Midtown Manhattan’s Theater District is home to over 40 professional Broadway theatres, each with many fascinating stories to tell. While it may not be as famous as Radio City Music Hall or Gershwin, the 110-year-old Longacre Theater also has a legacy worth celebrating. So, find out what’s playing and plan a visit soon. We’ll help with the details – from booking tickets to getting there and finding a good Longacre Theater parking spot.
Small theater, big views! Renovated in 2008, the 1077-seater Longacre Theater offers an amazing Broadway experience without all the buzz around the more popular midtown theaters. Although it faced challenges initially and almost got converted into a court, the playhouse has survived over a hundred years. All efforts have been made to preserve the French Neo-classical exterior and Beaux Arts interiors of this Broadway Theater. So, it’s worth checking out the New York City designated landmark, especially if you have an eye for architecture and a love for Broadway.
It’s no trouble finding your way to Longacre Theater; Times Square is less than a block away. But we worry about parking near one of the busiest pedestrian neighborhoods in the world. Don’t even think about street parking! Even if you find a spot, the time limits and restrictions will surely keep you worried about tickets. We recommend a safe and affordable garage nearby – like the 307 W 50th St Garage.
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Who was Longacre theater named after?
Longacre Theater opened in 1913 and is named after Times Square’s former name – Longacre Square.
Longacre Square was the original name of Times Square. By late 1800, the area was the hub of the city’s horse carriage industry and thus named after London’s Long Acre. It was renamed in 1904 after the New York Times moved into the Times Building, now known as One Times Square. Though the newspaper relocated its offices later, Times Square retained its name.
What has played at the Longacre Theatre?
Longacre Theater was built by former Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee. The playhouse struggled in its early years and was even used as a radio/television studio. A few successful productions, including TONY-winning performances, helped it gain a reputation in the late 1900s.
Some notable shows played at Longacre Theater are Macbeth, Diana, Boeing-Boeing, Of Mice and Men, Chinglish, You Can’t Take It With You, and The Ritz, among hundreds of others. The Shubert Organization operates the Longacre Theater in NYC, now playing Leopoldstadt.
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What are the Longacre Theater box office hours?
10 am – 8 pm (Monday – Saturday)
12 pm – 6 pm (Sunday)
Seats and Accessibility
Longacre Theater has a Mezzanine level and Balcony seating, in addition to Orchestra. However, the building has no large elevators or escalators; only the Orchestra level is ADA/Accessible. The small elevator available cannot accommodate wheelchairs. But an accessible unisex restroom is available by this elevator.
Find out more about accessibility and other facilities here, and see the Longacre Theater seating map here.
What is the Longacre Theater address?
Longacre Theater is at 220 West 48th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and Ethel Barrymore Theatre are on the same block. Morgan Stanley Building is to the east of Longacre Theater.
Other popular landmarks and NYC attractions near Longacre Theater are Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Walter Kerr Theatre, Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, Hotel Edison, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Lena Horne Theater, and Paramount Hotel.
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How to Get There
Use the map below for Longacre Theater directions:
Nearest Subway stations:
- 50 Street Station – A, C, and E trains
- 49 Street Station – N, Q, R, and W trains
- 7th Avenue Station – B, D, and E trains
The traffic in this area is quite heavy year-round due to the many tourist attractions like Times Square. If you drive to the Longacre Theater, plan well to set aside enough time to reach before your show starts. You can save time by pre-booking a parking spot at a nearby garage. Several valet and self-park facilities are within walking distance. But drive-up rates are high, and finding a last-minute spot is challenging.
How to find Longacre Theater parking?
Like most smaller Broadway Theaters, Longacre does not have an onsite parking lot. But the Theater District has plenty within walking distance. It’s easier to find Longacre Theater parking online; last-minute parking spot hunts are risky in this neighborhood. So, if you don’t want to waste any time parking the car, download an NYC parking app to reserve your garage space on the go.
Check out 307 W 50th St Garage for hourly rates as low as $14. But this is an exclusive online reservation rate – you’ll not find a similar rate if you drive-up to this valet garage. The indoor self-park facility is open from 6 am to 11 pm and is only 0.2 miles from Longacre Theater. Finding affordable parking less than a 5-minute walk from your destination in Midtown Manhattan is never easy. But pre-booking your parking spot will get you the lowest rates at top-rated garages in the Theater District.
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