Hayes Theater

240 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
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About the Venue

The 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.


There are drinks and snacks located at the bar.

Know Before You Go

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.

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