735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 251 - 6222
DescriptionThe PepsiCo Theater – Purchase Performing Arts Center, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. The large parking lot has 13 handicapped (van)- accessible spaces, a distance from the main entrance. Passengers can be dropped off at the entrance before parking.
Street level doors lead to a very large, carpeted lobby which accommodates all venues in the building. There is an abundance of chairs, tables and benches. The box office is to the right, the snack bar to the left. The multi-stall restrooms at the rear of the lobby have many stalls, several of which are handicapped-accessible – with sinks and baby-changing stations in them. There are forty steps (or elevator) to the second floor theater entrance.
One enters the theater from the rear. The two rows of handicapped-accessible seating are on this level. All other seating requires walking down five steps and them continuing down more steps depending on where you are seated. If steps are a problem be sure to contact the box office (914) 251 – 6222, regarding your tickets. Handrails help with the steps. All seats offer a good view of the stage.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 13
Location of handicapped spaces: first row of parking lot, closest to theater entrance
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: about 1/10 mile
Transportation to venue offered: passengers can be dropped off at entrance
Places to rest: lots of seating in large, carpeted lobby
Paths and walkways: concrete sidewalk
Location of handicapped entrance: main entrance
Doors: multi-sets of street-level, double doors
Number of floors: 2
Steps and staircases: 40 steps to theater entrance. Once inside theater back two rows are handicapped-accessible. Otherwise there are five steps down and then more steps depending on where your seat is
Width of aisles: wide,
Places to sit: seats are comfortable
Location of restrooms: located on main level, in rear of lobby
Type of restroom: multi-stall - many stalls, several handicapped-accessible stalls with sinks and baby-changing station
Ease of entry and exit: easy
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: snack bar in lobby
Friendliness of staff: very helpful
Notes: If steps are a problem, be sure to contact box office regarding seats.
A great jazz concert brought us to the PepsiCo Theater at SUNY Purchase. Parking was available in a large, paved parking lot with thirteen handicapped spaces. It was a bit of a walk from here to the theater entrance. If that is a problem, passengers can be dropped off directly in front of the street-level, multi-door, entrance.
Once inside we were greeted by a huge, brightly carpeted lobby with many tables, chairs and benches. The box office is to the right and a snack bar to the left. I was amazed at the size of the lobby until I found out that this lobby serves four performance spaces. As a lovely added attraction, live music was being performed at the rear, near the staircases and elevators. There was seating here, so one can sit and relax while waiting for his/her theater to open. The very large, multi-stall restrooms are located in this area as well. Each has several handicapped-accessible stalls, with sinks and baby-changing stations in them.
We made our way to our upper level (40 carpeted steps – or elevator) theater entrance. We entered the theater from the rear. We found two rows of seating on this level – the only level with handicapped-accessible seating. It is unfortunate that, in order to reach all other seating, one must walk down five steps and then continue down graduated steps to all rows. Handrails make it a bit easier, but I would suggest that if steps are a problem for you, make sure to call the box office to discuss your needs. All seats in the theater seem to offer a good view of the stage and the acoustics are excellent. The performance we saw, “Jazz Dance Party,” was a lively combination of jazz bands, dancers and guest artist singers. It was GREAT!
As always we at Destination Accessible advise one to check a venue’s website, http://www.artscenter.org, when planning a visit to “know before you go.”