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Events - Calendar of Audio Described Events

Ballet Austin 2014/15 Season

The following shows and dates will be Audio Described.
Contact Ballet Austin for your tickets at 512.476.2163.
(Do not contact VSA Texas for tickets)

All performances will be at
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr. Austin, TX 78701

Director's Choice
Mar 27, 2015 – 8:00 pm
The Long Center

Swan Lake
May 8, 2015 – 8:00 pm
The Long Center

Texas Performing Arts

Bass Concert Hall
23rd & Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX

The ticket office is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm outside Bass Concert Hall. The ticket office is closed on Monday.
Note: The ticket office will open an hour and a half before performances at Bass Concert Hall, and an hour before performances at satellite venues. For weekend Broadway performances, the office will open at noon on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.

Ticket Info Phone: 512.471.1444
General Info: 512.471.2787
To request Audio Description you must contact Guest Services
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Jersey Boys
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:00 pm

The Palace Theatre Opening Weekends

The Palace Theatre is pleased to announce plans to offer Audio Description on the Saturday and Sunday performance of opening weekend for each production beginning with season opener, I Love you, You're Perfect, Now Change.

That means that blind and low-vision patrons can book a seat at either 7:30 pm Saturday evening or 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon opening weekends to take advantage of this service. There is no extra cost. Patrons who would like to take advantage of Audio Description should call the box office at 512-869-7469 to reserve a receiver in advance. The receivers have been tested and work anywhere in the building.

Audio Description consists of two components. First there is the hardware, made up of a transmitter and individual receivers for each user. The individual receiver is a body pack the size of a deck of cards and an ear cuff to fit over one ear. The user has complete volume control with the receivers. Second, an individual has been trained to describe the set, each character, costumes and key movements on the stage. The describer will start 10 to 15 minutes before the performance begins by giving the users a general description of the set and time frame of the play. They will inform the users of pertinent background information about the play as one might get from the Playbill. During the performance, describers are trained to insert their comments as much as possible during "silent" periods of the spoken or singing parts of the play.

We are excited to offer Audio Description to provide blind and low-vision patrons with equal access to live performance. For more information go to

Audio Described Movies

The following theaters provide pre-recorded audio described movies. Call or visit their websites for movie listings and show times.

Regal Gateway Stadium 16
9700 Stonelake Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78759
Call 512-416-5700 to confirm movies and show times or
Visit Regal Cinema.

Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14
901 Little Texas Lane
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 447-0110
Visit Regal Cinema.

AMC Barton Creek 14
2901 Capital Of Texas Highway
Austin, Texas 78746
A listing of described Movies at the AMC Barton Creek 14 can be found at:
Visit AMC.

Texas: The Big Picture
IMAX Theatre
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 North Congress Avenue
Call 512-936-4649 for show times.
Using Rear Window® Captioning and DVS Theatrical® equipment.
Visit the IMAX Theatre at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Cinemark Theatres
All Cinemark Theatres have Closed Captioning and Narrative Description
Visit Cinemark.

Is there an event you want to attend that is not listed here? Make a request!

If no reservations are made four business days before the event, the audio description will be cancelled.

Please contact Lynn Johnson for more information or to reserve a headset for any audio described event.

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