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Hayes Theater

Address

240 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

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Hayes Theater

Public Transportation

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By Subway:

1,2,3,7,S,A,C,E,N,R,Q,W to 42nd St./Times square

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By Bus:

M42

Accessibility:

Box Office

Box Office

Outer lobby, ground level. ADA access via the Stage Door.

Parking

Parking

Valet parking garages: 1st garage: South side of 44th St. between 6th & 7th Aves. Vertical clearance: 105". 2nd garage: East of Shubert Alley, on north side of 44th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps

Curb Ramps

(2.5" lip) NW corner of 44th & Broadway; (2.5" lip) SE corner of 44th St. & Broadway; SW corner of 44th St. & Broadway.

Directions Bus

Directions Bus

M42

Restroom

Restroom

Accessible/unisex bathrooms/stalls in the lower lobby and at the mezzanine level

Directions Subway

Directions Subway

1,2,3,7,S,A,C,E,N,R,Q,W to 42nd St./Times square

Seating

Seating

Orchestra on ground level. Seats 589.

Elevator\Escalator

Elevator\Escalator

Full-service/accessible elevator

Telephone

Telephone

None on premises

Entrance

Entrance

ADA-accessible building entrance at Stage Door. Handicap ramps in the lower lobby,

Water Fountain

Water Fountain

Lower Level directly across from the elevator

Assisted Listening System

Assisted Listening System

LOOP system in the auditorium, headsets available. Driver’s license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Not available in the first 3 rows of the Orchestra.

Wheelchair Info

Wheelchair Info

Accessible seating in both Orchestra & Mezzanine

Theater Description:

The Helen Hayes Theater was designed by the architect Harry Creighton Ingalls of the firm Ingalls & Hoffman, and built by Winthrop Ames. When it first opened, it was known as the Little Theatre, owing both to the theatre's small size (with a seating capacity of only 300), and also because the theatre's goal was to create small, intimate productions. The theatre in fact gave birth to what became known as the Little Theatre Movement in the early twentieth century.

The theatre opened on March 12, 1912 with John Galsworthy's play The Pigeon. In the 1920s, Herbert J. Krapp redesigned the theatre to increase its seating capacity to 590 and to improve its acoustics. In 1931 the building was sold to the New York Times and converted into a conference hall named New York Times Hall.

CBS used the theatre as a radio studio for a time, but it was converted to television by ABC in 1958 and renamed the Little Theatre. Dick Clark's Saturday night The Dick Clark Show originated there from February 1958 through September 1961. During this time ABC also broadcast the daytime show Who Do You Trust? with Johnny Carson from the theatre. It was briefly re-named the Winthrop Ames Theatre in 1964. From 1965 through 1983 it was again the Little Theatre. During the early part of that period, Westinghouse Broadcasting taped the popular syndicated Merv Griffin Show there and later, The David Frost Show. The 1969-70 season of the game show Beat the Clock hosted by Jack Narz was also taped there.

The theatre was finally renamed for Helen Hayes in 1983 when the renowned actress' existing namesake theatre located on West 46th Street was demolished, along with the Morosco Theatre and the Bijou Theatre, in order to construct the New York Marriott Marquis. Hayes, known as the "First Lady of the American Theater," was still living at the time, and because of the unusual and embarrassing nature of her having outlived her monument, it was decided to rechristen the Little Theatre in her honor.

Watch a video about the Helen Hayes Theater at Spotlightonbroadway.com

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