Discovering Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts

Discovering Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts

New excitement for Upper West Side theater lovers: Shakespeare in the Park 2018!

Why not take a break from the usual night out and splurge on a magical evening?  If you’re looking for Upper West Side theatre, dance, opera, or symphonies, look no further than Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts.  With multiple venues, Lincoln Center is without a doubt one of the best theaters in NYC.  Even after living in New York City for many years, I still didn’t realize how much is encompassed within this incredible arts hub.  Here are a just a few of the Lincoln Center venues and the delights you can discover behind their doors.

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Vivian Beaumont Theatre

150 West 65th Street

Currently playing at The Vivian Beaumont is the award-winning WAR HORSE, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford.  This inspirational tale is now also a feature film, but don’t miss the chance to see it live on stage with the imaginative story-telling effects created by the Handspring Puppet Company.  It is a moving drama of a boy and his horse, and it includes music and life-size puppets that will take your breath away.  WAR HORSE is the winner of five 2011 Tony awards, and has received rave reviews across the board.
Performances run Tuesdays through Saturdays.  Check the website for details and the show schedule.

The Lincoln Center Theatre 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.  These items can also be found online at

Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts

Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre

150 West 65th Street

The Mitzi E. Newhouse is located in the lower level of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre building and has been open since 1967. Most recently, the American play 4000 MILES was on stage here, starring Gabriel Ebert and Mary Louise Wilson.  This critically acclaimed play closed July 1, 2012, but keep your eye on the Newhouse for more exciting theatre to come!

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.  Go to for the schedule, blog, and more information.

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.
Classical music lovers will want to check out the Mostly Mozart Festival in August.  In September, come back when the Philharmonic season opens with Stravinsky’s THE RITE OF SPRING.
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!

Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts

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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.  Mark your calendars for the upcoming STARS OF THE 21ST CENTURY on October 18, 2012.

This annual international ballet gala features both classical and contemporary works from all over the world.  Visit the website at to learn about the outstanding dancers and the 2012 season.

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Upper West Side Explorer. Actress, Singer, Dancer, Entertainer. Health Nut. Lover of Zumba, Yoga, and Frozen Yogurt.

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