The Broadway Theatre first operated as B. S. Moss Colony Theatre after its original owner, Benjamin S. Moss. The movie mogul inaugurated the space with a successful run of the hit film, The Thief of Bagdad, and continued to run it as a premiere movie house for several years. It is one of only five playhouses that have their entrance on Broadway Street, and despite short intervals serving as a cinema in the 1930s and 1950s, it has had a long association with musicals. 

The original Renaissance-inspired design was perfect for the transition from film to live performance, and happily accommodated large-scale musicals. Over the years, many celebrity names have graced the stage, including José Greco, Charlie Chaplin, and Sammy Davis Jr., adding stars to its shining reputation.

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About Broadway Theatre

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  • The theatre comprises the orchestra, front and rear mezzanine, and boxes, totaling 1763 seats.
  • Rows D to G in the orchestra offer the closest and unobstructed view of the stage, with premium pricing.
  • Good value seats can be found in the Mezzanine section, particularly in rows A to D, providing excellent views at a more affordable price.
  • For a private viewing experience, choose seats in the boxes,
  • The mezzanine is further divided into the front mezzanine, offering closer views, and the rear mezzanine, situated further back but still providing good sight lines.
  • Seats in the balcony section are more distant from the stage and often available at a lower price point.

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  • Address: 1681 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, United States
  • Bus: Buses M7 and M20 buses run along 7th Avenue, a short westward walk towards the theater. You can also take the M104 that runs along Broadway, which will drop you off directly in front of the venue.
  • Subway: Get off at the 50th Street Station (1, 2, 3 lines), 49th Street Station (N, R, W lines), or 7th Avenue-53rd Street Station (B, D, E lines), and walk west towards Broadway. Each station is a short 3-5 minute walk from the theater.
  • Train: To reach the theater by train, you'll need to get to Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal first, then take a subway to the nearest stations mentioned above.
  • Recommended route: The bus is the most convenient way to reach the venue directly. If you're staying at a hotel nearby, you can also walk to the theater.

Frequently asked questions about Broadway Theatre, New York

How old is the Broadway Theatre?

The space was converted into a legitimate theater in 1953, after being acquired by the Shubert Organization.

When was the theater built?

The theater was constructed as The Colony movie palace in 1924.

What is the address of the theater?

The Broadway Theatre is located in the Theatre District of New York, 1681 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, United States.

What is the seating capacity of the theater?

The massive auditorium can seat up to 1763 patrons, divided into three sections. 

Does the theater have a dress code?

No, a particular dress code is not mandated. Opt for smart casuals or semi-formal wear for a neat but comfortable look. Make sure to carry a jacket as the auditorium is often cold.

Are photos allowed in the Broadway Theatre?

Visitors are not allowed to record any part of the performance without a permit. Please turn off all electronic devices as the staff may confiscate them if found in use during the show. Please use the time before and after the show to capture the theater or set.

Is there any age limit?

Children below 4 years of age are not permitted inside the theater. All adults and children above 4 must carry a valid ticket. 

Does the theater have valet parking service?

No, the theater building does not have a valet service. If you're traveling with personal vehicles, you can park at nearby public garages.

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