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The Winter Garden Theatre Orchestra is larger than average for a Broadway venue with seats set out across three sections. The Left, Center and Right Orchestras are divided by aisles running the full length of the 23 rows, which at their widest reach 59 seats across. The Mezzanine overhang starts relatively far back at row O; seats behind this might experience cut-off at the very top of the stage.
Views are generally favorable, although patrons should note that sitting farther out in the Left and Right Orchestra seats will result in a more restricted, side-on view. The rake is also quite gentle, so shorter patrons may be obstructed by the person in front. The best seats are central, a few rows back; patrons in rows C-K can avoid a sustained upward gaze to the stage while still experiencing the live music and action close-up.
The Orchestra is step-free, and wheelchair spaces are spread across the section with seats available for companions. Several transfer seats with folding armrests are also dotted around the Orchestra. To the left and right, Box seating is available for a more private experience. However, views can be restricted by the angle.
Left OrchestraThe Left Orchestra seating is allocated with odd numbers, starting at 1 and extending as far as 39 on the outside. Patrons should initially aim for seats lower than 27; further out can restrict views of the left side of the stage. Legroom in this section is a bit better than average for Broadway theaters, although for the best comfort look for seats in row A or on the aisles. Views from front to back are generally considered to be good, although the rake is not as steep as other venues, so patrons’ views may sometimes be affected by a taller theatergoer in front of them. Views towards the back and sides of the Left Orchestra are not as good as those at the front and inside (lower numbered seats), and prices reflect this. Lower and Upper Boxes are adjacent to this side of the Orchestra. They offer elevated and private views, but the left side of the stage will be cut off somewhat.
Right OrchestraSeats in the Right Orchestra move even-numbered from 2 on the inside up to 42 at the outside. Like the Left Orchestra, theatergoers looking for more legroom should opt for row A or aisle seats, namely on the inner side of the section. The best views run from a couple of rows back and towards the center, with sights of the right-hand side of the stage becoming more restricted in higher numbered seating. For a good balance between distance, comfort and price, rows midway back run cheaper than the premium front seats. Prices tend to decrease diagonally out towards the back and sides. Similarly to the Left Orchestra, Lower and Upper Boxes sit above and to the side of this area, balancing a restricted view of the right side of the stage with a more comfortable and intimate setting.
Center OrchestraThe Center Orchestra makes up one continuous section of 23 rows, with higher-numbered seats running left to right from 120-101. The front section of the Center Orchestra contains the highest priced seats with clear, unobstructed views of the stage. Whilst row A and even B may be too close for some patrons, sitting further back is still a great view. Once past row K, prices also become a bit cheaper. Aisle seats on either end of the Center Orchestra don’t have the same problems as those at the extreme ends of the Left and Right Orchestras, with extra legroom complemented by a clear, head-on sightline to enjoy the onstage spectacle.
SeatPlan’s best views of the stageSome of the best seats in the house are across the Center Orchestra, rows C-K. Patrons can expect a clear view, without having to spend the performance looking up at the stage.
Best legroom seatsAcross the whole Orchestra, the best legroom is in row A and on aisles. To make the most of a good view, aisle seats a couple of rows back towards the middle are best.
Tips• Designated wheelchair and companion seats are spread across the Orchestra
• Seats at the extreme left and right are more restricted
• Aim for an aisle seat on the inside to make the most of legroom and a premium view
• Center Orchestra rows C-K offer the best views
• A gentle rake may mean taller patrons obstruct your view at times
• The overhang starts at row O in the Orchestra
PricingSeats in the Center Orchestra are among the most expensive in the house, with the priciest resting in the front few rows. Expect to spend less towards the back and especially at extreme ends of the Left and Right Orchestra.
The Winter Garden Theatre bar is towards the back of Orchestra level, with concessions available in the main lobby. Prices can be expensive so exercise your own judgement before purchasing.
An ADA compliant restroom is accessible from the Orchestra, along with more restrooms for both men and women. The women’s restroom in the lobby also has a seating area and benefits from ten stalls, although lines can get very long during the interval.