Directions & Box Office
- Directions: By Subway, take the A,C,E trains to 42nd Street. North 3 blocks to 45th Street and then west to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
- Entrance: 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Ave The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located on the south side of West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.
- Box Office Hours:
- Monday - Saturday:
- 10am - 8pm
- Noon - 6pm
Best Seats In The House
- Seats: 1437
The best seats in the house, with great audio and visual, are in the center orchestra rows E thru L and in the mezzanine rows A thru C. The remaining seats in the theater are good but, far sides and the back of the theatre suffer from poor sightlines, given the size of the theatre. This theatre is best for big production musicals.
Parking for Al Hirschfeld Theatre
The closest parking garages for Al Hirschfeld Theatre are located at:
- Champion Parking On West 45
- 251 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
- West 46 Street Garage LLC
- 303 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.
The restrooms at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre are downstairs and the concession stand is on main level.
Landlord: Jujamcyn Theaters
Official Ticketer: Telecharge
Notes: Formerly the Martin Beck Theatre, renamed for caricaturist Hirschfeld.
Now Playing Kinky Boots
- Opens: July 25, 2019
- Show Closes: Open ended
Al Hirschfeld Theatre History
The Martin Beck Theatre was renamed to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2003. The Beck was originally opened in 1924 by the famous vaudeville impresario Martin Beck. Among his many vaudeville accolades, Martin Beck discovered the illusionist Houdini in 1899, who was performing rudimentary magic tricks in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beck convinced Houdini to focus on his "escape" routines and gave him his start in Beck's chain of Orpheum theaters. Although the business relationship with Houdini would sour years later, Houdini's brother Dash later wrote that Houdini owed all his success to the "astute" Martin Beck. Although Beck was voted out of the presidency of the newly "Public" Orpheum circuit in 1923, Beck remained a potent force in theatrical circles. He opened the impressive Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway in 1924, the only theater in New York on which there was no mortgage. The theatre has continuously operated as a successful Broadway venue since then, without any gaps.
In 2003 the Martin Beck was redubbed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, whose namesake's 100th birthday followed his death in that year. Al Hirschfeld, a famous American caricaturist, is best known for his simple black and white satirical portraits of celebrities and Broadway theatre stars. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre includes an on-going show of Hirschfeld's works.
Al Hirschfeld Theatre Design
When originally built, back in the middle part of the roaring twenties, the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (which was then called the Martin Beck Theatre) was designed to grab the public's attention and was one of the most opulent Broadway theatre of that time.
Using fluted columns, a curved balcony and Byzantine details, the interior of this landmarked theatre was as awe-inspiring as the outside. Since the theatre has dressing rooms for over two hundred actors, the Al Hirschfeld Theatre is ideal for large musicals with big casts and has seen many great productions.