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Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
Accessible Seating
Hearing Assistance


42nd St - Port Authority Bus Term


The Imperial Theatre was built by the Shuberts in 1923 and is still owned today by the same organization. It was designed by Herbert J. Krapp to house musical comedies and, with its large capacity of 1,650 seats, had been the pride of the Shuberts for decades. Over the last 80-plus years it has been home to many Broadway legends such as the original production of Gypsy with Ethel Merman and more recently, Les Miserables.

Recently the Shubert Organization had the theater completely refurbished, and it continues to house many of the most successful shows on Broadway.

Dressing Code

There is no official dress code to attend a Broadway show, meaning you won’t be turned away from a theater for dressing too casually. However, Broadway is a special occasion. Tuxedos and gowns are no longer the norm, but think of what you might wear to a nice dinner. (Side note: Theaters can be cold, so you may wish to bring a sweater.)

Late Seating Policy

Don’t be late. More and more shows are not allowing late seating, which means you’ll have to watch the show on a monitor in the lobby until intermission (or for the length of the show if it’s only one act).


Bar offering soft drinks, water, wine, beer and basic mixed drinks. They also offer some snacks, which are allowed into the theater. Drinks are also allowed as long as they are in a closed container.


Double doors in series: 1st set (each 27") - automatic doors; 2nd set (each 27") - automatic doors; 3rd set (each 25.5"); 4th set (each 53")

Water Fountain

Ticket lobby. Spout 36".

Hearing Assistance

Assistive listening devices are popular with patrons who cannot hear well, and these are usually available at the theater upon arrival.

Elevators and Escalators

This theater does not have elevators or escalators.

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair seating available. Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating.

Air Conditioning

This theater has air-conditioning.


Unisex: Inner lobby. Door 33". Stall 96" x 66". Commode 17". Grab bars

Accessible Seating

Fifteen row-end seats with folding armrests.

Coat Check

This theater provides coat check.