Directions & Box Office
- Directions: Take the 1 subway to 50th street. Walk south to 47th street, then east to the theater.
- Entrance: Broadway, between 46th and 47th Street The Palace Theatre is located on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and 47th Street.
- Box Office Hours:
- Monday - Saturday:
- 10am - 8pm
- Noon - 6pm
Best Seats In The House
- Seats: 1743
The Palace Theatre has a seating capacity of about 1,740 seats. As with other theaters of this size, sitting in the center orchestra or front mezzanine is recommended. The view from the first row of the balcony may be blocked by a large horizontal bar, so sitting in the rows behind the first row is recommended for the balcony. As always, box seats are not recommended, as they do not provide a clear view of the stage.
Parking for Palace Theatre
The closest parking garages for Palace Theatre are located at:
- Q P Theater Lots LLC
- 223 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
- Icon Parking Systems
- 164 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 Palace Theatre is one of the few Broadway theaters actually located on Broadway itself. In the past, the theatre has struggled to keep Broadway shows afloat for longer than a year because of its central location. The theatre is perfectly located for tourists, as it is just across the street from the TDF TKTS ticket stand in Times Square. This advantage is also its biggest drawback in getting locals out to see a show at this theatre because both The Palace and The Marquis Theatre can be a nightmare to get through the throngs of tourist traffic that are turning Times Square into an impassable thoroughfare that no self respecting New Yorker wants to attempt to navigate.
Landlord: Nederlander Organization
Official Ticketer: Ticketmaster
Notes: The Palace Theater is undergoing a major reconstruction and will now be part of the TSX Broadway building, a large project in the middle of Times Square. The New York City Council signed off on a massive redevelopment of the site in early 2018 and the site of the former Palace Theatre and the Doubletree hotel will look very different when the construction is completed in late 2021. The official story is that the theater itself will be raised about 30 feet and the TSX Broadway building will be built around it, but it appears from the approved plans that the theatre is really just being mostly demolished and then reconstructed inside a massive new structure that will house premium shopping, hotels, dining and a mall. In addition to the Palace Theatre, a 4,000-square-foot performance venue is also set to be built that will be suspended 30 feet above the street on Times Square, which will make this a permanent outdoor stage in Times Square. This new 46-story complex is now known as TSX Broadway. The Nederlander Organization will continue to operate the Palace theater separate from the rest of the TSK Broadway project. Although the theatre will only be raised about 30 feet, it will now be located on the 5th floor, so you try to figure out the math. The TSX Broadway development has over 75,000 square feet of retail space over 10 floors, with most of that above the theater. The main tower houses the 669-room hotel. The project cost $2.4 Billion and will be finished in 2021.
Disabled Access Notes:
The theatre is fully accessible and provides an elevator to the left of the stage. Call in advance in order to ensure that accessible seating is provided.
No show scheduled to open at this theatre.
The Spongebob Musical
- Opened: December 4, 2017
- Show Closed: September 16, 2018
- Opened: February 9, 2017
- Show Closed: June 25, 2017
The Illusionists: Turn of the Century (2016)
- Opened: November 25, 2016
- Show Closed: January 1, 2017
An American in Paris
- Opened: April 12, 2015
- Show Closed: October 9, 2016
- Opened: April 29, 2007
- Show Closed: October 19, 2008
- Opened: March 23, 2000
- Show Closed: September 5, 2004
Palace Theatre History
The Palace Theatre opened as a vaudeville house in 1913. It was conceived by theatre impresario Martin Beck, who lost control of 75% of the Palace by the time it opened, but kept control of the booking of acts. During the vaudeville era, the Palace Theatre had such stars as Harry Houdini, W.C. Fields, and the Marx Brothers grace its stage, but from the 1930s on it struggled for survival. For many years, the Palace was a movie house, until the Nederlander Organization bought it in 1965 and restored the theater to legitimacy.
Palace Theatre Design
The Palace Theatre, which was originally attached to a 12-story office building, was designed by architects Kirchoff and Rose. The façade is an example of Beaux Arts style. The original auditorium was decorated with lavish ornamental plasterwork, and the outer lobby was decorated with marble and bronze fittings. A major renovation in 1965 was done by the famed scene designer Ralph Alswang. The Palace Theatre was restored again in the 1980s when its old office building was replaced by the skyscraper Embassy Suites Hotel. A new entrance and Broadway marquee were designed by architects Fox & Fowle.