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How Many Broadway Theaters Are There?

Published on: Oct 1, 2022
Last Updated on: May 11, 2024
By: Kathryn Willingham
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How Many Broadway Theaters Are There?

There are 41 Broadway theaters in and around the theatre district in New York City. Bordered by 40th street to the south and 54th street to the north, the theater district is located in Midtown Manhattan and encompasses Times Square – if you’re looking for same day Broadway tickets, head to the TKTS Booth in the heart of Times Square just below the giant red steps! 

Below are all 41 Broadway theaters, including what shows are currently playing, and some fun trivia facts:

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Address: 302 West 45th Street

Current Show: Moulin Rouge! The Musical

First Show: Madame Pompadour in 1924

Did You Know: Al Hirschfeld was a caricaturist known for his black and white portraits that often appeared in The New York Times as well as in publications like The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He also won the Tony Award for lifetime achievement (twice).

Ambassador Theatre

Address: 215 W. 49th Street

Current Show: Chicago

First Show: The Rose Girl in 1921

Did You Know: The Ambassador Theatre has a unique architectural design due to the oddly shaped plot of land it was built on. The theater was built on an angle to best use the space – that can pose some logistical challenges as it resulted in an especially small wing space (the area just to the left and right of the stage, unseen by the audience).

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club in the August Wilson Theatre

August Wilson Theatre

Address: 245 West 52nd Street

Current Show: Cabaret

First Show: Caesar and Cleopatra in 1925

Did You Know: August Wilson was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, known for shows like Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and The Piano Lesson.

Belasco Theatre

Address: 111 West 44th Street

Current Show: Appropriate

First Show: A Grand Army Man in 1907

Did You Know: The ghost of theater producer, playwright and director David Belasco is said to haunt the theater.

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Address: 242 West 45th Street

Current Show: The Outsiders

First Show: Piggy in 1927

Did You Know: Bernard B. Jacobs was the president of the Shubert Organization.

Booth Theatre

Address: 222 West 45th Street

Upcoming Show: The Roommate

First Show: The Great Adventure in 1913

Did You Know: The Booth Theatre is named after the actor Edwin Booth, who was also John Wilkes Booth’s brother.

Broadhurst Theatre

Address: 235 West 44th Street

Current Show: A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical

First Show: Misalliance in 1917

Did You Know: The Broadhurst Theatre is named after George Broadhurst, the producer and playwright who built and opened the theater with the Shuberts.

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Broadway Theatre

Address: 1681 Broadway

Current Show: The Great Gatsby

First Show: The New Yorkers in 1924

Did You Know: Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, played at the Broadway Theatre (then called the Colony Theatre) in 1928.

Circle in the Square Theatre

Address: 1633 Broadway

Current Show: An Enemy of the People

First Show: Mourning Becomes Electra in 1972

Did You Know: Circle in the Square is the only Broadway theater to have a vomitorium – this isn’t what it sounds like. It’s a pathway below or behind seats in a theater that allows crowds to exit quickly. Productions in Circle in the Square often use this feature as an entrance and exit for the actors.

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Address: 243 West 47th Street

Current Show: Patriots

First Show: The Kingdom of God in 1928

Did You Know: The theater was named after actress Ethel Barrymore. She is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Eugene O’Neill Theatre

Address: 230 West 49th Street

Current Show: The Book of Mormon

First Show: Mayflowers in 1925

Did You Know: Eugene O’Neill was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who wrote Long Day’s Journey into Night; Ah, Wilderness!; The Iceman Cometh and many others.

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Gershwin Theatre

Address: 222 West 51st Street

Current Show: Wicked

First Show: Via Galactica in 1972

Did You Know: The theater is named after George and Ira Gershwin, known for works like Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris.

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Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Address: 236 West 45th Street

Current Show: The Notebook

First Show: A Successful Calamity in 1917

Did You Know: Gerald Schoenfeld was the chairman of the Shubert Organization.

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Hayes Theater

Address: 240 West 44th Street

Current Show: Mother Play

First Show: The Pigeon in 1912

Did You Know: The theater is the smallest theater on Broadway and is named for Helen Hayes. She was an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner and also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan.

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Hudson Theatre

Address: 145 West 44th Street

Current Show: Merrily We Roll Along

First Show: Cousin Kate in 1903

Did You Know: The man who operated the Hudson Theatre, Henry B. Harris died on the Titanic – his wife, who was rescued, continued to run the theater until she was forced to sell it in the Depression. It later functioned as an adult movie theater, a nightclub, and an event space before finally being reopened as a Broadway theater in 2017.

Imperial Theatre

Address: 249 West 45th Street 

Current Show: Water For Elephants

First Show: Mary Jane McKane in 1923

Did You Know: When the Imperial was built, it became the fiftieth venue owned by the Shuberts.

James Earl Jones Theatre

Address: 138 West 48th Street

Current Show: The Heart of Rock and Roll

First Show: Peg O’My Heart in 1912

Did You Know: The theater was named for James Earl Jones in 2022 (it was previously known as the Cort Theater). James Earl Jones is an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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John Golden Theatre

Address: 252 West 45th Street

Current Show: Stereophonic

First Show: Puppets of Passion in 1927

Did You Know: The theater is named after theatrical producer John Golden.

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Lena Horne Theatre

Address: 256 West 47th Street

Current Show: Six

First Show: The Night Duel in 1926

Did You Know: The theater has previously been called the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and the Mansfield Theatre before being renamed for singer, actor, dancer, and activist Lena Horne in November 2022.

Longacre Theatre

Address: 220 West 48th Street

Current Show: Lempicka

First Show: Are You a Crook? In 1913

Did You Know: The Longacre Theatre was named after Longacre Square – now known as Times Square.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 

Address: 205 West 46th Street

Upcoming Show: TBD

First Show: The Old Town in 1910

Did You Know: The theater is named after Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne who appeared together in comedies by Noel Coward, Terence Rattigan and many others.

Lyceum-Theatre

Lyceum Theatre

Address: 149 West 45th Street

Upcoming Show: Oh, Mary!

First Show: The Proud Prince in 1903

Did You Know: The Lyceum is the oldest continually operating Broadway theater.

Lyric Theatre

Address: 213 West 42nd Street

Current Show: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

First Show: Ragtime in 1998

Did You Know: The Lyric Theatre is the newest theater on Broadway.

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Majestic Theatre

Address: 245 West 44th Street

Upcoming Show: TBD

First Show: Rufus LeMaire’s Affairs in 1927

Did You Know: The Majestic is home to Broadway’s longest-running show, The Phantom of the Opera.

Marquis Theatre

Address: 1535 Broadway

Current Show: The Wiz

First Show: Shirley Bassey in 1986

Did You Know: The theater is located on the third floor of the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

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Minskoff Theatre

Address: 200 West 45th Street

Current Show: The Lion King

First Show: Irene in 1973

Did You Know: The theater is named for real estate developers who developed the building.

Music Box Theatre

Address: 239 West 45th Street

Current Show: Suffs

First Show: The Music Box Revue in 1921

Did You Know: The Music Box Theatre was built for Broadway producer Sam Harris and songwriter Irving Berlin – known for songs like “White Christmas,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Nederlander Theatre

Address: 208 West 41st Street

Current Show: The Who's Tommy

First Show: Swords in 1921

Did You Know: The theater is named after theater owner David T. Nederlander.

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Neil Simon Theatre

Address: 250 West 52nd Street

Current Show: MJ The Musical

First Show: Funny Face in 1927

Did You Know: Neil Simon was a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright known for shows like The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, and Brighton Beach Memoirs.

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New Amsterdam Theatre

Address:  214 West 42nd Street

Current Show: Aladdin

First Show: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1903

Did You Know: The theater is named after the Dutch settlement “New Amsterdam” in what is now lower Manhattan.

Palace Theatre

Address: 1564 Broadway

Upcoming Show: Ben Platt: Live at the Palace

First Show: Miss Civilization in 1913

Did You Know: The Palace was a hugely successful vaudeville theatre, attracting performers like The Marx Brothers, Bert Williams, The Three Keatons, Fanny Brice, and Ethel Waters.

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Richard Rodgers Theatre

Address: 226 West 46th Street

Current Show: Hamilton

First Show: The Greenwich Village Follies in 1925

Did You Know: Composer Richard Rodgers is known for shows like Pal Joey and Babes in Arms as well as his work with Hammerstein including Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music.

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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Address: 261 West 47th Street

Current Show: Mary Jane

First Show: Easy Come, Easy Go in 1925

Did You Know: The theater is named after a Broadway publicist Samuel J. Friedman.

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Shubert Theatre

Address: 225 West 44th Street

Current Show: Hell's Kitchen

First Show: Hamlet in 1913

Did You Know: Shubert Alley, which runs between the Shubert Theatre and Booth Theatre, was originally built because of fire laws. Both theaters – and the Astor Hotel – could use the alley as a fire exit.

St. James Theatre

Address: 246 West 44th Street

Current Show: Illinoise

First Show: The Merry Malones in 1927

Did You Know: The theater is named after the demolished St. James’s theater in London.

Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Address: 124 West 43rd Street

Current Show: & Juliet

First Show: The Fountain of Youth in 1918

Did You Know: The theater is named after composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, known for Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and many more.

Studio 54

Address: 254 West 54th Street

Upcoming Show: A Wonderful World

First Show: La Boheme in 1927

Did You Know: Studio 54 was a famous former nightclub in the disco era.

Todd Haimes Theatre

Todd Haimes Theatre

Address: 227 West 42nd Street

Upcoming Show: Home

First Show: Information Please in 1918

Did You Know: After several musical productions, this theater functioned as a movie theater and visitors center before being renovated in the late 1990s.

Vivian Beaumont Theater

Address: 150 West 65th Street

Current Show: Uncle Vanya

First Show: Danton’s Death in 1965

Did You Know: Part of Lincoln Center Theater, the Vivian Beaumont is the only Broadway theater located outside of the Broadway theater district. Vivian Beaumont Allen funded the construction of the theater.

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Walter Kerr Theatre

Address: 219 West 48th Street

Current Show: Hadestown 

First Show: Mary Stuart / A Man About Town in 1921

Did You Know: The theater is named after theater critic Walter Kerr.

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Winter Garden Theatre

Address: 1634 Broadway

Current Show: Back to the Future

First Show: La Belle Paree / Bow-Sing / Tortajada in 1911

Did You Know: The location of the Winter Garden Theatre used to be the American Horse Exchange, which sold thoroughbred horses.

Who Runs the Broadway Theaters?

Most Broadway theaters are run by the Shubert Organization (17), The Nederlander Organization (9), and Jujamcyn (5). Roundabout Theatre Company has 3, Ambassador Theatre Group has 2, and Second Stage Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Disney Theatrical Group, Lincoln Center Theatre and the Paramount Group each have one. 

The Broadway League was formed in 1930 when Broadway theater owners came together to bargain with the theatrical unions and guilds. The league now includes theater owners and operators as well as producers, presenters, general managers, and other service providers. It runs programs like the Tony Awards, Jimmy Awards, Kids’ Night on Broadway, and Broadway Bridges.

If you want to know more about Broadway, read more in our What is Broadway article. And if you’re looking for a Broadway show, check out our article on Top Broadway Shows for tips on what to see.

Kathryn Willingham

Head of Creative Development at Jean Doumanian Productions

Kathryn Willingham has worked in entertainment for over ten years, and recent credits include: Co-producer of SHRINK currently streaming on Peacock, Associate Producer of the independent film UNA, and Creative Executive on multiple theatrical productions including HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh on Broadway, NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour Off-broadway and Associate on productions EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe and THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble. She was Producer of Todd Almond’s musical travelogue “Wyoming and Parts of Kansas” and Production Coordinator for Karen O and KK Barrett's “Stop the Virgens.”

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Education: B.A. in English, Literature & Creative Writing from Rhodes College
Knowledge: Theatrical Production

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Oct 1, 2022

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