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Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York
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Lucille Lortel Theatre Capacity

The Lucille Lortel Theatre has a capacity of 295 seats.Use our interactive seating chart to view 0 seat reviews and 0 photos of views from seat.

The Lucille Lortel Theatre is a small and intimate venue, in keeping with its Off-Broadway status. Seating is split between the larger Orchestra and the smaller Mezzanine upstairs. The Orchestra has thirteen rows (A-N) divided into Left, Right and Center, and the Mezzanine has four rows, A-D.

The size of the theater means that the view from seat is generally good wherever you choose to sit. Be aware that the rake in the Orchestra is quite flat so shorter theatergoers might find the view from the back rows variable depending on who is sat in front.

Venue Overview

The Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York has been in continuous operation since the 1950s, and its success can be traced back to a birthday gift from husband to wife.

Originally a movie theater, the venue was built in 1926 and converted for performance in the 1950s. After a slightly rocky start, the Theatre De Lys hit its stride with a production of The Threepenny Opera, which ran for an impressive seven years and won the Tony Award for Best Off-Broadway Show.

In 1955, actress and producer Lucille Lortel’s husband acquired the theater as an anniversary present, and it confirmed itself as a venue that put Off-Broadway on the map. Shows from some of the biggest playwrights of the 20th century were programmed, including Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child.

The theater was renamed after Lortel on her 81st birthday in 1981, and when she died in 1999 she left the venue to the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation. This marked the beginning of a new non-profit policy, and the Lucille Lortel Theatre has gone from strength to strength. Anyone wanting to experience some of the best theater in NYC (and maybe boast that you saw it before it hit Broadway) should pay a visit.

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Good Value Seats

Cheap tickets at the Lortel Theatre are located in the back two rows of the Mezzanine and the rear and sides of Orchestra Left and Right. The best value seats are in Orchestra rows E-G, on the Left and Right. These seats are close to the stage without the premium price tag and offer very good views.

Premium Seats

The best views at the Lucille Lortel Theatre are in the Center Orchestra, rows B-D. The stage is not too high so sitting close guarantees a fantastic view of the action from a comfortable position. These seats are especially good for plays, where fine details and nuanced acting add to the experience.

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