One thing that my husband Jon and I love doing is going to movies, and since we signed up for Movie Pass we have been going to the movies much more often. Typically, when we go to the theater I make the decision if I am going to bring my wheelchair based on the seats located in the theater. More often than not, I choose going to movie theaters that have plush recliner seats. Recently we went to see Downsizing, however it wasn’t playing at any theaters that had reclining seats. So, we went to a non-recliner theater and brought my wheelchair. Little did we know it would end up being an adventure.
We went to the local art theater to see the movie and since it did not have recliner seats we decided to take my electric wheelchair with us so that I could transition between the 2 seats whenever I got uncomfortable. Little did we know that the theater that our movie was showing in had stairs to get in. At first, I had a moment of panic as I really wanted to see the movie. Thankfully a manager showed up just as I was beginning to panic and informed me that they had a special entrance for the theater.
As the manager took us around the corner I realized that the theater had a room lift just for those unable to access the stairs. The manager then opened the door and explained that I needed to press the button until I was at the top once the door was closed and he would meet me there. When I arrived at my destination the door opened and there was my wonderful husband and the manager. He told us that once the movie was over he would come and get us so that I could leave the theater. The handicap seating at this theater ended up being at the very back. Normally the handicap seating is located towards the front of the theater, so this was kind of nice not being so close to the screen.
Once the movie was done Jon went to go grab the manager and he was coming up at the same time which was nice, so I didn’t have to wait too long. The manager opened the door and I went back down where the manager was ready to open the door. I tried to get a video, but the room is so small it really didn’t come out well at all. Next time I am at that theater I will try to get a picture or video. Although with that being said, I discovered during the movie that I can tolerate the seats located at this particular theater for the length of the movie. Discovering that I can sit through an entire movie at this theater and not need to take my wheelchair was exciting since it makes it easier to go to the movies. I do not currently have a wheelchair accessible vehicle so sometimes outings can be a bit challenging when wrangling ramps. All in all I was really happy to see that this theater was so accommodating and can’t wait to see more movies at this there.
My name is Amanda and I have a disability. I have fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I love to go on adventures but my illness' makes that a challenge. I didn't want to spend my life living in bed so I got an electric wheelchair (thanks to my parents) and I am hitting the road. Going to some of my favorite places, exploring new places, and sharing with you how I get around with a disability.
I wanted to give a special thank you to my amazing husband Jon. In addition to being my travel buddy he is also my editor. It's thanks to him that these posts aren't nearly as rambling as they could be.