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Designed by Herbert Krapp, the Ambassador Theatre opened on 11 February 1921 under the ownership of the Shuberts, with a production of the musical The Rose Girl. The Shuberts finally sold the business in 1935 and it was transformed into an NBC movie and television studio co-owned by the DuMont Television Network. It was known as the Ambassador Tele-Theater during this time period. In 1956, the Shuberts regained control and reopened it as a Broadway Theatre as we see it now. In 1987, the Ambassador Theatre was given a Landmark Status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

If you’re looking to catch the show, our Ambassador Theatre seating chart has all the information you could possibly need.

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Venue Details

Address: 219 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019, United States

Opened: 1921

Seating Capacity: 1093
Orchestra: 584
Front Mezzanine : 264
Rear Mezzanine: 245

Seating Chart
Check out the Ambassador Theatre Seating Chart here.

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Practical Information

Section Accessibility

Orchestra: The Ambassador Theatre Orchestra is entirely step free for all patrons from the entrance and lobby.The majority of the theater’s accessible seating is in this section, with seven wheelchair spaces in rows J to O. There are up to three companion seats available to purchase alongside each wheelchair space.
Front Mezzanine: The Front Mezzanine is located one floor above the Orchestra, and is accessible up two flights of stairs (38 steps). Once inside the section, entrance is behind row E, and there are a further two steps down to each row. Handrails are available at every stepped row to aid patrons.
Rear Mezzanine: The Rear Mezzanine is located one floor above the Orchestra, and is accessible up two flights of stairs (38 steps). Once inside the section, entrance is in front of row A, and there are a further two steps up per row. Handrails are available at every stepped row to aid patrons.

Available Facilities

Restroom: There is a wheelchair accessible restroom.
Elevators and Escalators:This theater does not have elevators or escalators.
Water Fountain: A water fountain is available in the ticket lobby and another on the mezzanine level.
Hearing Assistance: Assisted Listening Devices are. Drivers License/ID with address required as a deposit to reserve.

Handy Tips

  • The bathroom for the theater is in the basement, so do not wait around for taking your bathroom break during the intermission. You would not want to miss a part of the show during the bathroom break.
  • The food stalls of the theater sell food and beverages at an exorbitant rate. Avoid purchasing food/drinks from here and opt for getting a bite at one of the restaurants near the theater.
  • There are two steps after every row on the mezzanine level. If you have mobility issues, be careful about booking the seats on the mezzanine level.
  • Go for the first rows of the orchestra and mezzanine level or the corner seats if you need extra legroom. These seats also tend to sell out faster.

Getting To Ambassador Theatre

The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 West 49th Street, a short walk from Broadway itself. Other landmarks such as Times Square are in the neighborhood so anyone wanting to enjoy a show can plan a whole day out checking off the must-sees of New York City

The nearest subway station to the Ambassador Theatre is 49th Street, which is served by lines including N, R and W. From this station it is about one minutes’ walk to the theater.

Various buses stop a short walk away from the Ambassador Theatre, including the M7, M20 and M104 at West 50th Street and 7th Avenue. Once off the bus, it is two minutes on foot to the theater via 7th Avenue.

Restaurants Near Ambassador Theatre

You can make your Broadway experience extra special with our hand-picked selection of the best restaurants near Ambassador 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 Ambassador Theatre:

  • Planet Hollywood: Get your fix of Hollywood memorabilia and good ol’ American fare in 1540, Broadway.
  • Ellen’s Stardust Diner: Multi-level '50s-themed diner with singing servers & an extensive menu of American classics.
  • Orso: A theatre district classic, Orso in 322, West 46th Street, brings gourmet Tuscan cuisine to New York with ample aplomb.
  • Toloache: Modern Mexican dishes with a healthy helping of tradition served in a festive atmosphere.
  • City Kitchen:This takeout joint serves the city’s best ramen in a straightforward, no-fuss manner, focusing on the quality of the food instead.


How old is the Ambassador Theater in New York?

The Ambassador Theatre is a 101 years old, as of 2022. 

When was the Ambassador Theater built?

The Ambassador Theater was built in 1921.

What is the address of the Ambassador Theatre?

The Ambassador Theatre is at 219 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019, United States

What is the seating capacity of Ambassador Theatre?

The Ambassador Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,125