Golden Theatre Capacity
The Golden Theatre has a capacity of 802 seats. Section capacities are 465 Orchestra, 110 Front Mezzanine and 227 Rear Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 124 seat reviews and 114 photos of views from seat.
The John Golden Theatre, originally the Theatre Masque, first opened in 1927 as a new addition to the Chanin Brothers’ portfolio of Broadway venues. It was renamed after actor, playwright and producer John Golden when he assumed ownership of the theater from 1937-46.
As part of a three-theater complex including the large Majestic Theatre and mid-size Royale Theatre (now the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre), the Golden Theatre’s ownership transferred to the Shubert brothers in 1930, and since 1946 it has been owned exclusively by the Shubert Organization. Herbert J. Krapp, a familiar name on Broadway thanks to his prolific work as a theater architect, designed the Golden Theatre with Spanish influences, including spiral columns and arches inside. Its main feature is its small and intimate auditorium, perfect for plays and with impressive views from every seat.
The Golden Theatre opened in 1927 with the rather muted Puppets of Passion, before really hitting its stride in the 1950s and 60s. Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (1956) premiered here, and since then a roster of Pulitzer Prize-winning plays have landed on the Golden’s stage including The Gin Game (1977) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1984). Since the turn of the century, stars including Eddie Redmayne (Red, 2010), Glenn Close (A Delicate Balance, 2014) and Lupita Nyong’o (Eclipsed, 2016) have all trodden the boards at the Golden Theatre, making it a must-visit for anyone wanting to catch Hollywood’s brightest in an intimate drama.
The Golden Theatre is a smaller venue, with around 802 seats spread across the ground-floor Orchestra and the Front and Rear Mezzanines. The Orchestra is the largest section, with three blocks of seats divided by aisles. Although the best views are from the central part of the Orchestra, even seats at the sides are much better than expected at this venue. In the elevated balcony, the Front Mezzanine is very popular for its close but sweeping sightlines, whilst the cheaper Rear Mezzanine is surprisingly good value for money, with no seat feeling too distant or obstructed.
• Children under four are not permitted into the theater
• No accessible restroom; patrons can use one in the adjacent Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
• Step-free access from street level to the Orchestra
• Coat check is available, but doesn’t accept strollers or furs
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Good value seats
There are plenty of good value seats in the small and intimate Golden Theatre, with the very reasonably priced Rear Mezzanine and row D in the Front Mezzanine great choices for theatergoers on a budget. The back half and sides of the Orchestra are also cheaper than premium and benefit from the venue’s intimate size.
The front rows in the Center Orchestra offer unparalleled close-up views, with premium seats extending as far back as row K. Rows A and B in the Front Mezzanine are also excellent, with comprehensive yet detailed sightlines for patrons who prefer a bit of distance.