Directions & Box Office
- Directions: 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.
- Entrance: 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Ave 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.
- Box Office Hours:
- 9am - 8pm
- 9am - 10pm
Best Seats In The House
- Seats: 1801
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.
Parking for New Amsterdam Theatre
The closest parking garages for New Amsterdam Theatre are located at:
- Kinny System
- 264 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
- Imperial Parking
- 315 West 42nd 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 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.
Landlord: Disney Theatrical Productions
Official Ticketer: Ticketmaster
Notes: Disney paid millions to restore this beautiful theater, where it now houses its shows.
Disabled Access Notes:
Wheelchair accessible seating can be located in the rear of the Orchestra and Mezzanine sections and do not require steps to reach. In order to reach Mezzanine seating use the elevator located in the lobby.
Now Playing Aladdin
- Opened: November 16, 2006
- Show Closed: March 3, 2013
New Amsterdam Theatre History
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.
New Amsterdam Theatre Design
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.