Accessibility at Watermans

Our building is fully accessible. If you have any access requirements please inform the Duty Manager or Box Office Team on 020 8232 1019, before you arrive if possible.

Carer tickets
If you are registered disabled, we always allow for one free carer ticket as well as your disabled concession. This can be booked via the Box Office only on 020 8232 1010 (between 1-9pm) or please email

If you wish to book a carer ticket before the phone lines open at 1pm, please call General Enquiries on 020 8232 1019 and we will book you in. Please note, this applies to carer bookings only.

We have parking spaces reserved for disabled visitors although blue badge holders can park in any bay.  The venue can be accessed directly from the car park.  Please ensure that your Blue Badge is clearly displayed and you register your number plate at the Box Office in order to validate your free parking for the day. This is necessary due to our automated parking system.

Lift access
There is lift access to all levels and accessible ramps internally and externally to the Box Office, Cinema and Theatre level.

Wheelchair users
Both our Cinema and Theatre have spaces for wheelchairs, however our Box Office Team should be told if you require one at the time of booking as these spaces are inevitably limited. Our cinema has space for three wheelchairs to the right of the front row. Our theatre has four wheelchair spaces, two on either side of the auditorium as you enter the theatre.

Accessible toilet
There are disabled toilet facilities on the riverside level. This can be accessed through a radar key. If you do not own a radar key, please ask at the Bar for our key and please return the key when finished.

Backstage facilities are also accessible to disabled performers.

Hearing impaired and visually impaired cinema screenings
We have an internal audio system for patrons who are hearing impaired and/or visually impaired. We currently do not have a loop system which can link to external hearing aids.

Hearing impaired facilities
We offer assisted hearing headsets for many of our screenings which can be collected from the Box Office upon arrival. The soundtrack can be heard from our regular speakers but also through the headsets for enhanced hearing.

Visually impaired facilities
After our testing phase for audio description in February, we are moving forward with audio description screenings. We will be aiming to screen each film with AD at least once, alongside our HOH screenings (see below). This will be a combined audio description and hard of hearing screening. Our brochures and website will state which screenings these apply to with the AD logo and HOH logo. Please stay tuned for May’s film listings when it will go live officially.

Hard of Hearing screenings
We always have at least one Hard of Hearing screening of each film once a week, which features subtitles for the duration of the film (unless the film does not come with this version embedded) Please look for the ear icon against the film or on our website.