Al Hirschfeld Theatre seating chart
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre has a capacity of 1342 seats, including 676 seats in the Orchestra and 666 seats in the Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 25 seat reviews and 16 photos of views from seat.
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, originally the Martin Beck Theatre, first opened on West 45th Street in 1924. The creation of vaudeville theatre owner Martin Beck, it was the only venue on Broadway that opened with no mortgage at the time. In 2003 the theater was renamed to commemorate celebrity caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, who died the previous year.
Beck wanted the theater to be eye-catching; architect G. Albert Lansburgh was brought in to create an opulent, grand venue with Byzantine influences across the ceilings, columns and doorways. Following its renaming, the hallways and lobbies were updated to contain permanent exhibitions of Hirschfeld’s work.
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is known for its 200 dressing rooms; plenty of space for the numerous musicals and plays the venue has welcomed over the years including Saint Joan (1936), Dracula (1976), and Into the Woods (1987). More recently, Daniel Radcliffe (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 2011) and Christina Applegate (Sweet Charity, 2005) have trodden the boards, alongside hit musicals Elf (2010-2011; 2012) and Kinky Boots (2013-2019).
There is a 1,437-seat capacity in the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, spread across the ground-level Orchestra and the Mezzanine above. The Orchestra is only marginally larger than the Mezzanine, with each split into Left, Center and Right sections. An excellent view from seat is afforded from the mid-front of the Center Orchestra and the front rows of the Center Mezzanine. Due to the width of the auditorium, the sides of both levels of seating offer more partial views of the stage. Those sitting in the far rows and corners of the Mezzanine will experience below average – albeit much cheaper and somewhat panoramic – views than the rest of the seating chart.
Tips• Coat check in the Orchestra lobby costs $3 per item
• Bars are on both levels and drinks can be taken back to your seat
• The women’s restroom is a flight of stairs below the Orchestra; queues get long during the intermission
• Step-free access from the street into accessible seating
• Programs and merchandise are sold on both seating levels
Good value seats
Depending on your budget, there are various options for good value seating. The middle rows of the Center Mezzanine have an aerial view of the stage below for less than the premium front rows, whilst seats towards the inside of the Left and Right Orchestra don’t sit at too much of an angle to the stage.
The best seats in Al Hirschfeld Theatre are across the front rows of the Center Orchestra and Center Mezzanine. In particular, row C of the Orchestra is excellent for a comfortable yet intimate night out, and row A of the Center Mezzanine is unrivalled for its expansive overhead views.