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Broadway Theatre

Broadway Theatre

1681 Broadway, New York, New York City, New York, 10019

The Basics

First opened in 1924 as B.S. Moss’s Colony Theatre, the Broadway Theatre was designed by Eugene DeRosa to be a movie theater, large enough to accommodate an orchestra to accompany silent films. Today the theater has a seating capacity of 1,765 over two levels. Pass by the Broadway Theatre and other popular performance venues on a walking tour of the theater district. To see the interior and for the full experience, book tickets to a show.

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Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Great tour!
Geri_M, Sep 2021
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
Guide was great. Very knowledgable and entertaining. Learned a lot. Saw Times Square from a different perspective.
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Great Broadway walkabout!
Joseph_R, Sep 2021
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
Great tour around Broadway and Times square. Our guide was excellent with great knowledge of the history of the theaters, neighborhoods and shows. Highly recommended.
star-5
A Must for Broadway Lovers
Stanley_F, Aug 2021
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
Philip gave an enjoyable, educational, and entertaining 1 1/2 hour walking tour of the Broadway theatre district. Great history, behind the scenes stories, and what to look forward to once Broadway opens again. We loved it. Highly recommended!
star-5
Chris was Excellent!
Marilyn_P, Aug 2021
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
Chris was excellent and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the tour! Loved his wit combined with his personal experiences!
star-5
Nice Times Square and Broadway tour
Violeta_D, Jul 2021
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
TJ was a great tour guide. His information was helpful and one could tell he is passionate with what he does.
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Best walking tour ever
steve_w, Jun 2021
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
Just want to say that TJ was great made it all enjoyable Even though it was raining he took great care of us
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Walking on Broadway
Kelley_E, Jun 2021
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
We enjoyed our walk with TJ even though he showed us some Krapp theaters. The information was fun and informative.
star-4
Informative plus good exercise
John_K, Jun 2021
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
I learned A great deal about the theater district . Entertaining. A definite hit ! Well worth price of admission
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Interesting history
dave-in-va36, Nov 2019
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
INTERESTING HISTORY OF A FEW THEATERS AND ACTORS. Our guide, Allison, was enthusiastic,knowledgeable, just excellent. We had people from 7 countries in our group and she included them all. Minimal walking.
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Interesting history
David_B, Nov 2019
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
Very interesting history, mostly about theaters. Guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Not much walking.
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The Best Tour of Broadway
Teachercz, Oct 2019
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
Allison is the absolute best. She made this tour! So entertaining. Very knowledgeable. Great time. I’m from NY and she told me things I didn’t know
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More than I expected
Nancy_G, Oct 2019
Broadway Theaters and Times Square with a Broadway Actor
Allison was fabulous. Interesting and humorous. She was engaging with all the people in the group. Great information.

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 at the theater.

  • Assistive devices for guests who are hard of hearing or visually impaired are available.

  • The theater is not fully wheelchair-accessible, but there are areas designated for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Broadway Theatre is located on Broadway at 53rd Street. By subway, take the 1, C, or E train to 50th Street; the N, R, or W to 49th Street; or the N, Q, R, or W to 57th Street.

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When to Get There

The theater’s box office hours vary depending on the show, but it is typically open from 10am to 8:30pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. It’s best to arrive early as there may be lines for the box office or theater concessions. Latecomers will be seated at the theater’s discretion.

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Early Film Screenings

During its early incarnation as a movie theater and film house, the Broadway Theatre screened some notable films, including Walt Disney’sSteamboat Willie in 1928, which introduced the American audience to Mickey Mouse. Disney also premieredFantasia here, in 1939. The first Cinerama film,This Is Cinerama, also debuted at the Broadway Theatre in 1952.

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