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The 8 Coolest Theaters in New York City, Past and Present

New York City is the home of Broadway, the beating heart of American theater. Along Broadway and beyond, The Big Apple has also been the home of a number of world-class theaters–some built over a century ago, and many no longer standing.

Whether you’re catching the hit musical The Book of Mormon, an afternoon taping of The Late Show with David Letterman, or an Elton John concert at Madison Square Garden, you will do so inside a theater steeped in history. And in the spirit of Letterman, here are our Top 10 theaters in New York City.

1. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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Address: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Style: International Style II

Opened: 1962


2. Carnegie Hall

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Address: 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Style: Italian Renaissance

Opened: 1891


3. Ed Sullivan Theater

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Address: 1697-1699 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Style: Late Gothic Revival

Opened: 1927


4. The Hippodrome Theatre

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Address: No longer stands, but was located on Sixth Avenue between West 43rd and West 44th Streets in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan

Architect: Thomas W. Lamb, J.H. Morgan

Style: Beaux-Arts with a Moorish Revival twist

Opened: 1905

Closed: 1939

5. Radio City Music Hall

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Address: 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

Style: Art Deco

Opened: 1932


6. Lyceum Theater

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Address: 149 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

Style: Beaux-Arts

Opened: 1903


7. Times Square Theater

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Address: 217 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036

Architect: Eugene De Rosa

Style: Neoclassical

Opened: 1920

8. Madison Square Garden

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Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Style: International Style II

Opened: 1968 (current location)