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The Biltmore Theatre On Broadway


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Biltmore Theatre
261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10019

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The Biltmore Theatre is located on 47th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway.

Constructed in 1925, the Biltmore Theatre was built by the Chanin brothers, who used famed architect of the era Herbert Krapp to design it. The original Biltmore Theatre was built with approximately 1000 seats and a single balcony. When renovated, the number of seats in the theater was reduced to 650, creating a more spacious feel for each patron.

The Biltmore Theatre’s interior had been made a New York City landmark just prior to its devastating fire in 1987.
Biltmore Theatre

The Biltmore Theatre Background:

The Biltmore Theatre has one of the more interesting histories of the theaters on Broadway.In the midst of the Depression, the venue's owners, the Chanin brothers, lost the Biltmore to the Federal Theatre Project, where shows for entertainment were replaced with shows for news content. A few years later, the theater was bought by the film studio at Warner Brothers to be used as a vehicle for displaying the work of George Abbott. The Biltmore was leased to CBS in 1952 for use as a TV and radio studio, returning to a legitimate theater about a decade later.The Biltmore stood dark for years after a fire in the late '80s and was finally was bought by James Nederlander and Stewart Lane in 1993. Eventually the non-profit Manhattan Theatre Club, which took over the Biltmore Theatre as a Broadway venue for their productions, began a $35 million renovation of the theater, finally reopening it to the public in October 2003.

Best Seats at the Biltmore Theatre:

With the renovations completed, the Biltmore Theatre now only holds 650 seats, with front mezzanine being the best view lines, though there are very few obstructed views in the house.


By Subway:
Take the A, C, E or 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, S subway to 42nd Street. Walk north on Broadway to 47th Street.

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

Previous Shows:

The opening show at the Biltmore Theatre in 1926 was Owen Davis’ Easy Come, Easy Go, though it was not the show’s opening night.Subsequent notable productions included My Sister Eileen, No Exit, The Heiress, Barefoot in the Park, Loot, and Hair. When it finally reopened in 2003, the Biltmore Theatre's first show was Richard Greenberg’s play The Violet Hour.

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Seating Chart

Theatre Seating Chart for the Biltmore Broadway Theatre