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Booth Broadway Theatre
The Booth Theatre, which opened on Broadway in 1913, was named after the renowned actor Edwin Booth

Booth Theatre
222 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Location:
The Booth Theater is located on the south side of 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. It is number 22 on The Broadway Map

Design:
Originally designed by architect Henry B. Herts in an Italian Renaissance style, the Booth underwent a restoration by Melanie Kahane in the late 1970s. The theater seats 785 and is owned by the Shubert Organization.

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Background:
The Booth Theatre was named in honor of 19th century actor Edwin Booth, better known today as brother of John Wilkes, but in his time one of the most celebrated actors in America. Built by producers Lee Shubert and Winthrop Ames, the Booth Theatre is actually the second to have that name -- Edwin had erected the original in 1869. It was located at 6th Avenue and 23rd Street and was to function as the actor's theatrical homebase, but financial hardship forced him to give it up a few years later, and not long after the theater was closed down permanently. The new Booth Theatre opened in 1913 and once contained an archive of the great thespian's memorabilia that included items such as props and advertisements for plays in which he had appeared. Running alongside the Booth (as well as the Shubert Theatre) is the famed Shubert Alley, which is filled with current Broadway show posters and provides a convenient shortcut between 44th and 45th streets. Also in the alley is a cozy theater gift shop made from one of the Booth Theatre's old dressing rooms.

Best Seats In The House:
Because of its modest size, the space has good sightlines from almost every seat. There is a center aisle running through most of the orchestra, so the very best seats would either be right along that aisle or in the center front of the mezzanine.

Directions:
By Subway, take the A/C/E to 42nd Street, walk north on Eight Avenue and then turn right onto 45th Street. Or take the 1/2/3 to 42nd Street, walk north on Seventh Avenue and then make a left onto 45th Street.

Parking
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Previous Shows:
As one of Broadway's smaller theaters, the Booth usually hosts straight dramas or comedies, or more intimate musicals. Since opening, notable plays have included You Can't Take It With You, The Tenth Man, The Birthday Party, Butterflies Are Free, That Championship Season, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, The Elephant Man, and Mass Appeal. Two modern musical masterpieces, Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, and Flaherty & Ahrens' Once on This Island also played here. Some recent highlights include the hilarious Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, Bea Arthur's one woman show, a revival of Our Town starring Paul Newman, The Retreat From Moscow, The Pillowman, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Seafarer, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next To Normal.

Restaurants
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The guide is divided by cuisine types and only the best value restaurants make it into our guide.
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Seating Chart:

Theatre Seating Chart for Booth Broadway Theatre

 
 


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