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A beacon on Broadway since 1923, the Imperial Theatre is a haven for musical magic. Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, it was built by the legendary Shubert brothers specifically for musicals. It opened with Mary Jane McKane and has since run several long-running musicals, including Les Misérables which ran for a decade. Despite its dedication to musical productions, however, the Imperial has also hosted successful plays, its longest-running one being Chapter Two.

A stunning structure steeped in an electrifying legacy, the Imperial experience is an unskippable part of visiting the Broadway district.

1457 Seats

Wheelchair Accessible

Guide Dogs


Air Conditioning

Security Check

Accessible Toilets

Water Fountain

Hearing Assistance

Now Playing

Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants


About Imperial Theatre

Seating chart
Popular productions
  • Total seating capacity: The Imperial has 1,457 seats split across three sections: an Orchestra and two Mezzanines.
  • Orchestra: The Center Orchestra offers the best views of the stage. Seats toward the front are more immersive and go for premium rates, while seats in the middle rows offer great views at lower rates.
  • Front Mezzanine: The elevation of this section is just right to give you a view of the whole stage at all times without the premium rates of the front Orchestra seats of the distance of seats in the Rear Mezzanine.
  • Rear Mezzanine: The distance of this section from the stage might make it less favorable, but it usually offers the most affordable seats in the house.

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Know before you go

Getting there
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Nearby restaurants
  • Address: 249 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
  • Subway: The closest station is 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal which is on the A, C, and E lines and within a five-minute walk from the theater.
  • Bus: The stop at West 46th Street and 8th Avenue is the closest to the theater. It services lines M20 and M104.
  • Parking: There are several paid parking garages nearby, including multiple City Parking lots (West 48th Street, West 45th Street, and West 44th Street) and Icon Parking lots (West 43rd Street and 6th Avenue), that are only a few minutes from the theater.

Frequently asked questions about Imperial Theatre

What is the address of Imperial Theatre?

Located at 249 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, United States, this venue can be reached easily via public transport.

How old is the Imperial Theatre in New York City?

The theater opened in 1923 with the hit musical Mary Jane McKane and continued its remarkable century-long run with multiple long-running musicals and plays in its roster. The theater has retained many of its original interior design features, warranting its status as a designated New York City landmark, and continues to showcase acclaimed productions.

Is the Imperial Theatre accessible to people using wheelchairs or patrons requiring hearing assistance?

The partially accessible theater has a step-free entrance, designated seating for wheelchair users, their companions, and patrons who prefer transfer seats with step-free access, an accessible unisex restroom on the main floor, and an at-seat service for food and drinks purchased at the venue. The rest of the venue is not as accessible and can only be reached via stairs equipped with handrails. Hearing and visual assistance devices are provided at the theater and can be collected from the Audience Services kiosk after providing a valid ID as a deposit.

How much do Imperial Theatre tickets cost?

Prices vary from show to show, depending on the dates and seats selected. Tickets to Water for Elephants currently start at $74.5.

What is the best place to sit at the Imperial Theatre?

The theater's 1,457 are split across the Orchestra, Front Mezzanine, and Rear Mezzanine sections. Row C leading the the middle rows of the Orchestra offers some of the best and most immersive experiences, with the front rows going for premium rates. These are especially great for dramatic plays or similar shows that focus on character-driven performances. The front to middle rows of the Front Mezzanine are also known to offer great views, with the middle rows offering great value for your money. These are great seats for larger ensemble productions and musicals.

What are some attractions or things to do near the Imperial Theatre?

Located within the Broadway district, this theater is just a hop, skip, and jump away from some of New York's most popular attractions, including Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Times Square, Central Park, the Hudson River, the Empire State Building, and so many more iconic landmarks. It is also, however, within walking distance of a variety of local haunts, popular hangouts, hidden gems, and more. Explore the area before or after your show and take in the sights, sounds, and vibe of the theater district.

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