Directions & Box Office
- Directions: By Subway, take the 1 to 50th Street, walk south on Broadway and then make a left onto 48th Street. Or take the N/R to 49th Street, walk south on Seventh Avenue, and turn left onto 48th Street.
- Entrance: 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues James Earl Jones Theatre is located on 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue.
- Box Office Hours:
- Monday - Saturday:
- 10am - 8:30pm
- Noon - 6pm
Best Seats In The House
- Seats: 1102
Most of the sightlines are good throughout the theater, but the upper level seating is pretty cramped.
The balcony can be hard to see from, as some rows are on the same level as each other on the Cort Theatre's balcony. In addition, seats on the upper level are small, so getting an aisle seat is recommended. The best seats are in the center orchestra.
Parking for James Earl Jones Theatre
The closest parking garages for James Earl Jones Theatre are located at:
- ICON Clarity 47 Parking
- 145-155 W 47th Street
New York, NY 10019
- ICON Resource Parking
- 164 W 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.
Landlord: Shubert Organization
Official Ticketer: Telecharge
This is one of the few theaters located east of Broadway. This theatre is often considered a 'death house' as the show 'Fish in the Dark" is the only Broadway show in recent history to have recouped its investment while playing there.
James Earl Jones Theatre History
The James Earl Jones Theatre was originally named The Cort Theatre and was renamed in 2022
The theatre opened in 1912 and went through a number of renovations in 1952,, 1974, 1987 and 2022. The theatre was originally named after the man who built it, Seattle-based actor-turned-producer John Cort.
Theatre Renamed From Cort Theatre to James Earl Jones Theatre in 2022
In 2022 the theatre was renamed to the James Earl Jones theatre, in honor of the actor who began his Broadway career in 1957. Jones has received many Tony Awards for his Broadway performances and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tony Awards in 2017.
Primarily a Playhouse
At about 1,000 seats, the theatre has been primarily a playhouse, though perhaps none of the many productions that have been there over the years is as well-known as the debut play, Peg o' My Heart. Other shows that graced this stage, like The Jazz Singer and Room Service, both went on to become memorable movies (the former being the first "talkie" and the latter starring the Marx Brothers)
Notable Moments in the Theatres' History
Esteemed Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman created a sensation at the Cort when she appeared nude onstage in David Hare's The Blue Room at The Cort in 1998 with Iain Glen.
For a while, during its life as the Cort Theatre, it was even home to a beloved television production, "The Merv Griffin Show", when the theater served as a TV studio in the late '60s and early '70s. In 1974, the theatre landlord, the Shubert Organization, renovated the Cort and brought it back to theatrical life again.
2021-2022 Theatre Renovation
In 2021 The Shubert Organization renovated and expanded the Theatre, refurbishing the original structure and adding a new 35-foot-wide expansion on the building's west side. They also added a five-story annex to the theatre. The project was completed in 2022 and the Cort theatre was rename to the James Earl Jones Theatre.
Notable Past Productions 1912 -2000
A number of notable shows have played at this theatre over the years including Peg o' My Heart, Merton of the Movies, The Jazz Singer, Boy Meets Girl, The Male Animal, Cafe Crown and The Rainmaker.
Some award winning shows that have also played here including: The Diary of Anne Frank, Roman Candle, Purlie Victorious, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Magic Show, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Sarafina!, Two Shakespearean Actors, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, An American Daughter, Freak, The Blue Room,
This theatre was also host to the ill-fated Farrah Fawcett in Bobbi Boland
Notable Past Productions 2000 to Present
Some more contemporary shows that played here have been On Golden Pond starring James Earl Jones, The Little Dog Laughed, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, and Time Stands Still.
James Earl Jones Theatre Design
Located on the east side of Broadway, in the upper regions of the Times Square area, the James Earl Jones Theatre Theatre is easy to miss. But once you give it a good look, you'll see it's actually a wonderfully intimate and attractive theater.
The three-tiered Cort Theatre was designed by architect Edward B. Corey. The handsome interior is a soft gold with red seats, and a mural decorates the space above the stage. Beware, the bathrooms at this theater are tiny.