Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York

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The Brooks Atkinson Theatre has a capacity of 1029 seats, including 583 seats in the Orchestra, 156 seats in the Front Mezzanine and 290 seats in the Rear Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 104 seat reviews and 95 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre, originally the Mansfield Theatre, was built in 1926 by the Chanin Brothers. Between 1945 and 1960, it was leased to CBS as a television studio. When it returned to operating as a theater, it was renamed after the prolific New York Times drama critic, Brooks Atkinson. Its performance history covers dramas, comedies and musicals.

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre was originally designed by Herbert J. Krapp using Spanish influences. From the outside, small but unique details frame the windows and twisting columns beneath. Inside, the auditorium feels bright thanks to gold and white paint and elaborate murals above the stage. The theater’s original chandelier was also restored to its former glory during renovations in 2000.

Since opening, the Brooks Atkinson Theatre has seen stars including Glenn Close, Derek Jacobi and Richard Dreyfuss tread the boards. Notable productions over the years include Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn (1961), the Tony Award-winning Noises Off (1983) and Sara Bareilles’ hit musical, Waitress (2016-present).

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre has a capacity of 1,069 seats across three levels, with just over half in the Orchestra. The Orchestra seating chart is divided into Left, Right and Center sections with views best towards the front and middle. In every section, double-digit seats towards the sides are more restricted. The Front Mezzanine’s central seats are very popular because of the elevated yet close sightlines they offer, whilst the Rear Mezzanine is the cheapest area of seating in the theater, where patrons will be most distant from the stage. However, sightlines across all three levels are, by and large, unobstructed. Boxes are available for side-on, private seating.

Tips

• Children under four are not permitted into the theater
• Step-free access is available from the street to Orchestra seats
• Accessible seating is located in the Orchestra and Front Mezzanine
• There is no cloakroom; if bags are too big, they won’t be allowed into the theater
• All three floors are served by one bar in the Mezzanine, which gets very busy

Good value seats

Seats in the Center Orchestra, rows E-L, are a bit cheaper than the premium seats in front, and are still close enough to take in details. In the elevated sections, the last couple of rows of the Front Mezzanine aren’t obstructed by a Balcony overhang, and the first two rows of the Rear Mezzanine offer clear views at good value.

Premium seats

The best seats in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre are in the Center Orchestra, rows AAA-D. In particular, rows B-D aren’t too close to the stage, and provide a comfortable angle to enjoy the overall staging in productions. Row A of the Mezzanine is also a premium section with a wide overhead view. The best views in Brooks Atkinson Theatre can be found in either of these spots.

Recent seat reviews

Orchestra B9
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whatbakingcando 5"6, 135 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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Brooks Atkinson Theatre Orchestra B9 view from seat photo

Good view - if sitting on the side this is definitely the better side to pick, as the other has occasional set pieces in the way. The stage is slightly high but from this row doesn't cause much of an issue. There is one moment where you do miss the actors... More

Saw Waitress Waitress on 22 September 2019

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Orchestra Q109
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ryandawe 5"8, 327 reviews
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Brooks Atkinson Theatre Orchestra Q109 view from seat photo

Ended up being sat in the seat a row in front which was MUCH better. This was a rush ticket purchase so not one chosen. (This picture was taken when I still had the chance to without someone in front so could make it look better than what it is) You're... More

Saw Waitress Waitress on 09 November 2017

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Rear Mezzanine K103
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LucasB 176cm, 34 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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Brooks Atkinson Theatre Rear Mezzanine K103 view from seat photo

You are a bit cramped up there, and the legroom is veeeeery limited but you do have a perfect view of the whole stage with zero obstruction. It's one of the cheap seats so if you want to see the show for the millionth time (like I did!) without spending... More

Saw Waitress Waitress on 22 August 2019

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