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Lunt-Fontanne Broadway Theatre

The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was opened in 1910 as the Globe Theatre.

Lunt Fontanne Theatre
205 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10019
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The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is located on the north side of 46th Street, just west of Broadway between Broadway and 8th Avenue. It is number 15 on The Broadway Map


Take the 1/2/3 subway train to 42nd Street. Walk north on Broadway to 46th Street, then west to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Or you can take the A/C/E to 42nd Street, walk north on 8th Avenue to 46th Street, then east to the Lunt-Fontanne.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Background:

The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre originally opened as the Globe Theatre in 1910. It was built by producer Charles Dillingham and designed by famed architects John Merven Carrère and Thomas Hastings. It was named for Shakespeare’s legendary theater in London, though it has been used mainly for modern musicals. When Dillingham lost his money in the 1929 stock market crash, the Globe was sold and, in 1932, turned into a movie theater by the Brandt chain.

City Playhouse Inc. bought the house in 1957 and dubbed it the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, named for America’s most famous husband/wife acting couple, Alfred Lunt & Lynn Fontanne. Until their retirement from the stage in the 1960, the Lunts appeared in over 40 plays, becoming a theatrical institution unto themselves. The Nederlander Organization purchased "their" theater in 1973 and still owns it today.
Lunt-Fontanne Broadway Theatre

Previous Shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre:

The Globe Theatre opened on January 10, 1910 with a production of The Old Town. In 1925, the theater hosted the big hit musical No, No Nanette. After two decades as a movie house, the Globe reopened as the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on May 5, 1958, with the Lunts starring in the drama The Visit. In 1959, The Sound of Music opened starring Mary Martin and won six Tony Awards. In the 1970s, several famous musicals were revived at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, including revivals of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum and Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly! The musical Titanic opened in 1997 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre closed in spring 1999 for renovations. It was reopened in the fall of 1999 to house a transfer of the Disney hit Beauty and the Beast, followed by The Little Mermaid and The Addams Family.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Design:

When the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre opened, it was the called one of Broadway's most beautiful and elegant theaters. The original Globe Theatre’s entrance on Broadway was built into an old brownstone house. When the firm of Roche & Roche remodeled in 1957, they closed the Broadway entrance. The 46th Street entrance has five bay windows topped by cornices. The Globe's original auditorium was done in Italian Renaissance décor. The most dramatic feature was a coved ceiling, painted to resemble the sky which could be opened when the weather permitted. Upon remodeling the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, very little was left of the Globe. An elegant lounge was added and its walls were decorated with mirrors and murals of European opera houses.

Best Seats In The House:
The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre has 1,492 seats and is known for its good sightlines.

The restrooms at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre are located on the basement and mezzanine levels. No handicap accessible facilities available. The concessions are on the main level and mezzanine.

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Seating Map at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre:

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