Winter Garden Theatre
The Winter Garden Theatre seats 1,498 on two levels. It was converted to a theater in 1911 by the Shubert Brothers, in a venue designed by William Albert Swasey to resemble an English garden. It was remodeled in the 1920s by famed Broadway architect Herbert J. Krapp and again after Cats closed in 2001. The larger-than-usual stage allows you to get closer to the action.
Although you need tickets to a show to fully experience the theater, you can admire this Broadway gem from outside on a Times Square tour or a tour of the Theater District.
Things to Know Before You Go
Children under the age of 4 are not allowed inside the theater.
Cell phones, cameras, recording devices, and other electronic devices cannot be used during performances.
Outside food and drinks are not permitted.
There are no escalators or elevators in the theater.
Assistive devices for hard of hearing and visually impaired guests are available.
The theater is not fully wheelchair accessible, but there are designated wheelchair areas.
How to Get There
The Winter Garden Theatre is located on Broadway, between West 50th and 51st streets. By subway, take the C or E to 50th Street; 1 to 50th Street; or N, Q, R, or W to 49th Street.
When to Get There
The theater’s box office hours depends on the show, but it is typically open from 10am to 8pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 10am to 6pm on Sundays. It’s best to arrive early as there may be lines for the box office, coatroom, or concessions. Latecomers are seated at the theater’s discretion.
Winter Garden Theatre History
The Winter Garden Theatre has been part of the Shubert Organization longer than any other theater. Originally built by William K. Vanderbilt in 1896 to be the second American Horse Exchange, the theater has been converted into a movie house twice and undergone several major renovations. From 2002 to 2007, the theater was known as the Cadillac Winter Garden.
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