The California's Seating In General
The California is an intimate, comfortable, and beautifully decorated hall, with 1,126 plush seats. No seat is more than 20 rows from the orchestra players or more than 20 seats from center. The theater's acoustics are excellent and the sound in the mezzanine is especially outstanding. There truly are no poor seats in this hall.
Both the orchestra floor and balcony levels have seats in all three price categories. The front five rows of the balcony, called the Grand Tier, are among the choicest seats in the house. With two inner aisles upstairs and down, most seats are no more than 10 seats from an aisle, making access easy. There is elevator access to the balcony level. There are wheelchair seats in every price category and both the First Street and Market Street entrances are handicapped accessible.
Seating Chart and Section Descriptions
Accessible Seating, Stairs, Elevators
Main Orchestra Level Accessible Seating
The seats on the main floor, in all price categories, from the side Orchestra level doors forward toward the stage are all reachable with absolutely no stairs. The elevator in the box office corridor will lead you directly to this level of the theater from either lobby. All of the theater's wheelchair seating is also in this area.
All other seats on the Orchestra level, with the exception of the very last row, require between one and six stairs to reach.
Balcony Level Accessible Seating
All seats on this level will require at least one stair to reach. Seats in the Grand Tier require fewer stairs than seats in the Mezzanine and Side Mezzanine seating areas.
While there are seats designed to be ADA compliant on this level, the Symphony prefers to seat those who cannot, in an emergency, navigate the theater's stairs on the Orchestra level instead. This is because the building's elevators stop running during a fire, leaving wheelchair-bound patrons stranded in a life-threatening situation.
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