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Helen Hayes Theater

240 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Accessible Seating
Hearing Assistance

COVID-19 Safety Policies

All CDC and State of New York guidelines will be adhered to regarding masks and seating capacities. Currently, our requirements include the use of masks while inside our theaters in addition to proof of vaccination or negative test before entry.

Theater Information


ADA accessible building entrance at Stage Door. Ramps in the lower lobby.

Water Fountain

Landing between inner lobby and lower lounge, down nine steps.

Hearing Assistance

LOOP system in auditorium. Headsets available with driver’s license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Call 212.582.7678

Elevators and Escalators

This theater has an elevator.


Accessible, unisex bathrooms and stalls on every floor of the building.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating in both Orchestra & Mezzanine.

Coat Check

This theater does not provide coat check.


The Helen Hayes Theater was built by producer Winthrop Ames in 1912 as The Little. It was built as a rebellion of sorts against commercial theater—as the auditorium only held 299 seats. In the 1950s it was used to record radio and TV, including The Merv Griffin Show.

In 1983, it was renamed after beloved American actress Helen Hayes, following the destruction of a theatre by the same name in the previous year. When it’s not being used for legitimate theater, CBS still uses the venue for radio recordings.

Late Seating Policy

Latecomers are seated at suitable breaks in the performance in conveniently reachable seat locations at the discretion of management.


There are drinks and snacks located at the bar.
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