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Ethel Barrymore Theatre | Complete Theatre Guide

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The Ethel Barrymore Theatre, often shortened for Barrymore Theatre, is located at 243 West 47th Street in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan. Named in the memory of acclaimed actress Ethel Barrymore, this theatre one of the most popular in the Broadway community. Incidentally, it’s the only surviving theatre of the many the Shuberts built for performers who were affiliated with them. Unlike many of the older theatres that have been used for a variety of purposes throughout the years, Barrymore Theatre has been used continuously as a legitimate house.

If you’re looking to catch the show, our Ethel Barrymore Theatre guide has all the information you could possibly need.

Venue Details

Address: 2243 West 47th Street, Between Broadway and 8th Avenue, NY 10036 USA

Opened: 1928

Seating Capacity: 1368
Orchestra: 582
Front Mezzanine : 196
Rear Mezzanine: 256
Boxes : 24

Seating Chart
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Brief History of Barrymore Theatre

The Ethel Barrymore theatre opened on December 20, 1928, with The Kingdom of God, a play that was specially selected by leading lady Ethel Barrymore. Post that, Barrymore Theater has hosted some iconic productions including Death Takes a Holiday, A Streetcar Named Desire, Critic's Choice, Don't Play Us Cheap, Hurlyburly, Lettice and Lovage, Imaginary Friends, The Glass Menagerie, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Six Degrees of Separation.

On October 2017 Ethel Barrymore Theatre hosted a spirited production of The Band’s Visit. The musical follows an Egyptian Police Band that gets lost in a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert and connects with the locals in unexpected ways. The critically acclaimed musical, which has won ten Tony Awards, celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.

Practical Information

Section Accessibility

Orchestra: Seating is in the orchestra sections is accessible without taking any stairs or surprise steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the orchestra level only.
Mezzanine: 3 flights of stairs up 30 steps. Please note, once on the mezzanine level there are approximately 2 steps per row. The entrance to mezzanine is behind row E of the Front mezzanine. Handrails are available at the end of every stepped seat row in the mezzani

Available Facilities

Restroom: There is 1 (unisex) wheelchair accessible restroom located on the main floor with no steps. Non-accessible restrooms are located down 2 flights of steps (20 steps.)
Pay Phone:Located in the Lobby (Accessible at 54" with utility outler).
Water Fountain: Located at the Ticket Lobby, accessible at 36"
Elevator: The theatre doesn’t have any elevators or escalators.

Handy Tips

  • Since Ethel Barrymore is a small theatre, the seats are pretty close together, and it can get cramped, especially in the balcony section. Pick your seats accordingly.
  • The check-in and check-out process at Barrymore Theater takes longer than usual since the entrance is small. Reach the venue at least 45 minutes before the performance begins so that can you check-in on time and avoid missing the beginning of the show.
  • The use of cameras, recording devices, cell phones, beepers, and other electronic devices during the performance is prohibited.
  • Please note that latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management.
  • The balcony is okay for watching musicals, but difficult for play where facial expressions are important. Pick your seats depending on the type of show you’re watching.
  • The Band’s Visit is 1 hours and 30 minutes long without any intermission break. Please visit the restroom before or after the performance.
  • Hearing assistance is available for patrons with a hearing impairment. Please contact the staff for further assistance.

Getting There

If you’re travelling in your car, there are numerous paid parking spots close to the Barrymore Theatre Some of the popular ones include LAZ Parking, Edison ParkFest, Bright Management, and Impark.

There’s nothing like taking the subway to Broadway! There are many buses and metro trains you can take to reach the Ethel Barrymore Theatere. Buses plying to Theatre District are M104, M42, M6, M10, and M27/50. If travelling by subway is more your thing, you can take the 1, 9, C or E train to 50th Street or the N or R train to 49th Street.

Restaurants near Ethel Barrymore Theatre

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

1. Bar American: This massive joint for pre-theater and business dinners serves upscale fare from chef Bobby Flay.

2. 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.

3. Dallas BBQ: A crowded local chain known for its massive servings of saucy meats, jumbo margaritas, and other classic fare.

4. DB Bistro Modern: Located in Theater District, Daniel Boulud’s Moderne serves modern French bistro cuisine with a touch of America.

5. Osteria al Doge: Relaxed Spanish eatery serving up tapas, paella & sangria, as well as some Italian dishes.

6. The Lambs Club:A clubby, art-deco style restaurant in 132 West 44th Street, with cocktails and steaks to die for!

If you're looking for more options, how about checking out our in-depth guide on restaurants in the Theater District. It has everything you're looking for. And more.


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243 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, United States

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