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The Hayes Theater

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


Times Sq - 42nd St
Times Sq - 42nd St
Times Sq - 42nd St
Times Sq - 42nd St
Torch Song
Currently Appearing


The Helen Hayes Theatre 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.

Dressing Code

There is not a strict dress code.

Late Seating Policy

If a patron comes late, they will wait towards the back of the theater until an usher finds a moment when they can seat you with limited disruption-unless expressed otherwise by the current show.


There are drinks and snacks located at the bar.
Torch Song
Currently Appearing
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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; driver’s license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. 212-582-7678 in advance.

Elevators and Escalators

Full-service/accessible elevator.

Air Conditioning

Heating and air conditioning.


Accessible/unisex bathrooms/stalls on every floor of the building.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating in both Orchestra & Mezzanine.

Coat Check