Located inside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the David H. Koch Theater has been a home to New York's ballet, opera, and theater scene for decades since its opening in 1964. Prominent companies that have staged productions at the venue include the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Opera.

The venue has also hosted classic Broadway productions like The Kind and I, Annie Get Your Gun, and Show Boat. It is currently hosting a production from the Shen Yun Performing Arts company and has also been selected as the venue for the 2024 Tony Awards ceremony.

2586 Seats

Wheelchair Accessible

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About David H. Koch Theater

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  • The David H. Koch Theater has a capacity of 2,586 split across the Orchestra level and five "rings" of balconies.
  • The Orchestra is closest to the stage, while the rings are at different levels.
  • You'll get the best views of the stage from the front rows in the Center Orchestra. However, these aren't always the views in the house, as this changes based on the production being staged. For instance, solo performances are better viewed up close, while ensembles are best viewed from a distance.
  • The rings offer decent views of the stage but the rear, corner, and topmost seats might face some sight restrictions for certain productions.
  • The rear seats in the Orchestra are a good choice for decent views at affordable prices.
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating is in the Orchestra and the first and fourth rings.

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  • Address: 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, United States
  • Bus: The nearest stop is at Columbus Avenue and West 63rd Street. It services line M11 and stops right at the theater's entrance. Lines M5, M7, M10, M66, and M104 stop within a block of the venue.
  • Subway: The nearest station is 66 St - Lincoln Center. It services lines 1 and 2.
  • Car: Patrons can hop off near the theater entrance if arriving by car or taxi. Parking is available at the venue and nearby lots.
  • Parking: The Lincoln Center Quick Park Self-Park Garage is the easiest option. Patrons are advised to book in advance as spots fill up fast. Designated accessible parking spots are also available.
  • Recommended mode of transport: The subway is the best option for reaching this venue.

Frequently asked questions about David H. Koch Theater

How old is the David H. Koch Theater in New York?

The theater is 60 years old.

When was the David H. Koch Theater built?

The venue was constructed and opened in 1964.

Is the David H. Koch Theater the same as the New York State Theater?

The David H. Koch Theater was commissioned by the State of New York and originally named in its honor. When billionaire David H. Koch began funding the venue, it was renamed for him, though many still refer to the venue by its older name.

What is the address of the David H. Koch Theater?

20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, United States.

How do I reach the David H. Koch Theater?

The theater is accessible via all modes of transportation, though we recommend the subway.

Who owns the David H. Koch Theater?

The theater was leased to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which subleased it to its current management, the City Center of Music and Drama.

How many seats are in the David H. Koch Theater?

The theater has a capacity of 2,586.

Is the David H. Koch Theater accessible to people with special needs?

This venue is ADA-compliant and one of the most accessible venues on Broadway. All areas are accessible via elevators. Level access from the entrance directly into the lobby and accessible elevators make for a smooth experience for all patrons. Accessible toilets are on every level and accessible seating is on the Orchestra and the first and fifth Rings. Hearing and visual aids are also available.

What are the best productions the David H. Koch Theater has staged?

The theater is notable for its staging of ballet and opera productions. It has also staged several Broadway revivals. It has been a home to the New York City Ballet since its opening and also stages productions from the American Ballet Theatre in the fall season. Its current lineup includes shows from the Shen Yun company.

Are the Tony Awards being held at the David H. Koch Theater?

The 2024 Tony Awards will be held at the Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater.

Is there a dress code for the David H. Koch Theater?

The venue has no dress code. It encourages patrons to dress according to their style.

How much do David H. Koch Theater tickets cost?

Ticket prices vary based on the show being staged and the choice of seats. New York ballet shows, such as The Nutcracker, are generally pricier, but you're always getting your money's worth at these shows. But if you're on a tighter budget, we recommend selecting your seats wisely.

What is the best place to sit at the David H. Koch Theater?

The best seats are usually in the Center Orchestra. We recommend seats closer to the stage for smaller performances. For ensembles and larger productions, rear seats and Ring seats work better. If you're unsure which seats work for the show you're seeing and have a limited budget, rear Orchestra seats are your best bet.

Are there any dining options available near David H. Koch Theater?

The venue serves snacks and refreshments, but if you're after something else, there are plenty of options around. For classic American fare, try The Smith. For cuisine-based food, try Rosa Mexicano, The Greek Kitchen, Parisian Bar Boulud, or Asian at Momofuku Noodle Bar Uptown. There are also several roadside stalls and eateries, bars, pubs, and hotel chains to offer more variety.

What are some attractions or things to do near the David H. Koch Theater?

There are many sights to see while you're in the area. The Lincoln Center itself is a beacon of history and artistry. Outside the venue, try the American Folk Art Museum and the Sesame Street Sign. The Manhattan New York Temple is also a sight to behold, even if you're not stopping by for mass. If you're just looking for a spot to relax and enjoy the view, try the Hearst Plaza.