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Al Hirschfeld Broadway Theatre

The Al Hirschfeld theatre was opened on Broadway in 1924 by the famous vaudeville impresario Martin Beck

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

302 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Theatre Location:

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located on the south side of West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. It is marked as the Martin Beck Theatre on The Broadway Map

Theatre Design:

When originally built, the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (then called the Martin Beck Theatre) was designed to attract attention and was the most opulent theatre of its time. Using fluted columns, a curved balcony and Byzantine details, the interior of this land marked theatre was as awe-inspiring as the outside. Since the theatre has dressing rooms for over two hundred actors, the Al Hirschfeld Theatre is ideal for large musicals with big casts.
Al Hirschfeld Theatre On Broadway

The Martin Beck Theatre (later renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre) was opened in 1924 by the famous vaudeville impresario Martin Beck. Amongst his many vaudeville accolades, in 1899 Martin Beck discovered the illusionist Houdini, who was performing rudimentary magic tricks in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beck convinced Houdini to focus on his "escape" routines and gave him his start in Beck's chain of Orpheum theaters. Although the business relationship with Houdini would sour years later, Houdini's brother Dash later wrote that Houdini owed all his success to the "astute" Martin Beck. Although Beck was voted out of the presidency of the newly "Public" Orpheum circuit in 1923, Beck remained a potent force in theatrical circles. He opened the impressive Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway in 1924, the only theater in New York on which there was no mortgage. The theatre has continuously operated as a successful Broadway venue for over eighty years.

In 2003 the Martin Beck was redubbed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, whose namesake's 100th birthday followed his death in that year. Al Hirschfeld, a famous American caricaturist, is best known for his simple black and white satirical portraits of celebrities and Broadway theatre stars. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre includes an on-going show of his works.

Best Seats In The House:
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,292 for plays and 1,282 for musicals.
The best seats, with great audio and visual are the center orchestra rows E thru L and in the mezzanine rows A thru C.
The remaining seats in the theater are good but, far sides and the back of the theatre suffer from poor sightlines, given the size of the theatre.
This theatre is best for big production musicals.

By Subway:
Take the A,C,E trains to 42nd Street. North 3 blocks to 45th Street and then west to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Miscellaneous information:
The restrooms at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre are downstairs and the concession stand is on main level.

Previous Shows:
The premiere show at the Martin Beck Theatre was Madame Pompadour in 1924, and Cabin in the Sky was the current show when Martin Beck died in 1940. Tony award winning shows at the theatre have included Bye Bye Birdie (1960), Sweet Bird of Youth (1972), and Into the Woods (1987). The show Man Of La Mancha was the current Broadway show playing at the time that the theater's name was changed from the Martin Beck Theatre to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in June 2003.

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