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All You Need to Know about Gramercy Theater in NYC 

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Got tickets to a concert or invited to an event at the Gramercy Theater? If you have never been to this historic venue, here’s all you need to know. Find out how to get there quickly and book the best spots for parking near Gramercy Theater. 

Gramercy Theater in Manhattan has played many parts since opening in 1937 – from an art house to a dollar theater, and now one of the only two Live Nation Concert Halls in New York City. It’s an intimate venue hosting small concerts and private events. With fixed and flexible reception space, the 5583 sq. foot theater can also transform into a venue for weddings and corporate events. Depending on the scale, they can plan events in the large Main Room or the Samsara Lounge.  

Although Gramercy Theater is a small venue, traffic and parking in the midtown neighborhood will test your patience if you go unprepared – especially during evenings. When visiting the theater for the first time, have a good look at your route and allow enough time for the drive. Plan to reach at least half an hour before your event begins, and make sure you have a parking spot waiting nearby. Try 212 East 19th Street Garage for the lowest hourly or daily rates with a hassle-free online reservation.  

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Before you go, find answers to these commonly asked questions about Gramercy Theater: 

What is the history of the Gramercy Theater? 

Built in a Streamline Moderne style, the 86-year-old theater opened in 1937 as the Gramercy Park Theater. In the 50s, it was used as an art-house by Cinema V, showcasing a mix of Disney films, revivals, sub-run mainstream movies, and foreign films.  

After two decades, Gramercy Theater showed only third-run movies and became a dollar theater. However, by the 80s, it had second-run movies and, eventually, first-runs. During this era, Cinema V changed to City Cinemas and made record-breaking earnings until the 90s, when Chelsea Cinemas opened and took large audiences away from Gramercy.  

In the 90s, City Cinemas briefly operated Gramercy Theater as a Hollywood classics revival house and eventually closed it in 1992. In the next three years, the theater became the home of an anti-drug agency and served as the shoot location for The Fugees ‘Killing me softly’ video.  

Real estate investor Amit Govil revived the theater in 1995 to exclusively feature films from India. But by 1998, the renovated theater became a playhouse for Off-Broadway productions. Roundabout Theater Company premiered several contemporary plays like A Skull in Connemara and Speaking in Tongues. All Over by Edward Albee was the last show in 2002 before MoMA took over the theater as their temporary film house. Eventually, the theater shut down in 2004.  

Live Nation has owned the Gramercy Theater since 2006 and uses it as an intimate concert venue. It is one of NYC’s only two Live Nation concert halls; Irving Plaza is the other.  

What is the Gramercy Theater capacity? 

Gramercy Theater’s total general admission capacity is 650. The 499-seater venue hosts events for at least 25 guests.  

Check out Gramercy Theater seating and floor plan here.  

How to get tickets for upcoming events? 

Gramercy Theater tickets for Live Nation events are available online. Check the list of upcoming events and book your tickets here. 

Entry to all Live Nation events at Gramercy Theater is through mobile ticketing only. You’ll need a phone to gain access; LIVE Nation does not email tickets, and print-outs aren’t allowed. The box office opens only on event days, usually two hours before door time. Generally, doors open an hour before the scheduled event start time. You can approach the box office in the front if you have any phone troubles accessing your tickets.  

Most shows and events at Gramercy Theater are for all ages; unless the organizers specify otherwise. Event rules vary for private events and other social gatherings – check your invite or contact the organizers for details. 

What is the Gramercy Theater address? 

127 East 23rd Street 

Gramercy Theater is in the historic Gramercy Park District in Midtown Manhattan. It is only minutes away from the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park. You’ll find the theater at the corner of 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue. Check the map below for directions to Gramercy Theater New York: 

How to Get There 

The subway station closest to Gramercy Theater is 23rd Street, less than a block away. You can take the N, R, Q, W, 4 or 6 trains to this station. The 23rd St PATH station is also within walking distance of the theater.  

E 23rd St./Lexington Ave. bus stop for X63, X64, and X68 buses is right outside the Gramercy Theater. M1, M2, and M3 buses also stop at Park Avenue, just steps away from the theater. E 23rd St/Park Ave. S bust stop is just across the street.  

If you drive to an event at Gramercy Theater, check traffic and try to reach early to find parking. Gramercy Park has a residential area with limited street parking and many restrictions. So, be careful if you plan to leave your car on the street. Street parking is extremely risky when attending an event – you can’t be sure when you’ll return, and the chances of getting a parking ticket are high in busy neighborhoods like Gramercy Park.  

Is there a Gramercy Theater parking lot? 

Gramercy Theater does not have a parking lot on site, nor does it offer official event parking at nearby garages. So, you are on your own – find a garage space online to save time and money.  

Parking apps and websites have the best rates for Manhattan parking. Due to the high demand, drive-up rates are rarely affordable. Also, there’s no guarantee you’ll find a parking space at the last minute. So, book your spot online instead of taking the risk and parking on the street.  

Where to find affordable parking nearby? 

Plenty of garages are available within walking distance of Gramercy Theater. But we found the lowest rates at 212 East 19th Street Garage. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from the theater, away from the crowded lots, and offers indoor valet parking for as low as $11 per hour.  

212 East 19th Street Garage is open 24×7; park longer to save more. You can pre-book a spot for only $24 and park for six hours! Book your spot now for a guaranteed space on your event day.  

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