New York City Center

New York City Center

Theater and Performing Arts Venue
Theater District, New York
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    Has a stamp of approval from Time Out New York and The Wall Street Journal
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    Aaron W.
    "Alvin Ailey never disappoints"(5 Tips)
    Thomas Z.
    "... to City Center's Encores, which is excellent if you can get seats."(2 Tips)
    Mark F.
    "Get there early if you're seated in the balcony."(8 Tips)
    Alexandra P.
    "two mins before showtime"(2 Tips)
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  • Grace L.heart icon on user image
    Grace LadyecuaFebruary 13, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Coat check available for a small fee. Resfreshments and snacks available for purchase before and during intermission. Great plays and musicals and comfortable.seats.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Nicole S.heart icon on user image
    Nicole SerratoreMarch 22, 2015
    Arrive early if you are seated in the balcony. Long walk upstairs and if you are in the middle its a hike past lots of people.
    Upvoted Apr 8
  • Mark F.
    Mark ForscherApril 8, 2015
    Great sound for music performances. If the showtime is listed as 8pm, it means the show starts at 8pm. Get there early if you're seated in the balcony.
    Upvoted Apr 20
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.May 6, 2016
    Really nice intimate theater. Can feel a bit crowded, particularly toward the back. If you get the chance to sit up close, take it.
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.December 15, 2014
    alvin ailey's revelations should be mandatory in december for everyone who lives in NY. <$30 for a ticket on a weekday and saw 4 original choreographed pieces from the 60s!
  • Candace N.heart icon on user image
    Candace NicholsonOctober 28, 2016
    A beautiful space, but like many old theaters, it's not as handicap accessible as it could be. And mid to rear balcony is definitely an obstructed view, so keep that in mind.
  • eric b.heart icon on user image
    eric bornemannNovember 27, 2020
    Beautiful giant theater with cool architecture features and great to watch dance.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BrewMay 14, 2016
    Very nice and accessible theatre. Although the fact that they make you purchase a cup to put any drink you buy in is lame
  • BECKIE 💋🐶🌻💜💫 P.heart icon on user image
    Always a great place to see the great sites and galleries, culture, diversity! ♡♡♡
  • Carl G.heart icon on user image
    Carl GriffinDecember 25, 2015
    Former masonic hall. Now a theatre and dance complex.
  • Kathy L.
    Kathy LebronDecember 30, 2014
    Nice theatre with comfortable seats. Saw Alvin Ailey-no bad seats in the house!
  • John A.heart icon on user image
    John AJanuary 11, 2017
    Nice theatre space for larger productions up toward Carnegie Hall. Decent leg room... Unless you are well over six feet tall.
  • lisaheart icon on user image
    lisaDecember 8, 2018
    Love going for aliey dance performances 💕😊seating is good wherever you sit
  • Ajkun B.heart icon on user image
    Ajkun BalletTheatreOctober 1, 2015
    Love it! One of the oldest places in the City where you watch dance.
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BNovember 13, 2018
    Fantastic theater space. Check out their “Encores” series!!
  • John W.heart icon on user image
    John WoodsOctober 25, 2016
    Balcony affords nice view of Near East architecture, if not the stage.
  • Grace L.heart icon on user image
    Grace LadyecuaJune 3, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Whether I catch a show solo or with my company I always enjoy it here!
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GuerrieriJuly 30, 2016
    Beautiful venue! Every seat has a unique view, loved the show
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HMarch 8, 2015
    This place is just getting worse and management is apathetic or missing the mark. Staff is mindless and rules supersede crowd management and comfort. We were told re entry was ok then gave us trouble.
  • J W.
    J WillDecember 28, 2012
    my mezzanine seats were good... but the balcony seats are also very decent... especially if you sit near the front of course.
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin VaughnAugust 11, 2014
    Gorgeously refurbished. Balcony sight line is very steep so not recommended for something you really want to see.
  • lisaheart icon on user image
    lisaDecember 9, 2017
    Going there for alvin ailey dance performance each yr is fanrastic theater is nice consession stand is pricey as expected
  • Raphael L.heart icon on user image
    Raphael LangenscheidtNovember 21, 2015
    Beautiful! Wonderful theater in a great location.
  • Mary Lou L.
    Mary Lou LandadioJuly 16, 2014
    Great restaurant s and in the area!!!!
  • heather d.heart icon on user image
    heather doughertyMarch 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't use your phone during the show - the ushers will call you out!
  • Kristina K.heart icon on user image
    Kristina KingApril 8, 2018
    Balcony seats are worth the $$, especially for ballet.
  • Thomas Z.
    Thomas Zucker-ScharffApril 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    We have a subscription to City Center's Encores, which is excellent if you can get seats.
  • Huaisi C.
    Huaisi CenDecember 31, 2018
    Always great performances with affordable tickets.
  • Rachel J.
    Rachel JamesMay 7, 2013
    Something you don't hear about large venues much... The balcony has TONS of leg room!
  • Trae F.heart icon on user image
    Trae FFebruary 11, 2017
    Big River is soooo good!
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Good venue for various performances
  • Jason L.
    Jason LeeMarch 5, 2013
    Get a drink downstairs before your reach your seat. There are no bars upstairs.
  • Susie M.heart icon on user image
    Susie MarplesJanuary 5, 2019
    Great for watching dance--saw Alvin Ailey there!
  • Erica D.heart icon on user image
    Erica DraytonMay 9, 2013
    The seats are very spacious!
  • Lizzie B.heart icon on user image
    Lizzie BordenFebruary 7, 2016
    This was recently renovated. Beautiful
  • Ryan A.heart icon on user image
    Ryan AmbsNovember 23, 2015
    The seats on the very outsides don't offer a full view
  • Pat D.heart icon on user image
    Pat DwyerFebruary 1
    Been here 10+ times
    #COMEDY in a bag! #suttonfoster #CheyenneJackson #Michaelurie #MusicTheater #Broadway
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Following a nationwide trend, the seats in this theater are getting wider by an average of two inches. "Americans have gotten a little plumper," explains the managing director. Read more
  • Pat D.heart icon on user image
    Pat DwyerMarch 15, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    #encores keeps #Broadway alive in this enormous space.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BNovember 1, 2010
    I went to see Spirit Control, and it was pretty decent. The story was a bit convoluted, but the lighting design was lovely and the acting was pretty good.
  • David P.heart icon on user image
    David PandozziJuly 19, 2014
    Grand Tier has the best seating fir musicals.
  • Mac E.
    Mac EdgerlyDecember 2, 2013
    Bring a friend. You'll be glad to not be there alone
  • Tyree S.heart icon on user image
    Tyree SOctober 1, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    Tha accessibility is fantastic!
  • Kathheart icon on user image
    KathOctober 20, 2015
    Many nice dance programs for old and new fan
  • Christin G.
    Christin GabrielNovember 1, 2009
    If you find yourself at the entrance at 130 56th St, you can walk through the adjacent building's lobby to reach 55th St. The 56th St entrance is not for ticketed guests.
  • Alex F.heart icon on user image
    Alex FAugust 13, 2014
    Great selection of plays.
  • Mary Lou L.
    Mary Lou LandadioMarch 17, 2014
    Sit mid orchestra for a wonderful view!!!!!
  • TenduTV
    TenduTVMarch 26, 2011
    For the annual Fall for Dance Festival, go online for tickets an hour before they go on sale to get online. The online system works really well.
  • Alexandra P.
    Alexandra POctober 23, 2012
    They won't let you bring drinks into the theater, but won't tell you when you buy them two mins before showtime
  • Ron R.
    Ron RaphaelAugust 5, 2016
    Great Venue!
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