Phase 1 of our Cultural Infrastructure Project (2016 – 2017), we partnered with  Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) to conduct a Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces in the City of Vancouver, which included a review of leading practices and feedback from the broader community. We asked:  What is currently working well? What are the gaps and challenges in regards to accessible theatre venues?  We created an accessibility audit checklist, and our multi-disability audit team undertook a thorough audit of one theatre venue.

We invite you to read the final report, which includes the accessibility audit checklist, along with the details of our audit of the Firehall Arts Centre.


Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces


Phase 2

In October 2018, we completed the final phase of this Cultural Infrastructure Project. Working with DA Architects + Planners and DWD Theatre Design and Consulting, we conducted an Accessibility Audit of three existing theatres in the City of Vancouver (Pacific Theatre, BMO Theatre, and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre).  A detailed architectural solution was then designed for the Roundhouse.



This refined audit checklist was created to support theatre operators or users to conduct your own self-audit. We invite you to use it, share it and support efforts to reduce barriers to cultural accessibility! 

CLICK HERE to download

* If you require an alternative format for the report/ appendix and/or the audit tool, please contact info@realwheels.ca


We wish to thank the many individuals who participated in this project.

We gratefully acknowledge the funding support of:

City of Vancouver and Canada Council for the Arts logos in black and white.