Address

960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590

Phone Number

(516) 247 - 5300

Date Visited

08/13/2014

Website

Link to Website

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Description

The NYCB Theatre at Westbury is located at 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, Long Island.

The many handicapped parking spaces in the large, paved, parking lot are in the row closest to the main entrance.

Several sets of double doors are at street level.

There is no seating in the lobby.  Some benches are just outside the main entrance.

A slight incline gets one from the lobby to the theater seats.  There is a sharp incline to get to the ""up close and personal"" seats.

Seating in the mezzanine area requires going up steps.

Wheelchairs are accommodated in the rear.

A variety of food and drink is available in the lobby.

There are two sets of restrooms.  Non-handicapped accessible restrooms are located just off the lobby.  Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located next to (for women) and in (for men) the VIP Lounge.  The Lounge is located down the hallway past the non-handicapped accessible restrooms.

Checklist

    Location of handicapped spaces:  closest to main entrance
    Surface of lot:  paved
    Distance to venue:  very close
    Terrain:  flat
    Places to rest:  nches outside of entrance
    Paths and walkways:  paved
    Location of handicapped entrance:  *street level at main entranc
    Doors:  several sets of double doors
    Elevators:  none
    Ramps:  **to seats
    Steps and staircases:  up to mezzanine seating
    Width of aisles:  adequate
    Places to sit:  no seats in lobby
    Location of restrooms:  ***
    Type of restroom:  both non-handicapped and multi-stall, handicapped accessible
    Ease of entry and exit:  easy
    Available food services:  draink and snacks in lobby
    Friendliness of staff:  very pleasant
    Notes:  *double door main entrance has special line for wheelchair patrons You can ask if you would like a wheelchair to get from lobby to your seat.** Ramps get one to all seats except for mezzanine. Note that incline is steep to get to closest seats to stage.*** Non-handicapped restrooms are located just off the lobby. Multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms are located next to (for women) and in (for men) the VIP Lounge.

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The NYCB Theater at Westbury began life as the Westbury Music Fair.  If you are of a certain age and live on Long Island you probably still call it that.


An institution on Long Island since 1956, the Music Fair is still going strong.  What began as a blue striped tent in an abandoned gravel pit was renovated and turned into a permanent structure in 1965.  The King and I was one  of the first productions in 1956.  Jack Benny and Special Guest Star Wayne Newton was the first act in the renovated theater.  Seating in the round with a revolving stage seems to give everything a more intimate feeling.


Directly in front of the building is a parking lot with an entire row of designated handicapped spaces. 


Double doors open into the lobby, with a special line for wheelchair patrons.


The lobby is a bustling place before show time.  A bar with snacks and drinks is centrally located here. There is no seating in the lobby.  Since we were there on a lovely evening we saw many people sitting on benches just outside the main entrance.  One suggestion, if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, get there early.  We arrived at  7:30 for an 8:00 pm performance and were in the thick of it.


Access to the seating area does not require any steps.  Ramps do it all, unless you are seated in the mezzanine, which requires steps to get to your seat. Wheelchair and companion seating are at the rear.  If you are walking to your seat, note that there is a sharp incline in the ramp to get to the “”up close and personal”” seats.


If you would like a wheelchair to get from the lobby to your seat that can be arranged as well; just ask! (website)


The Theater has two sets of restrooms, with the multi-stall, handicapped accessible restrooms next to (for women) and in (for men)  the VIP Lounge.  To get to them, walk to the back of the lobby and keep going past the non-handicapped restrooms that you will see first.


We spent two hours laughing at Jeff Dunham, ventriloquist and comedian.  Being up close and personal in our second row seats, we could see everything.  Because the stage rotates, we saw the back and front.  We now know how the puppets are operated!  Video screens allowed us to see what was happening when his back was toward us.  We had a lot of fun.  Plus, it was nice for us to go to a theater close to home.


As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.theatreatwestbury.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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