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Al Hirschfeld Theater opened as the Martin Beck Theatre on 11 November 1924 with a production by Madame Pompadour. It was named after its owner, the vaudeville entrepreneur Martin Beck. At the time, this was the only theater in New York to be fully owned without any mortgage provisions. The new owner and operator of the theatre, Jujamcyn Theatres, purchased the venue from the Beck family in 1965. On 21 June 2003, the name of the theater was changed to the Al Hirschfeld Theater in memory of the Broadway caricaturist Albert Hirschfeld who expired in January of the same year.

If you’re looking to catch the show, our Al Hirschfeld Theater guide is here to help you find the best seats.

Venue Details


Address: 302 W 45th St, New York City, New York, NY 10036

Opened: 1924

Seating Capacity: 1322
Orchestra: 646
Mezzanine: 657

Seating Chart
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Practical Information


Section Accessibility

Orchestra: Designated wheelchair and companion seats are all located on this level, spread across the aisle seats in rows P and T of the Left and Right Orchestra. Six wheelchair spaces are available per performance, with up to four companion seats next to these.
Mezzanine: There are no elevators or escalators at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, and the Mezzanine is located up one flight of stairs (20 steps.) Entrance is behind row D, with an additional two steps up to each row. All staircases in the theater have handrails.


Available Facilities

Restroom: Located on the Mezzanine and downstairs from the Orchestra level. An accessible restroom is located on the Orchestra level.
Accessible Seating: Wheelchair accessible seats are located in the Orchestra.
Water Fountain:Water fountains located in the Mezzanine, the Ladies' Lounge, and the Rear Orchestra.
Hearing Assistance: Assisted listening and Closed Captioning devices always available.
Wheelchair Access: Orchestra only. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating locations.

Handy Tips


  • The Mezzanine overhang starts at row K.
  • Step-free wheelchair and transfer seats are available across the Orchestra.
  • The rake is not ideal; shorter patrons may be obstructed by those in front.
  • Center Orchestra rows D and E are ideal for proximity and comfort.
  • Opt for an inside aisle seat for better legroom.

Getting To Al Hirschfeld Theatre


The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street, close to Times Square and a host of hotels, bars and restaurants. The central address means that visitors are ideally placed to spend a morning or afternoon sightseeing before arriving at the theater, which is well-served by buses and the subway network. Getting to Al Hirschfeld Theatre is simple thanks to a variety of public transport options.

The nearest subway stations to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre include 49th Street on the N or R lines. After exiting the station, walk north-west on West 47th Street towards Broadway, before taking a left turn onto 8th Avenue and a right turn onto West 45th Street. The journey from 49th Street subway station to the theater should take about five minutes on foot

Restaurants Near Al Hirschfeld Theatre


You can make your Broadway experience extra special with our hand-picked selection of the best restaurants near Al Hirschfeld Theatre. If you’re looking for an in-depth guide for food options in the Theatre District, we have got you covered. Looking for a quick bite before or after your Broadway show? Here our some of our favorite restaurants around the Al Hirschfeld Theatre:

  • Supernova: An airy, window-filled eatery in 226 West 52nd Street, Supernova serves New American fare in modern digs.
  • The Palm West Side: This clubby eatery serves high-end steakhouse fare, seafood and diverse wines.
  • Russian Samovar: Get a taste of authentic Russian on Broadway at this iconic eatery with live piano music to accompany the delicacies.
  • Blue Fin: A classy restaurant that serves pre-theater seafood and sushi served in a trendy setting with a glass-enclosed bar.
  • Gallaghers Steakhouse: An iconic joint for classic cuts and raw bar items in renovated digs, located on 228 West 52nd Street.

FAQs: Al Hirschfeld Theatre, NYC


How old is the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York?

98.

When was the Al Hirschfeld Theatre built?

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, originally the Martin Beck Theatre, is a Broadway theater at 302 West 45th Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Opened in 1924, it was designed by G.

What is the address of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre?

302 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, United States

What is the seating capacity of Al Hirschfeld Theatre?

Al Hirschfeld Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,424.