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Lena Horne Theatre New York

About the Lena Horne Theatre

The Lena Horne 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 and when it returned to operating as a theater in 1960, it was renamed after the prolific New York Times drama critic, Brooks Atkinson. In 2022, it was renamed for actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne, becoming the first Broadway theater to be named after a Black woman and one of three named after a Black artist - alongside the August Wilson Theatre and James Earl Jones Theatre.

The Lena Horne 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 Lena Horne 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), Sara Bareilles’ hit musical, Waitress (2016-2020).

Know Before You Go
• Children under four are not permitted into the theater
• 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

Map and Address

256 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

The Lena Horne Theatre is located at 256 West 47th Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Broadway and Times Square. Its central location means it enjoys the same convenience as many New York theaters; there are numerous restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions within a few blocks that are perfect for a day’s entertainment or an evening meal. Getting to Lena Horne Theatre is easy as it is close to busy subway stations and bus stops for those traveling in.
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