Directions & Box Office
- Directions: By Subway, take the C/E to 50th Street, walk south on Eight Avenue and then turn left onto 48th Street. Or take the 1 to 50th Street, walk south on Broadway and then make a right onto 48th Street.
- Entrance: 48th Street, between 8th Ave and Broadway. North side of the street. The Walter Kerr Theatre is located on 48th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.
- Box Office Hours:
- Monday - Saturday:
- 10am - 8pm
- 12pm - 6pm
Best Seats In The House
- Seats: 947
The mid-center section of the orchestra is ideal. The mezzanine has a very steep rake, so most of the seats offer a clear view, but the rear section feels quite far away from the action. There is also a third tier, where two rows of seats in the front are sold. At $26 a pop, these seats are perfect for the cash-strapped, but keep in mind that the reason they're so cheap is that they offer a better view of the theater's ceiling than the stage.
Parking for Walter Kerr Theatre
The closest parking garages for Walter Kerr Theatre are located at:
- Central Parking System
- 155 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
- ICON Clarity 47 Parking
- 145-155 W 47th Street
New York, NY 10019
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: Jujamcyn Theaters
Official Ticketer: Telecharge
Notes:Named for the beloved New York theater critic.
Disabled Access Notes:
The Orchestra level is almost entirely comprised of wheelchair accessible seating, with the exception of rows R and S.
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Walter Kerr Theatre History
The Walter Kerr Theatre was only fairly recently given its new name, that of the beloved former New York Timesdrama critic. When it first opened in 1921, the theater was called the Ritz and housed plenty of hit plays, some notable revivals, and even a few productions from the Federal Theatre Project during the Great Depression, but few of the shows that debuted at the Ritz are well-remembered today. From the late '30s and on into the '70s, the theater went through an identity crisis, being used alternately as a radio and TV studio, a performance space, and, at one point, a movie house named the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Theatre. Since becoming the Walter Kerr in 1990, this theater has given us some of our greatest contemporary dramas. Four of the plays in August Wilson's ambitious 10-play cycle have been here: The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, and most recently the final installment, Gem of the Ocean. Acclaimed works like Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Take Me Out were all produced here, as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Proof and Doubt. The Walter Kerr Theatre's crown jewel has undoubtedly been Tony Kushner's Angels in America, the epic two-part drama which for a year ran in repertory here to great success.
Walter Kerr Theatre Design
Architect Herbert J. Krapp designed the Walter Kerr Theatre (then the Ritz) in the Italian Renaissance style. When Jujamcyn bought the theater in the early 1980s, they put it through two major refurbishments, not only re-making it into a legitimate Broadway house but also restoring the gorgeous interior, which has sumptuous colors, captivating designs, and moody lighting that creates a candle-lit effect inside the theater. The men's and women's restrooms, which are adequate (containing a decent number of stalls), are inconveniently situated on opposite landings between the orchestra and mezzanine levels. Outside, there are two cheesy yet charming marquees proclaiming in colorful lights that this is indeed the Walter Kerr Theatre.