The David H. Koch Theater is the premiere ballet and dance center in New York City. Located at the historic Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the theater is the primary home of the New York City Ballet and the secondary home of the American Ballet Theatre during the fall season. It was also the home of the New York City Opera between 1964 and 2011. The theater opened on April 23rd, 1964 with funds from the State of New York. Originally known as the New York State Theater, the theater acquired its current name after billionaire David H. Koch contributed $100 million for renovation and maintenance. The theater has a seating capacity of 2,586. The main auditorium is composed of four main rings, plus a fifth ring on the sides. You can catch a live performance of all David H. Koch Theater events by purchasing tickets at StubHub.
Can I reach the David H. Koch Theater by public transportation?
The theater is accessible by both subway and bus. If you're traveling by subway, you can take the No. 1 train to 66th Street and Lincoln Center Station. If you're traveling by bus, then you can take the M5, M7, M10, M66 or M104 lines, which will take you to within a block of the theater.
What about David H. Koch Theater on-site parking?
The theater has on-site parking at the Lincoln Center parking garage, as well as the lots on 62nd and 65th streets. Off-site parking is also available at the Time Warner Center valet parking garage, 60th Street and 58th Street. Parking for matinee showings must be reserved by 3 PM the day before the performance. Parking for evening shows must be reserved by 3 PM the day of the performance.
How does the David H. Koch Theater accommodate disabled visitors?
Handicapped parking spots are available at any garage entrance. They are located in the yellow section of the lot. A valid permit must be displayed. If you plan to be dropped off near the theater, then the most accessible area is at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street. An accessible elevator can be found in the lobby near the box office windows, while accessible restrooms are located on all seating levels. Accessible seating can be found on the orchestra level, the first ring and the fourth ring. Customer service may still be able to assist you if the seating is sold out. You should contact the theater ahead of time to take care of your needs. Hearing assistance devices are also available should you need one.
What other features can I find at the David H. Koch Theater?
When you're not watching a performance, there are a few things you can do. The theater has a promenade with a sculpture by Elie Nadelman. The lobby also features artwork from Lee Bontecou, Reuben Nakian and Jasper Johns. The Travelers Patron Lounge, located on the orchestra level side lobby, sometimes hosts private events before or after the performance. The Boardroom sometimes hosts events as well.Back to Top
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