Accessibility GUIDE


Guide to Woodminster Amphitheater for

Patrons with Disabilities or Limited Mobility

for the Woodminster Summer Musicals


Part of the charm of Woodminster Amphitheater is the historic 80 year old amphitheater on the beautiful hillside of Joaquin Miller Park. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this idyllic, woodsy environment, and we are always eager to work with our patrons to make sure each theater-goer has comfortable access to our shows.


If you or someone in your party has a disability or limited mobility, ordering your tickets early and talking on the phone with a person when ordering will do much to assure your requirements and comfort. Call 510-531-9597 June 1-September 8 or 510-339-0241 during the off season.


Box Office Hours:

Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday hours begin June 16th


  • Amphitheater access

    We have spaces for wheelchairs with adjacent companion seats at the top of the amphitheater in sections 1, 2, 4, and 5, as well as close to the stage in Box A.  Those at the top of the amphitheater are wheelchair accessible from the Upper Gate (across from parking lot 5), and those in Box A are accessible from the Lower Gate (from parking lot 1).  Both gates have paved path or ramp access, and there are accessible bathrooms on both levels.


    The performance-night box office is at the Upper Gate, but patrons with actual tickets in hand may use either entrance.  Will-call  pickup for phone sales and online purchases is at the Upper Gate, so we suggest that if your tickets are in Box A, you arrange to receive your tickets in advance.

  • accessible parking

    There are four paved ADA parking spaces in parking lot 1 and five in parking lot 5 that are reserved for patrons with Disabled Persons placards or plates. Additional parking for patrons with Disabled Persons placards or plates is also available in parking lot 5 due to its level access to the upper theater entrance. These additional spaces are covered with wood chips because the lot is also a dog park, which may necessitate a drop-off in a paved area. Persons with mobility devices may be dropped off near either entrance. The paved accessible parking spaces tend to fill up quickly. To get the paved spaces with the easiest access to the theater, we suggest that you arrive at least an hour before the performance, or at least 90 minutes on Saturdays. The picnic tables at the theater open two and a half hours prior to the show (5:30 for an 8:00 show).

  • Audio description

    Audio Description and Haptic Tour provided by Gravity Access Services. Audio Description will be available for these performances: NEWSIES: July 13, BILLY ELLIOT: August 3, and INTO THE WOODS: September 5. Audio description is a live audio track spoken by a professional audio describer to audience members with visual impairments through a wireless headset system. It provides clear and engaging descriptions of the meaningful visual details of a performance. Haptic access tours (20-30 minutes) are a live pre-show tour that allows patrons to experience—through touch and their own movement— the space, performers, costumes and objects in addition to key movement elements in the performance. While there is currently no good public transportation to the Amphitheater, we have negotiated an alternative for patrons with visual impairment. For more information on how to book a spot in a Haptic Access Tour, accessible transportation to the theater, or to reserve a headset please call: 510-531-9597. Please click here to learn more about Audio Description.

  • open captioning

    During the run of each show this season, we will be providing Open Captioning services for two performances. Turner Reporting & Captioning Services, Inc. dba Captions LIVE! will open caption the following performances: NEWSIES: July 6 & 7, BILLY ELLIOT: August 2 & 11, and INTO THE WOODS: September 7 & 8. Opening Captioning is a text display of all of the words and sounds heard during a production located just outside the "stage picture." Please click here to learn more about Open Captioning.

  • hearing devices & printed scripts

    Hearing devices and printed scripts will be available at both the upper and lower entrances. To rent a script, please request a script one week in advance of the performance attending. Please direct inquiries to Harriet Schlader 510 531-9597 or


  • service animals

    Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. We are NOT required to permit comfort animals into our parks and recreation facilities, only service animals.


  • picnic facilities

    Picnic tables inside the amphitheater may be purchased by theater-goers and can be reserved in advance by phone or at the box office. There are several on the same level as the main gate that do not require patrons to climb stairs. Two of the tables on the main gate level are wheelchair accessible. There is a third accessible picnic table on the lower level just outside the stage door that is first-come, first-served.


  • courtesy seating

    For all events, a minimum of 25 lower section seats and 70 upper section seats are held for people with limited ability to ambulate, climb stairs, and/or stand up, and up to two of their companions. Producers Associates Inc. is fully committed to compliance with the provisions of The American with Disabilities Act. Please direct inquiries to Harriet Schlader (510) 531-9597 or

  • your comfort and safety

    Keep in mind that when you arrive for shows in July or August, it will still be light; in September, it will be darker.  Since it’s a park, the lighting when you leave will be minimal, so be ready to use your flashlight on your cell phone while getting back to your car.  Always wear casual, comfortable clothing and shoes that support your feet as you walk on various surfaces.  No matter how warm it is where you live, it may be 15 degrees cooler at the amphitheater, so bring warm coats or blankets and just leave them in your car if you don’t need them.


    To file a complaint regarding an ADA violation or disability discrimination, please contact City of Oakland ADA Programs Division at (510) 238-5219 (510-238-2007 for TTY users) or via email at

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