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TKTS® Times Square turns 49 this Saturday, June 25

Date: Jun 23, 2022


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Since our iconic TKTS by TDF Booth in Times Square reopened on September 14, 2021, we have resumed our role as the go-to destination for same-day evening (and next day matinee) discount tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Founded by TDF (aka Theatre Development Fund), the not-for-profit organization that makes the performing arts accessible to all, TKTS turns 49 this Saturday, June 25

Since TDF opened TKTS on June 25, 1973, we have sold more than 67.75 million discount theatre tickets up to 50% off to audiences from around the world. TKTS's small service charge (currently $6 per ticket) is used to operate the Booth and to help fund TDF’s many education, accessibility and service programs

Making theatre affordable and providing a fellowship of theatre lovers on Duffy Square (47th Street and Broadway) has helped turn TKTS into one of New York City’s most photographed landmarks. Housed under red glass steps, the current TKTS Booth opened in 2008 and garnered more than a dozen international design awards. The glowing red staircase above TKTS became the first public space in Times Square, and we are a popular destination for locals and visitors 365 days a year. 
When TDF opened TKTS during the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay, we did not know we were creating a phenomenon that would be replicated worldwide. After TKTS’s amazing success during the initial years, TDF set up a special National Services division to help other not-for-profit performing arts service agencies open their own same-day discount ticket booths. Using TKTS as a model, TDF was responsible for helping to develop booths in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, London and Sydney.

For more information, visit To see available shows and prices at TKTS in real time, download the free TKTS app for iOS or Android at www.tdforg/tktsapp or go to

ABOUT TDF: Founded in 1968, TDF (aka Theatre Development Fund) is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. We fulfill our mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities and support the makers of the performing arts. 

We are known for our theatregoing programs, including the TKTS by TDF Discount Booth and TDF Membership program; Accessibility programs (including open captioned, audio described and Autism Friendly Performances), Education & Community Engagement programs (serving more than 12,000 New York City students annually and thousands of underserved individuals and veterans), as well as the TDF Costume Collection Rental and Research Programs. During the COVID-19 theatre shutdown, we continued to serve our constituents by creating virtual adaptations of our programs via Zoom and other streaming platforms. TDF envisions a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible and inspirational. 

To learn more about TDF, go to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @tdfnyc.
DOWNLOAD new and vintage TKTS Times Square photos as well as current video clips