As a privately owned playhouse, the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., opened back in 1835. It's still in the same location, at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For a time, it was called both Grover's National Theatre and Grover's Theatre. Five fires took place in the 1800s, and as a result, the building has undergone several renovations. The structure that now stands was mostly built in 1923 and was renovated in 1983. Given its prominent location near the White House, it has played host to presidents, politicians, diplomats and other dignitaries. National Theatre events include stage, musical and dance performances such as STOMP and Pride and Joy, and special events are also often held there. Get your National Theatre tickets at StubHub today.
What is the National Theatre's seating capacity?
There are 1,705 seats at the theater. The orchestra section takes up the bulk of the theater. The mezzanine and balcony sections are located above floor level with the balcony being slightly smaller than the mezzanine in terms of capacity. Each level has one center section and two side sections.
Is there on-site parking?
There is not on-site parking, but there are thousands of spots in neighboring parking garages, including those on Pennsylvania Avenue, E Street, G Street and F Street. Each property will have its own fees, and many accept pre-payment if you want to reserve a spot. Some of the hotels in the neighborhood offer valet parking for those with National Theatre tickets.
Can I take public transportation to the National Theatre?
To avoid traffic on your way to National Theatre events, it can be convenient to take the local bus or metro. The Metro Center station and Federal Triangle stations are closest to the venue. Federal Triangle is serviced by the Blue Line and Orange Line, and Metro Center is serviced by the Blue Line, Orange Line and Red Line. The Yellow Line and Green Line can be taken also as they travel to Chinatown, which is still within walking distance.
Is the theater wheelchair-accessible?
All levels of National Theatre seating are wheelchair accessible. Certain seats are reserved for patrons who have to remain in their wheelchairs during the performance. Other guests may wish to transfer to their seats and have their wheelchairs safely stored. One elevator is located next to the main entrance, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms are on the third and fourth floors.
Are there any concessions?
Beverages are available for purchase, and a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks are sold. Bars are open in the outer lobby, the Helen Hayes Gallery and the balcony. If you wish, you can pre-pay for a drink before the event and then show your receipt to pick up your drink during intermission.Back to Top