Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York

Seating chart

Brooks Atkinson Theatre seating chart

Brooks Atkinson Theatre Seating Chart

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 18 seat reviews and 20 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.


• 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

Rear Mezzanine M19

markeastaugh 6"1, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes
Brooks Atkinson Theatre M19 view from seat photo

Far corner and felt quite disconnected. Too far for facial expressions but atleast its a clear view. Reason for low comfort rating is this seat is right in the corner and the cold air vent seems to be directed right at it - it was icy and I sat for the... More

Saw Waitress Waitress on 31 December 2018

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Rear Mezzanine E120

Jamb0r 178, 157 reviews, 5 helpful votes
Brooks Atkinson Theatre E120 view from seat photo

This is the front row of the rear mezzanine, so there is no-one in front of you to block your view. I could see the whole stage, the legroom was good and the seat was comfortable. One thing to note - there is a walkway in front of you which was used... More

Saw Waitress Waitress on 28 April 2019

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Rear Mezzanine H118

emgrace 5ft4, 32 reviews, 2 helpful votes
Brooks Atkinson Theatre H118 view from seat photo

A fantastic seat with a whole view of the stage. Considering it’s near the back of the mezzanine, you are still quite close to the action due to the small theatre. You don’t miss anything except a tiny bit of the diner signs that fly in from the top.... More

Saw Waitress Waitress on 27 December 2018

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