New Amsterdam Theatre Capacity
The New Amsterdam Theatre has a capacity of 1722 seats. Section capacities are 702 Orchestra, 618 Mezzanine and 418 Balcony. Use our interactive seating chart to view 153 seat reviews and 134 photos of views from seat.
When it opened in 1903, the New Amsterdam Theatre was the largest on Broadway. Originally owned by production team Klaw and Erlanger, the theater changed hands a number of times during the 20th century and was a movie house for around 40 years. The Disney Theatrical Company has been the leaseholder since the 1990s.
The theater is instantly recognizable for its quirky, 11-story silhouette, and inside it remains unique. A beautiful painted arch with light green accents is still visible even now, and the stage was one of the largest of its time – making it a fitting choice for the Disney Theatrical Company, who hired architect Hugh Hardy to restore the venue in the 1990s.
The New Amsterdam Theatre opened with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1903), followed over the years by various Ziegfeld Follies revues which showcased contemporary talents. Since reopening in 1997, it has been home to a number of hit Disney productions including its longest-running show, The Lion King (1997-2006) which now runs at the Minskoff Theatre.
With an approximate 1,800-seat capacity, the New Amsterdam Theatre is split across a large Orchestra and the elevated Mezzanine and Balcony above. The Orchestra offers good views, especially in the middle of the Center section where patrons are directly in front of the stage. The Mezzanine has similarly clear sightlines and some patrons will prefer sitting here for an elevated, sweeping angle of the bright and vibrant sets. Seats on the far sides of the auditorium tend to be more restricted, especially in the high and steep Balcony which also has more features cutting into sightlines such as structural poles and safety railings.
• Step-free seating from the street into the rear Orchestra
• An elevator is available up to the Mezzanine and Balcony levels
• Booster seats for children are available on a first-come, first-served basis
• The bar is quite small and is located near the lobby
• Bag searches are in operation and all large bags must be stored in coat check
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Good value seats
There are a few options for good value seating in New Amsterdam Theatre. Rows a bit further back in the Orchestra or Mezzanine offer decent views for a lower price, and booster seats are available to make sure children can still see the stage clearly. Row A of the Center Balcony is another fair option for those on a budget; although it is very high and feels distant, the stage is perfectly visible.
Seats in rows D-L of the Center Orchestra are near-perfect: not too close to the stage, they allow patrons to take in the spectacular sets and well-loved Disney classics from a comfortable angle. Rows A and B of the Center Mezzanine are also premium options thanks to their elevated and wide views. These sections offer the best views in New Amsterdam Theatre.