Legless in Cork: Crane Lane Theatre

Crane Lane Theatre
Phoenix Street, Cork

I have only been to Crane Lane once and that was after The National in the Marquee in the summer of 2013. It was the height of our Irish heatwave and spirits were high. The place was absolutely rammed with the post-gig crowd and it certainly rammed a way into my heart. This is probably because the DJ played ‘Fill Me In’ by Craig David.

What has it got?

Seating: Plenty of moveable chairs here and low tables.
Doors: Most of the venue is open plan but all of the doors are wide and easy to open.
Ground: Grated wooden flooring.
Stairs: There are a couple of steps in the front entrance but the bouncers will bring any wheelchair users around to the side entrance. You also get to skip the queue this way. Win.
Bathrooms: They have a large wheelchair bathroom near the side entrance.
Spaciousness: Enough room for hundreds of punters to throw shapes to Craig David, that’s for sure.
Helpfulness of Staff: The bouncers were great here and showed me to the accessible entrance before the thought even crossed my mind.
Parking: You’re out drinking. Leave the car at home please. But if any Cork folk could tell me where parking is, please do.
Rating: 9/10
Why did it lose points? Now, I have a lot of grá for this place but they don’t seem to promote their access enough so a lot of people are not aware of what they have to offer, even Yelp says it’s not wheelchair friendly when it is. So, Crane Lane, if you’re listening, promote the JAYSUS out of your access. 

About the author

Louise Bruton

Reviewing Dublin, step by step, in terms of wheelchair accessibility. Freelance journalist and pop culture enthusiast.

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