Imperial Theatre Tours
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Located in the Theater District, the Imperial Theatre was the Shubert Organization’s fiftieth venue in New York and was constructed as a replacement for the Lyric Theatre, which was converted to a movie theater and later demolished. Opened in 1923, the Imperial Theatre has been home to some of Broadway’s biggest hits.
The Imperial Theatre has housed some of the biggest productions in musical theater: In its early years, the venue hosted hits by songwriters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Rodgers and Hart. More recently it has also been the home of hits like Oliver!, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, and Les Miserables.
Designed by famed Broadway architect Herbert J. Krapp, the Imperial Theatre has 1,457 seats and features a long entrance and lobby area with a recessed ceiling and ornamental panels. The wide, shallow auditorium lets audience members to feel closer to the stage than in other venues. To see the theater, book tickets to a current performance. The outside of the theater is included on some walking tours of Times Square, Broadway, or the Theater District.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Children under the age of 4 are not permitted inside the theater.
- Cell phones, cameras, recording devices, and other electronic devices cannot be used during performances.
- There are no elevators or escalators in the theater.
- Assistive devices for the hard of hearing and visually impaired are available.
- The theater is not fully wheelchair accessible, but there are designated wheelchair areas.
How to Get There
The Imperial Theatre is located on West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. To reach the theater by subway, take the A, C, or E train to 42 Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal, the N, R, or W train to 49th Street, or the B, D, F, or M train to 47th-50th Streets Rockefeller–Center. You can also reach the theater via an Eighth Avenue bus or any bus line that goes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
When to Get There
The theater’s box office is typically open from late morning through evening Monday–Saturday from noon until early evening on Sunday. If you plan to see a show, arrive early as there may be lines for the box office or concession stands. Latecomers will be seated at the theater’s discretion.
Before or after the show, head to Restaurant Row, a one-block stretch of 46th street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues that is home to a wide variety of restaurants. Popular spots to grab a bite or a drink include Bar Centrale, Barbetta, Becco, Don’t Tell Mama NYC, Joe Allen, Le Rivage, and Sushi of Gari 46.
Address: 249 W 45th St, New York City, New York, USA 10036, USA
Admission Tickets (1)
Recent Reviews from Experiences in New York City
The best show on Broadway
, Feb 2020
Small theatre and an excellent audience contributed to an amazing night. The show was faultless and each member of the cast gave 110%
, Feb 2020
This was an awesome musical. The orchestra was awesome as well as the vocalist and dance routines. The music was invigorating enlightening and just pure fun. Our seats were perfect and the Imperial theatre staff were friendly and efficient. The play started on time and ended on time. This is my second time purchasing tickets on the Viator and I would definitely do it again. Excellent experience.
Great night in New York
, Nov 2019
Show was more than we hoped for. Excellent production. Principles were exceptional, lots of energy and very talented. Large cast but no weak links. Lots of fun. Seats were very high up but no bad seats in the house
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Explore New York City's Theater District on a private 2-hour walking tour that introduces you to backstage stories and insider secrets of the Great White Way. With a private guide, walk through the area around Times Square to see theaters that have been home to legendary performances and Broadway stars. You'll hear about the history of live theater, including the early days of Vaudeville and the creation of the musical.
Most tours of Broadway can be so large, you might have trouble hearing your guide. This New York City Broadway Theater District and Times Square walking tour runs with a small group to offer you a more intimate experience. Hear the backstage stories about the stars of yesterday and today, and visit famous Broadway theaters like the Majestic Theatre, home of the ‘Phantom of the Opera.’
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book Imperial Theatre tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Imperial Theatre can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 Imperial Theatre tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Imperial Theatre 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Imperial Theatre costs USD 67.13. Guided Imperial Theatre tours start around USD 67.13 per person. See all 2 Imperial Theatre tickets and tours on Viator.
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