If you’re looking to experience the best of arts and culture on the Upper West Side, look no further than Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts. With performance spaces spread across its massive campus, Lincoln Center is without a doubt one of the best music and theater destinations in NYC. In this post, we’ll provide you with a summary of each theater, with a list of the best annual events at Lincoln Center.
Theaters and Venues of Lincoln Center
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
150 West 65th Street
The Vivian Beaumont Theatre is New York City’s only Broadway-class theater (thus located outside of the Theater District. The building was one of the last structures designed by Finnis architect Eero Saarinen, and is currently the home of Lincoln Center Theater.
The Lincoln Center Theater Shop is located within the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Here you can purchase merchandise from many of the Lincoln Center productions, such as T-shirts, posters, recordings, magnets, mugs, and other souvenirs.
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre
150 West 65th Street
The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater opened to the public in 1967. Located in the lower level of the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the space was originally called the Forum before it was renamed for Mrs. Newhouse in 1973. Today, the Newhouse presents a full season of plays and musicals by notable playwrights. The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater has entrances on Hearst Plaza by the Reflecting Pool and on West 65th Street across from The Juilliard School.
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street
More of a film buff? Then the Walter Reade Theater is your stop at Lincoln Center. With film festivals, retrospectives, special events, and cult favorites, as well as more mainstream movies, this beautiful cinema features stadium seating, a large screen, and excellent acoustics.
Keep in mind it can be tricky to find, and the concession snacks may be somewhat different from what is sold at your typical movie theatre. This can be a plus or a minus, depending on your tastes. I personally find more organic choices to be interesting and delightful, but others may disagree, so be forewarned.
So if you are excited by the idea of artistic and creative films presented in a gorgeous setting, visit the Walter Reade Theater for a unique movie experience.
Avery Fisher Hall
65 Columbus Avenue
This grand concert hall, located at the north end of Lincoln Plaza, is the home of The New York Philharmonic. It opened in 1962 and seats over 2700 people. In addition to their regular programming, Avery Fisher Hall also hosts star-studded galas. On four Saturdays a year, bring your children to enjoy the New York Philharmonic’s classical concerts geared for younger listeners. Avery Fisher Hall also has a lovely outdoor balcony, so take advantage of the comfortable weather and step out for a beverage at intermission!
David H. Koch Theatre
20 Lincoln Square
The magnificent David H. Koch Theatre is the home to the world-renowned New York City Ballet, and it is located on the south side of the main plaza of Lincoln Center. The ornate auditorium is a site to behold, with its five rings of seats, the gold-paneled ceiling, and enormous sparkling chandelier.
The phenomenal New York City Ballet presents both classic works, such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, as well pieces that may be less familiar to audiences.
This annual international ballet gala features both classical and contemporary works from all over the world. Visit the website at www.nycballet.com to learn about the outstanding dancers and the 2012 season.
Alice Tully Hall
Alice Tully Hall has been home to the New York Film Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Performances take place on the Adrienne Arsht Stage in the Starr Theater. In addition to world-class chamber music, Alice Tully Hall hosts numerous virtuoso concerts on its cathedral-sized, Swiss-made pipe organ.
Following a renovation and expansion in 2009, Alice Tully Hall now has a three-story glass lobby which features the Prelude Cafe, owned by Nespresso.
David Rubenstein Atrium
61 West 62nd Street
The David Rubenstein Atrium is a beautiful public space which hosts free events throughout the year. These include word-class performances, lectures, dance parties, programs for kids, film screenings and more.
The Atrium also features two vertical gardens, a floor-to-ceiling fountain, a media wall with performance information and video presentations, an art installation by Dutch textile artisan Claudy Jongstra; and 16 “occuli” lighting fixtures that bring natural light and state-of-the-art illumination into the Atrium’s interior.
Josie Robertson Plaza
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
Josie Robertson Plaza is the outdoor space surrounded by David Geffen Hall, the David Koch Theater and the Metropolitan Opera House.
One of the most recognizable landmarks of Josie Robertson Plaza is the Revson Fountain, the area’s centerpiece often surrounded by tourists and photographers.
Events at Josie Robertson Plaza have included the Metropolitan Opera’s free Live in HD broadcasts of its acclaimed opera productions and Lincoln Center’s annual National Dance Day celebration.
Metropolitan Opera House
30 Lincoln Center Plaza
Also known as The Met, The Metropolitan Opera House seats 3,800 people, making it the largest opera house in the world. It is home to the Metropolitan Opera Company and also hosts the American Ballet Theatre.
The Met also has a super high-tech stage, equipped with tools such as hydraulic elevators, motorized levels and rigging systems.
62nd between Amsterdam and Columbus
The Guggenheim Bandshell in Damrosch Park has been the outdoor ballroom for New York City’s greatest outdoor dance party, Midsummer Night Swing since 1989. Midsummer Night Swing is a vibrant night of salsa, swing, disco, hip hop and more.
Damrosch Park also hosts free summer concerts as part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, as well as the annual American Crafts Festival.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
10 Columbus Circle
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performing arts complex is called Frederick P. Rose Hall, which is located at the Time Warner Center. The complex consists of three main music performance venues: Rose Theater, The Appel Room, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
Famous jazz musician Wynton Marsalis serves as the artistic director.
The Julliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
The world-renowned performing arts conservatory trains about 850 students in dance, drama, and music.
Juilliard’s orchestras include the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Juilliard Theatre Orchestra, and the Conductors’ Orchestra. The Axiom Ensemble is a student directed and managed group dedicated to well-known 20th century works.
Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio
165 West 66th Street, 10th Floor
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio presents a number of series, including Inside Chamber Music lectures by radio personality Bruce Adolphe, Late Night Rose concerts in a cabaret setting with complimentary wine, and recitals by such notable chamber music artists as David Shifrin and Anne-Marie McDermott.
30 Lincoln Center Plaza
Hearst Plaza is located behind David Geffen Hall and between the Metropolitan Opera House and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn. The center of the plaza showcases the infinity pool of the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace surrounding Henry Moore’s famous sculpture, Reclining Figure.
Hearst Plaza is often the site of high profile television and photo shoots as well as Lincoln Center Out of Doors music, dance, and family events.All of Lincoln Center’s outdoor spaces are equipped with Wi-Fi access.
Claire Tow Theater
150 West 65th Street
The Claire Tow Theater is Lincoln Center’s newest performance venue. It opened in June 2012 and is home to LCT3, Lincoln Center Theater’s programming initiative dedicated to producing the work of new artists and building new audiences.
Clark Studio Theater
165 West 65th Street, 7th Floor
This black box theater on the 7th floor of the Rose Building offers an intimate experience to its audiences, which are seated only a few feet from the stage. Presentations have ranged from family programs and fantastical puppetry shows.
Stanley Kaplan Penthouse
165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor
This intimate performance space is located on the tenth floor of the Samuel B. & David Rose Building. The Penthouse features floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound balcony with amazing river views. The venue is home to the Mostly Mozart Festival’s popular late night “A Little Night Music” concert series.
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
144 West 65th Street
The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center is a multi-screen theater and cultural venue. The theater opened to the public in the heart of Lincoln Center’s campus in June of 2011. The 17,500 square foot venue houses 2 theaters, an amphitheater and also a café. The Francesca Beale Theater shows specialty film releases. The smaller Howard Gilman Theater screens a combination of new film releases and special programs. In addition, the Amphitheater, with a 152” Panasonic Plasma screen houses lectures, panels and educational programs.
Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Ave
The Bruno Walter Auditorium is an ideal location for screenings, readings, panel presentations, and live performances. The theater was named for the distinguished German-born American conductor. Small but intimate, the space can accommodate audiences of up to 202 people.
Events at Lincoln Center
- Lincoln Center Summer Festival
- Midsummer Night Swing
- Lincoln Center Out of Doors
- Scary Movies X
- Summer HD Festival
- Mostly Mozart
- Generations in Jazz Festival
- 55th New York Film Festival
- White Light Festival
- The Big Apple Circus
- Handel’s Messiah
- Winter’s Eve 2017
Please check out Lincoln Center’s official website.