Walter Kerr Theatre capacity
The Walter Kerr Theatre has a capacity of 905 seats.
Section capacities are
521 Orchestra , 316 Mezzanine and 68 Balcony.
Use our interactive seating chart to view 270 seat reviews and 239 photos of views from seat.
The Walter Kerr Theatre first opened in 1921 as the Ritz Theatre, part of the Shubert Brothers’ impressive portfolio of Broadway venues. After a varied history including time spent as a radio station, the venue was renamed after theater critic Walter Kerr in 1990. It has since become known for its impressive programming which has seen four Pulitzer Prize-winning plays - and a multitude of Tony Award-winning plays - grace the stage.
Eminent theater designer Herbert J. Krapp conceived the Walter Kerr Theatre’s Italian Renaissance-inspired décor, which includes gold leaf and rich-colored accents around the Boxes and lighting fixtures. The venue is quite small, lending itself well to an intimate ambiance for plays rather than large musicals. After time as a TV and radio studio for the likes of NBC and ABC, the theater reopened in 1970 and was eventually restored to its former glory by Jujamcyn in the 1980s.
As the Ritz, the theater welcomed productions including Mary Stuart (1921) and the Federal Theatre Project’s work. However, it is best known for housing work by great playwrights including August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle and Tony Kushner’s award-winning Angels in America. More recent productions include The Seagull (2008) with Kristen Scott-Thomas, The Crucible (2016) with Ben Whishaw and Sophie Okonedo, and Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway residency (2017-18).
With a capacity of 975 seats, the Walter Kerr Theatre is a smaller venue. Its seating chart is spread across the Orchestra, Mezzanine and a small Balcony where views can be quite steep and restricted. The best seats are in the front rows of the Center Orchestra, and although views become more restricted in the back rows and corners, the auditorium size means sightlines in the Orchestra and Mezzanine are generally very good. There are surprisingly clear sightlines across the Mezzanine in particular, where patrons can find good value seating.
• Children under four are not admitted into the theater
• Step-free accessible seating in the Orchestra
• Merchandise is available at the booth on Orchestra level
• No coat check, but staff may be able to take large bags upon request
• Bars stop serving five minutes before performances start
Good value seats
Center Mezzanine, where sightlines are impressively clear from front to back. The latter represent the best value seats in this venue.
The front two rows of the Center Mezzanine, C and D, are the most expensive in the Walter Kerr Theatre. Seats here don’t feel too far below the stage, and sitting extremely close is an advantage when watching actors perform in the theater’s many well-received plays. These rows are a good bet for those looking for the best views in Walter Kerr Theatre.