Ambassador Theatre

Opened in 1921

219 W. 49th Street
New York, NY

Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm (when there is a late performance, the box office stays open until curtain.)

Theater History

Built in 1921 by the Shuberts, the Ambassador Theatre opened with the musical The Rose Girl. The Shuberts eventually sold the property, and it was used as a movie theater, broadcast studio for CBS, and a live theater before the Shuberts bought it again in 1956. It has been the home of the long-running hit revival of Chicago since 2003.



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Restrooms are located on the basement level.

Coat Check

Coat check is available.


Free Wi-Fi Available

Where is the stage door?

To your left as you exit the main 49th Street entrance.


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Best Seats in the House

The best views will be in the center orchestra and front mezzanine, but there are very few bad seats in this theater.

Number of Seats

1088 seats

Preview Seat View


Is there wheelchair accessible seating available?

Wheelchair accessible seating is located in the orchestra section. No steps to designated seating location. Note there are two small steps to reach the main entrance of the theater from the sidewalk. There is a side entrance with no steps, check with the Box Office when you arrive for assistance.

Is there a wheelchair accessible restroom available?


Are there assistive devices available?

Listening devices available for every performance; audio description and closed captioning devices will be available beginning four weeks after the show's opening night. Before this date, live-caption via CART using a hand-held device can be requested with two weeks advance notice. Contact Shuebrt Audience Services at 212-944-3700 or for more information.


When to arrive: Doors open roughly a half hour before showtime. Give yourself plenty of time to pick up tickets and find your seats. What to wear: Whatever makes you comfortable! Some people dress up for the theater, but there is no official dress code. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theater. is an independent website. Content published on this site may be authored by individual contributors whose views may not necessarily reflect the views of or any other organization. We may receive commissions on purchases you make through links published on our website. Click here to review our disclosures page for more information.