The John Golden Theatre, previously known as the Theatre Masque or Masque Theatre and frequently referred to as simply the Golden Theatre, is an 804-seat performance venue built in 1927. The space was part of an entertainment complex developed by the real-estate developer Irwin S. Chanin. This one, in particular, was designed with Spanish-influenced aesthetics by Herbert J. Krapp.

The Golden has staged a variety of Broadway productions, including Rope's End, its first major hit. With recent productions of Slave Play and Prima Facie under its belt, the venue is now home to the critically acclaimed Stereophonic.

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About John Golden Theatre

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  • Capacity: The John Golden Theatre has a capacity of 802 seats.
  • Sections: The venue is split into three sections - the Orchestra and two Mezzanines.
  • Great views: The seats in the Orchestra offer some of the best views of the stage and an immersive experience across performances.
  • Value: If you're after a great deal seats in the Front or Rear Mezzanine usually go for cheaper. Front-row seats offer better views and legroom.
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible, companion, and transfer seats are located in the Orchestra, which is fully accessible and step-free. The Mezzanines also have transfer seats but are only accessible via handrail-equipped stairs.

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  • Address: 252 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is on 8th Avenue and West 46th Street, servicing the M20 and M104 lines. There are also stops on 7th Avenue and West 44th Street (M104) and 8th Avenue and West 43rd Street (M20, M104, M34A-SBS Line).
  • Subway: The 42nd Street - Port Authority subway stop is the closest, servicing the A, C, and E lines.
  • Parking: The venue is located near plenty of parking garages for you to choose from. The nearest is at 201 West 46th Street, but the 344-346 W 45th Street Parking, 1540 Broadway Garage LLC, and Meyers Parking (MP Times Square Garage) lots are all within a 5-minute walk as well.
  • Recommended mode of transport: Buses are the easiest way to reach the theater and stop close to the entrance, while the subway is a quicker method to get there but might require a slight walk to reach the theater itself.

Frequently asked questions about John Golden Theatre

What is the history of the John Golden Theatre?

The Golden opened in 1927 as the Theatre Masque, a small, intimate venue made for serious dramas. The venue saw a string of flops and hand changes before being renamed by impresario John Golden in 1937 and seeing a short run as a cinema. By the 40's the Shubert Organisation had taken over the space and restored it to its former role of a theatrical venue. At nearly 100 years old, The Golden is an important venue on the Broadway strip now.

What is the address of John Golden Theatre?

The Golden is located at 252 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, United States. It is easily accessible via the bus or subway network, but you can also get there by taxi.

How many seats are in John Golden Theatre?

The John Golden Theatre has a capacity of 804 seats spit across an Orchestra and two Mezzanines.

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

This theater is only partially accessible. There is a step-free entrance and designated wheelchair, companion, and transfer seating in the Orchestra section. But there are no escalators or elevators, the other sections of the theater are only accessible via stairs which are equipped with handrails, and the accessible toilets are in the adjacent Schoenfeld Theatre.

How much do John Golden Theatre tickets cost?

Prices for a theater will vary depending on the show, season, seat, and more. Tickets to Stereophonic currently start at $68.1.

What is the best place to sit at the John Golden Theatre?

This is a smaller venue so you'll find most of the seats get a decent view of the stage. That said, seats in the Orchestra tend to offer a more immersive experience, better suited to intimate plays like dramas or solo acts. The Front Mezzanine overhangs the Orchestra at Row L, so you might prefer a seat further forward. If you'd prefer better value for your money, though, you could try the front row of the Front Mezzanine that gives you a clear view of the whole stage for less-than-premium rates.

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

Located near the Hudson River, Central Park, and Hell's Kitchen, The Golden sits in a comfortable spot for anyone looking to explore the area. You could visit globally renowned spots like Times Square, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, and Rockefeller, or opt for lesser-known sights like the Intrepid Museum, The Channel Gardens, and The High Line. The area is also home to plenty of small businesses and experience venues. And if none of those tickle your fancy, you can always walk around the Broadway district and take in the gorgeous artistry, architecture, and history of one of the entertainment capitals of the world.

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