VENUE ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

 

It is our intention at Sign of the Beast Burlesque to have Metalesque Fest be welcoming to all performers and show attendees. The intention of this accessibility statement is to describe the fest venue layouts in a way that is helpful to those with accessibility and comfort concerns so that you can attend the venue well informed in advance and have the best experience possible. In this document, you’ll find notes about each venue that apply to the main areas where audience members are, and below that you will find notes with the title “Performer Notes” with specifics about the backstage areas that only performers have permission to be in. If this document does not answer your questions, please email us directly at signofthebeastburlesque(at)gmail(dot)com and we are happy to answer further questions and help you in any way that we can. Thank you!

 

Dante’s   350 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209   www.danteslive.com

-On Trimet bus line #20 with a bus stop one block away and the closest Max transit line two blocks away.

-No stairs at main entrance on Burnside street. This door is more than 32 inches wide, and no turning or hallways are present to enter the venue.

-Main floor is wheelchair accessible on the stair-free.

-Main floor seating area has standard height bar stools with backs and standard height tables and chairs with backs.

-Floor is concrete. Normal lighting is dim. Once the show begins, there will be strobe lighting and brighter stage lights as well as loud music and a fog machine.

-Bathrooms are on the main floor, and one ninety degree corner at entrance.

-Venue adjacent parking lot has handicap parking spots, and the lot does not have any stairs. Fee for lot parking is typically $8 dollars.

 

Performer Notes for Dantes:

Dantes backstage area is unfortunately not accessible to those using wheelchairs. There is a very narrow stairwell with a low ceiling that leads from the main floor to the dressing room, located in the basement. There is a handrail on one side and a wall on the other.

-There is a performer only private bathroom in the basement adjacent to the dressing room.

-Ceiling in the dressing room is low, just about six and a half feet high.

-There is a three step wooden stair that leads from the main floor curtained side stage area to the stage, it has no handrail.

 

Star Theater  13 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209  www.startheaterportland.com

-On Trimet bus line #20 with a bus stop one block away and the closest Max transit line one block away.

-No stairs at main entrance on NW Third Avenue. This is a double door that is more than 36 inches wide, and no turning or hallways are present to enter the venue.

-Main floor is wheelchair accessible. Once you enter, turn right toward the patio entrance. Here you will find the wide ramp with a handrail that leads down to the main seating area closer to the stage.

-Wheelchair accessible bathroom is located just behind the ticket booth near the main entrance. It’s down a short hallway that has no turns. This bathroom is single user with a lockable door, open floor plan, and an assistance bar on the wall for the toilet.

-Main floor seating area has standard height bar stools with backs and standard height tables and chairs with backs.

-Floor is concrete. Normal lighting is dim. Once the show begins, there will be strobe lighting and brighter stage lights as well as loud music and a fog machine.

-Venue adjacent parking lot has handicap parking spots, and the lot does not have any stairs. Fee for lot parking is typically $8 dollars.

 

Performer Notes for Star Theater:

Star Theater was built in 1911 and the backstage area is unfortunately not accessible to those using wheelchairs. There is a very narrow short stairway with a very low ceiling that leads from the main floor to the very narrow and small dressing room, located directly underneath the stage. Another similar stairway with a handrail leads from the main floor up to the stage. This area is very dark, and we navigate it with flashlights.

-There is a private bathroom in the dressing room, but it is almost always broken due to the age of the building and plumbing issues. Typically we ask performers to use the bathroom located near the main entrance. If you are in costume you can go out the side stage door onto the patio, and walk through the patio to the other side venue entrance so that less people see you in costume. This bathroom is also up a short set of stairs.

 

Tonic Lounge  3100 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232  www.tonicloungeportland.com

-On Trimet bus line #12 with a bus stop directly in front of the venue.

-Venue adjacent parking lot (no fee) does have stairs that lead from the lot to the outdoor patio, but there is stair-free access to the front door of the venue and another outdoor patio entrance if you go out of the parking lot at Sandy Blvd (paved with an incline) and use the sidewalk to approach the venue from the Sandy Blvd side. Be advised that this entrance has a slight incline, but it is well marked and well lit.

-No stairs at main entrance. The door that is more than 32 inches wide, and no turning or hallways are present to enter the venue.

-Main area is wheelchair accessible and has carpeted floors and wide booth seating as well as couches in the center of the room.

-Show area can be accesses through a wide open door area near the bar.

-Show area (toward the rear of the building) has concrete floor and is all one level with no stairs. Open floor plan only has chair and tables toward the back of the room.

-Seating area in the show room has standard height bar stools with backs and standard height tables and chairs with backs.

-Normal lighting is dim. Once the show begins, there will be strobe lighting and brighter stage lights as well as loud music.

-Bathroom is  located down a wide hallway that links the show room to the main entrance. It’s Hallway that has no turns. This bathroom has a 36 inch wide door (just barely) and does have a 90 degree turn to enter. The stalls are average size and do not have assistance bars.

 

Performer Notes for Tonic Lounge:

-This venue, stage and backstage area is the most accessible for those who use wheelchairs. You would be using the bathrooms that show attendees use, because they are the only ones in the venue. These are very close (less than twenty feet) from the backstage area.

-The backstage area is accessible through a curtain. This area has no stairs and is directly next to the stage but blocked with a curtain. We have used this area as a changing area before, it is quite private. Mirrors and some lighting can be provided. Adjoining this area is the dressing room, which is up two short stairs and through a smaller door, so if this curtained area is used be advised that there will be performers coming through on their way to the stage, but it is a decent sized area with no furniture so there should be enough room for changing and bags/props.

-The stage is just under one foot high. There is no ramp access to the stage from the dressing room/changing area. The stage is wood but is mostly covered by a large area rug.