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Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts in NYC

The Lincoln Center is a large theater complex located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

The Lincoln Center is located on the West side of Manhattan and the complex stretches from 62nd to 65th Streets, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.

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The various buildings that make up the "Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts" have housed many famous theatrical and musical productions over the years. The complex is home to a Broadway theater, Off-Broadway theater, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic. The Lincoln Center is the epicenter of NYC cultural life and has hosted some of the greatest artists and finest performances in the world. It recently began the process of naming each of its buildings to raise money for its mission.
Lincoln Center Building Map

Lincoln Center History and Background:

First developed from urban tenements on the Upper West Side in Manhattan in the 1950s and officially named the "Lincoln Square Renewal Project" by Robert Moses, the Lincoln Center gradually became New York City's most impressive cultural destination as new theaters, schools, and cultural institutions began to open in the complex. Handsome theaters and performance spaces like Avery Fisher Hall, New York State Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera House are part of Lincoln Center, as are educational institutions Fordham University and the Juilliard School. Lincoln Center even has its own Broadway theater, the Vivian Beaumont Theater, and Off-Broadway theater, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Other highlights of Lincoln Center include the New York Library of Performing Arts, the Walter Reade movie theater, and Damrosch Park, the outdoor performance area where the Big Apple Circus pitches its tent each year.

A Breakdown of Each Of The Performance-Art Buildings and Spaces at The Lincoln Center:

The Lincoln Center Theatre is actually made up of three theatres:

- Vivian Beaumont Theatre
- Newhouse Theatre
- The Claire Tow Theater
Famous Shows At This Theater: The King and I
War Horse
South Pacific
House of Blue Leaves
Vivian Beaumont Broadway Theatre
The Vivian Beaumont Theater
Opened in October 1965, The Vivian Beaumont Theater in the Lincoln Center Theatre is the largest of the three with 1,100 seats. This theatre is the only one of the three that is counted as an official Broadway theatre space. Designed by the renowned architect Eero Saarinen and named for Vivian Beaumont Allen, a prominent New York philanthropist, the Beaumont was originally the home of the now-defunct Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, which closed in 1973 after nine seasons. In the past, the Beaumont was mostly rented to outside producers or was not used at al, but now it enjoys a full schedule of top quality shows that are managed by the Lincoln Center.
Famous Shows At This Theater:
The King and I
The Little Foxes
The House of Blue Leaves
War Horse
South Pacific
Anything Goes

The Vivian Beaumont Theater
The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
This theatre opened in November 1967 and is located in the lower level of the Vivian Beaumont Theater part of the building at the Lincoln Center Theater. The space was originally called the Forum during the period of the now-defunct Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center and has 299 seats.
Famous Shows At This Theater:
The Babylon Line
The Royale
The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
The Claire Tow Theater
This 112 seat theatre opened in June 2012 and is Lincoln Center Theater's newest production and theater space. It is home to to the more avant-garde productions and a favorite for the work of new artists and its attempting to develop new audiences for new kinds of theater experiences, but often suffers in its ability to satisfy common-folk theatre desires, instead opting for artistic endeavors that often lack popular appeal.
Famous Shows At This Theater:
The Harvest
The Who & The What
The Claire Tow Theater at the Lincoln Center Theater

The Avery Fisher Hall - The New Name: David Geffen Hall

Famous Shows In This Hall
Miles Davis
The Supremes
Simon & Garfunkel
Kirov Orchestra
Bob Dylan in 1964
David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center
The long-term home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the David Geffen Hall is a concert hall in New York City's Lincoln Center. Built in 1962 and originally named Philharmonic Hall, the hall (later renamed to the Avery Fisher Hall, in honor of philanthropist Avery Fisher) was designed for superior audio for orchestral classical music from all its seats.With its 2,738 seat auditorium, the facility was designed by Max Abramovitz and uses a "shoe box" audio design to maximize the orchestral acoustics and deliver superior audio entertainment to its guests. The Hall was famously used by Simon and Garfunkel for their live album in "Live From New York City, 1967"

New York State Theater - The New Name: The David H Koch Theatre

Famous Shows In This Theatre
The Nutcracker
Swan Lake
Sleeping Beauty
Don Quixote
The David H Koch Theatre
The official home of the New York City Ballet. This theatre is best known for housing the annual Nutcracker ballet performed by New York City Ballet. This theatre in was renamed in X after a sponsorship program by David H Koch for X dollars over ten years, The theater is primarily for ballet and modern dance forms and is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Originally named the New York State Theater this venue has been home to various other organizations including American Ballet Theatre and New York City Opera from 1964 to 2011. The theatre received notoriety in Darren Aronofsky's movie Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman.

Metropolitan Opera House

Famous Operas:
Antony & Cleopatra
Figaro’s Wedding
Don Giovanni
The Barber of Seville
La Traviata

Metropolitan Opera House
Located in the center of the Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera (referred to as "the Met") is a 3800 seat grand-size opera house that is the center of Opera in New York City. The organization was founded in 1880 and moved into this purpose built facility in 1960. Architected by Wallace K. Harrison, who reportedly, did not like opera, the venue also has an additional 195 standing room slots available for bargain prices. The lobby has two magnificent 1080 sq-feet murals painted by Marc Chagall, with the world premiere of . The large theater is noted for its excellent acoustics. Given its ample back stage area, the Opera house is able to house multiple shows at once.

Damrosch Park

Attractions In The Park:
Big Apple Circus
Cirque du Soleil
New York Fashion Week
Lincoln Center Festival

Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center
Damrosch Park is a 2.4-acre park at the back of The Lincoln Center campus in New York City. The park was named after the Damrosch family of musicians, who lived from 1862 to 1950. The park has a band shell where outside musical performances can take place. Damrosch park is also used as a spillover from Bryant Park for other large events such as New York Fashion Week, Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil - where these events take up the whole of the park, causing local residents to complain that the park is not adhering to its mission statement of being "an open space of which all New Yorkers can enjoy".

Lincoln Center Design:

The massive Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex covers several blocks. The main entrance is a beautiful sight, featuring the gorgeous Metropolitan Opera House's distinctive arches and Chagall murals in the background, and Lincoln Center's famous fountain in the foreground. Every theater in the complex has its own special charm, and many of them are breathtakingly beautiful inside. The complex does have a reputation for being rather forbidding and almost fortress-like on the outside, which led to the "transformation" effort that is opening up Lincoln Center structurally so that it is better integrated with its Upper West Side neighborhood.

Directions to The Lincoln Center:

By subway, take the 1 to the 66th Street/Lincoln Center stop.