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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre New York

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About the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

When real estate magnates the Chanin Brothers built a three-theater complex in 1927, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (then the Royale) was the middle sibling between the larger Majestic Theatre and smaller Theatre Masque (now the John Golden Theatre). It was renamed after Jacobs, former president of the Shubert Organization, in 2005.

Architect Herbert J. Krapp unified the complex with a Spanish-inspired design, but the Bernard B. Jacobs isn’t simply a copy: inside, visitors can enjoy the venue’s unique Lovers of Spain mural (by Willy Pogany) which spreads across the support arches. What is most notable about this theater however is its size, perfectly versatile for both drama and musicals.

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre has long been successful, with a varied and lively slate. Stars including Laurence Olivier and Bette Davis performed here, and Julie Andrews’ Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954) took place on the Bernard B. Jacobs stage. Other notable productions include the long-running Grease (1972-1980), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1982), Speed the Plow (1988), and The Color Purple (2015).

Know Before You Go
• Children under four are not permitted into the theatre
• Restrooms serving the whole theater are below the Orchestra
• Drinks at the bar can be expensive; consider setting a budget beforehand
• Bag checks may be in operation; leave plenty of time to reach your seat

Map and Address

242 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is located at 242 West 45th Street, just around the corner from Times Square and on a busy theater block that’s also home to the Shubert Theatre and Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Nearby, there are also plenty of tourist hotspots, hotels and restaurants to check off your list. The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre’s central location makes it easily accessible by a variety of transport options in New York, including buses and the subway system. Those who prefer to drive themselves will also find garages nearby.
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