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New Amsterdam Broadway Theatre

The New Amsterdam Theatre was opened on in 1903 by producers Klaw and Erlanger

New Amsterdam Theatre

214 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
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The New Amsterdam Theatre is located on the south side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue. It is number 35 on The Broadway Map

The New Amsterdam Theatre was designed by architects Herts and Tallant in the Art Nouveau style. The building was eleven stories and contained two theaters (one of which was on the roof), as well as very elaborate lobbies and lounges. The stage was the largest ever designed for a legitimate theater. In 1994, architect Hugh Hardy was hired to restore the New Amsterdam. The essential architecture has been preserved, including the theater's elaborately painted arch and ornate friezes. The lobbies have been decorated with intricate carvings and Shakespearean wall reliefs.

Best Seats In The House:
As with most large theaters, the best seats are in the center orchestra and front mezzanine. The worst view is from any one of the twelve box seats, which provide poor sightlines to the stage. The stage is clearly visible from the balcony, but those with a fear of heights should avoid New Amsterdam's balcony seats, as the rows are steep and very high up.


The entrance to the New Amsterdam Theatre is on street level. There is a large lobby and concession area on the main level. Restrooms are down a spiral staircase or by the elevator.
New Amsterdam Broadway Theatre

New Amsterdam Theatre Background:

The New Amsterdam Theatre was opened in 1903 by the producers Klaw and Erlanger. Musicals and classic repertory were the basics of the theater in its early years. In 1937, the New Amsterdam was the last legitimate theater on 42nd Street. The estate of Abe Erlanger turned it over to Dry Dock Savings, which in turn sold the theater to Max Cohen, who agreed never to house burlesque. The theater was turned into a movie house and, through its forty years, never showed a pornographic movie. In 1979, the interior of the New Amsterdam Theatre was declared a landmark, but the theater continued to decline. The Nederlander Organization bought it in 1982. Then, in 1992, the 42nd Street Development Project bought the New Amsterdam Theatre and, along with Disney Company, restored it. Disney provided $36 million for the restoration and received a 49-year lease on the New Amsterdam.

Previous Shows at the New Amsterdam Theatre:

The New Amsterdam Theatre was known as the home of the Ziegfield Follies from 1913 through 1927. In the 1930s, Fred and Adele Astaire made their last joint appearance in the revue The Band Wagon. After the 1997 restoration, Disney’s The Lion King opened and won several Tony awards. When The Lion King moved to the Minskoff, Mary Poppins took its place at the New Amsterdam.

Take the A, C or E or 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R or S subway to 42nd St Times Square. The New Amsterdam Theatre is across the street from the Hilton Theatre and the American Airlines Theatre.

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Seating Map for the New Amsterdam Theatre:

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