The Town Hall Theater

A National Historic place in the very heart of the theater district with a huge and varied line-up.

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The Town Hall Theater was founded in 1921 by The League for Political Education. The League agitated for the 19th Amendment (woman suffrage). It wanted the theater to become as suitable and easy-accessible for the large masses as possible. So the design of the space reflected their democratic ideas. In this regard, there are no box seats and places with a difficult view to the scene.

Soon after its construction, the place turned into one of the best venues in New York, where you can see the premiere performances, both music, dancing and other possible performing arts. The theater's repertoire covers all executive arts.

The first musical event showed excellent acoustics of the space (which can even compete with Carnegie Hall). In addition to the acoustics, the theater's advantages are the sight lines and the depth of the auditorium, which made it a popular destination for both new and mature artists, regardless of the instruments, repertoire or style.

The Hall hosted the best artists and legends of the classical Western music. Bebop as a Jazz direction became known to the public on the stage of The Town Hall. In 1947 Louis Armstrong performed here.

The Town Hall has also been popularizing poetry (it was here where the first public verse recital took place in 1928). It was here were a huge number of New York students first learned what the theater is. It maintains tight relationships with poets even now.

In 2013 The Town Hall Theater got a National Historic Landmark status. And today it's still one of the best performance places with the capacity of 1,500 seats.

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Location

Address of The Town Hall Theater
123 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036
Closest subway
Times Sq - 42 St S
Capacity
200-1000 pers.

Additional information

Phone
212.997.1003
Website
thetownhall.org
  Published ID19158

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