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Lunt-Fontanne Theatre | Complete theatre guide

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Named after celebrated actor couple, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre opened as the Globe Theatre in 1910 with the musical The Old Town. This Broadway theatre was designed by architect firm Carrere and Hastings and funded by producer Charles Dillingham. The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is located on 205 West 46th Street and boasts a grand Beaux-Arts facade. After a couple of decades of functioning as a Broadway house, the theatre was converted into a movie house in the 1930s.

In 1957, after another couple of decades, the theatre underwent major renovation work, including removal of the second balcony and most of its original decor. The theatre was rechristened the Lunt-Fontanne and reopened in May 1958 with a production of Friedrich Durrenmatt's The Visit. In recent years, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre has hosted some Broadway spectaculars, including Hello, Dolly!, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and more! .

Looking forward to watching the show? Our Lunt-Fontanne Theatre guide is here to help you find the best seats.

Venue Details

Address: 205 West 46th Street, New York, 10036

Opened: 1910

Seating Capacity: 1504
Orchestra : 860
Front Mezzanine : 182
Rear Mezzanine : 462

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Practical Information

Section Accessibility

Orchestra: The Orchestra is completely step-free for all patrons and can be accessed directly from the entrance and lobby. There are five designated wheelchair spaces in G15, W15, Z3, Z4 and Z113.
Front Mezzanine: The Front Mezzanine is only accessible by stairs, and is located one level above the Orchestra. Once in the section, there may be a further two steps up or down to each row. Entrance is behind row E.
Rear Mezzanine: The Rear Mezzanine is only accessible by stairs, and is located one level above the Orchestra. Once in the section, there may be a further two steps up or down per row to reach your seat. The entrance is in front of row A.

Available Facilities

Restroom: An accessible restroom is available on the theater's first floor.
Wheelchair Access: Wheelchair locations are available in the Orchestra.
Elevators and Escalators: This theater does not have elevators or escalators.
Hearing Assistance: Free headsets for sound augmentation are available. For patrons with a tele coil, this theatre is equipped with an induction loop.

Handy Tips

  • Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is equipped with easy to access emergency exits. Be aware of their location during the show to evacuate smoothly, in case of a fire.
  • While pets aren't allowed inside the theatre, guide dogs and service animals are allowed in. Get in touch with your ticket sales representative for assistance.
  • Free of cost sound augmentation headsets are available at the theatre. Speak to the staff for more details.
  • A wheelchair accessible restroom is available on the theatre's first floor.
  • The theatre is air-conditioned during the summer months. Bring a light jacket or coat along if air-conditioning doesn't suit you.
  • If you're late for the performance, you'll have to watch the show through the first song from the back of the theatre. You'll be escorted to your seats after the first song.

Getting To Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is located at 205 West 46th Street, sitting close to many other Broadway theaters as well as a host of hotels, bars and restaurants. This convenient and central location makes it the perfect stop for visitors after a day of sightseeing in Times Square and nearby museums, and it is well-served by public transport across the city.

The nearest subway stations to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre include 49th Street on the N, R or W line. After exiting the station, walk south on Broadway towards West 47th Street, before taking a right turn onto West 46th Street. The journey from 49th Street subway station to the theater should take about one minute on foot.

Various buses stop less than five minutes’ walk away from the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The closest stop, via the M20 bus, is 7th Avenue/West 47th Street which is one minute away on foot.

Restaurants Near Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Looking for a quick bite before or after your Broadway show? Here our some of our favorite restaurants around the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre:

  • Blue Fin : A classy seafood and sushi restaurant, Blue Fin has all the makings of a pre-theatre pitstop.
  • John's of Times Square : Famous since 1929, this Village pizzeria serves their trademark thin-crust pizzas in a soaring Midtown space.
  • Planet Hollywood : Get your fix of Hollywood memorabilia and good ol’ American fare at Planet Hollywood.
  • Joe Allen : Theatre enthusiasts and scrumptious food come together in Jo Ellen, a premier broadway eatery.
  • Orso : Orso in 322, West 46th Street, brings authentic Tuscan cuisine to New York.


How old is the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York?


When was the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre built?

Built in 1910 as the Globe and renamed the Lunt-Fontanne in 1958 in honor of the famed acting couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, this handsome theatre is now owned by the Nederlander Organization.

What is the address of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre?

205 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, United States

What is the seating capacity of Lunt-Fontanne Theatre?

The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre has a capacity of 1504 seats. Section capacities are 860 Orchestra , 182 Front Mezzanine and 462 Rear Mezzanine.