The Winter Garden Theater in New York has a long and storied history. The theater is housed in the American Horse Exchange, which was built by William K. Vanderbilt in 1896. The Shubert family leased the exchange in 1911 and converted the Winter Garden into a theater at the same time. The conversion entailed turning the equestrian show ring into an auditorium with one balcony with a garden motif. The dimensions of the horse exchange resulted in a wider than normal playhouse, which brings the audience closer to the stage. The ceiling was covered in sky blue canvas and trimmed with latticework. Garlands, vines and leaves were interlaced on the box fronts and the arch. A renovation in 1923 covered the trusses, lowered the ceiling and added more ornamentation. The Winter Garden Theater received an extensive renovation in 2001, reimagining its former 1920s aura. This Broadway playhouse has been home to productions such as Peter Pan, West Side Story, Funny Girl, Mame, Cats, Mamma Mia, School of Rock and Beetlejuice The Musical. Grab your Winter Garden Theater event tickets at StubHub.
What is the Winter Garden Theater seating capacity?
The Winter Garden Theater can seat 1,600 people.
Is the Winter Garden Theater accessible by public transportation?
You can reach the Winter Garden Theater easily by bus and subway. Buses that service the area include the Q44, Qm6, B41, Bm2, M50, Q32, M103 and QM5. Subway routes originating in Flushing/Main, Long Meadow, Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, Sunnyside and Nom Wah Tea Parlor also reach the theater.
Is there on-site Winter Garden Theater parking?
Free parking is available in a parking garage directly behind the Winter Garden Theater. The garage is on South Boyd Street and has entrances on South Lakeview Avenue and South Boyd Street. There's also limited street parking on the front and side streets, and some of the street parking spaces are handicap-accessible.
What are the food and drink offerings at Winter Garden Theater events?
The Winter Garden Theater offers concessions of beverages and snacks in the lobby. No outside food or drinks are allowed.
Are there other entertainment options near the Winter Garden Theater?
There are many places to visit near the Winter Garden Theater, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Hudson River piers and Radio City Music Hall.
Do young children need a ticket for Winter Garden Theater events?
Children aged 2 and younger who can sit in a parent's lap and don't need a seat will not need a ticket. Children aged 3 and older are required to have a ticket for their own seat.
Is the Winter Garden Theater a wheelchair-friendly facility?
Winter Garden Theater can accommodate persons with disabilities. There are ramps, lighted aisles, removable seats, accessible restrooms and elevators that are accessible for wheelchairs. Audio assistance is provided with assisted listening devices, and the vision-impaired can have large print playbills on request.Back to Top
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