Purchase online, at the theatre box office, or by phone at 877-250-2929.
Group Tickets (12+) Book online or call 800-714-8452.
Take the C, E train to 50th St.
Take the N, R to 49th St.
About This Theatre
Opened in 1910, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was originally named The Globe, after Shakespeare’s theatre in England. It had a retractable roof to enable the theatre to stay cool and open during the summer. For nearly two decades, the theatre housed a variety of plays and musicals, until 1932 when it was turned into a movie house.
In 1958, the theatre was gutted and rebuilt in its present configuration as a legitimate theatre. It was renamed in honor of America’s foremost husband-wife acting couple, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, who starred in its first production, The Visit. Theatregoers can enjoy a selection of photographs from their private collection on display throughout the lobby areas.
American Express, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted for ticket purchases at the box office.
Refunds/Exchanges The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre does not provide ticket refunds or exchanges.
Dress Code There is no dress code at the theatre. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. The theatre is air-conditioned during the summer months.
All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
The seating procedure for latecomers varies by seat section. Generally speaking, late patrons will be held at the back of the theatre, where they can watch the show through the first song. They are then escorted directly to their seats by an usher.
Smoking is prohibited in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Concessions There is one bar located on in theatre’s lower lounge, one bar located on the main level, and one bar located on the mezzanine level where alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages as well as snacks can be purchased. Bottled water and beverages with secure tops are permitted in the auditorium. The mezzanine bar begins serving patrons 50 minutes prior to the performance, and the bars located on the main level and lower lounge begin serving patrons 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. All bars are open at intermission.
Nederlander Theatres do not permit outside food or beverages.
Patrons seeking to bring in their own food or drink because the food or drink is necessary for medical reasons shall be permitted to bring such food or drink into a theatre.
It is imperative for patrons to understand that not only do the theatres sell peanut-related products, it is impossible for any theatre to designate peanut-free seating zones since we cannot control what food products patrons may bring into the theatres.
Male and female restrooms are located on the lower and mezzanine levels of the theatre.
Cloakroom service is available to patrons during the winter months. No bags or luggage will be checked.
Open during showtime hours.
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Patron Security For the protection of our patrons and theatre, managers are on duty during all performances.
All patrons will be screened prior to entering the theatre. Please see below for a list of prohibited items.
Do not carry any of these items into the security screening area. Items that are confiscated will not be returned. If you are unsure about any item, do not bring it to the theatre.
All weapons are strictly prohibited, including but not limited to: firearms, ammunition, knives, swords, scissors, OC spray (mace), any dangerous items, and weapons of any kind
Outside food or beverage
Large professional cameras or video recording equipment
Flashlights or laser pointers
Noise making devices or fireworks
The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre has the right to refuse entry if any of the above is not adhered to.
All bags will be inspected upon arrival. Luggage, shopping bags, and other large packages that will not fit comfortably with you at your seat will not be checked or allowed inside the theatre. For your convenience, please make other arrangements for these items before arriving.
Do not leave your personal bags (purses, backpacks) unattended while in the theatre.
House Manager: Tracey Malinowski
Treasurer: Joe Olcese
Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.
Wheelchair locations are available in the orchestra section of the theatre (pending availability). You may purchase one wheelchair and three companion seats per order if available.
For guests with limited mobility, there are seats available with folding armrests (“Aisle transfer seats”) in these locations: Orchestra (no stairs): D101, D114, F1, F2, G101, G114, R1, R2, R101, R114, T1, Z101. Mezzanine (stairs required): E 19, E20, E 114.
For low vision/deaf and hard of hearing guests, accessible seats are available in the Orchestra C 1-3, C 2-4.
The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is committed to the needs of our patrons with disabilities. For more details on our policies or assistance purchasing accessible seating, please contact us at 212-575-9200 or [email protected].
The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is equipped with a accessible restroom on the theatre’s first floor. They can be designated for guests with disabilities.
There are designated wheelchair and companion seats in the rear of the orchestra section. If the patron can transfer from their wheelchair to a seat, we have orchestra locations as close as the first 10 rows where arm rest lifts for easy transfer. No steps involved. (See seating chart.)
Services for Patrons With Disabilities
Theatre representatives are available to meet patrons with disabilities in the lobby of the building to escort them to designated wheelchair accessible areas. There are no elevators or escalators at the Lunt-Fontanne.
Policy on Guide Dogs and Service Animals
Although animals are not permitted in the theatre, an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals. Please inform your ticket sales representative if any accommodations are required.
Headsets for sound augmentation are available at the theatre, free of charge. A photo identification is required as a deposit. For patrons with a tele coil, this theatre is equipped with an induction loop. Please set your device to the “t” setting.
At this time multilingual commentary is not available.
Built in 1910 as the Globe and renamed the Lunt-Fontanne in 1958 in honor of the famed acting couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, this handsome theatre is now owned by the Nederlander Organization.
The house’s most recent productions have been Kristin Chenoweth’s concert My Love Letter to Broadway; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway; Finding Neverland; Motown: The Musical; A Christmas Story: The Musical; Ghost: The Musical; The Addams Family; and Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the long-running Beauty and the Beast (5,461 performances), which moved here from the Palace in 1999.
The 1990s saw Titanic; The Three Sisters; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Hello, Dolly!; Comedy Tonight; The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public; Ain’t Broadway Grand; Catskills on Broadway; and Peter Pan. The 1980s had Sting in The 3 Penny Opera;The Gospel at Colonus;Smile;Uptown … It’s Hot!; Peggy Lee in Peg; Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Private Lives; Sophisticated Ladies; and Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan.
The ’70s found a series of award-winning and popular musicals: The Rothschilds, with Tony Awards for Hal Linden and Keene Curtis; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Phil Silvers (1972); The Pajama Game (1973); My Fair Lady (a transfer from the St. James Theatre); and Carol Channing back again in Hello, Dolly! (1978). During these years there was also the musical Rex, starring Nicol Williamson.
In the 1960s, Sid Caesar shined in the Neil Simon (book), Cy Coleman (music), and Carolyn Leigh (lyrics) musical Little Me, with Bob Fosse winning a Tony Award for his choreography; Martha Graham and her dance company performed; Richard Burton played Hamlet and Hume Cronyn won a Tony as Polonius; Julie Harris went musical in Skyscraper; Norman Wisdom amused in Walking Happy; Marlene Dietrich made a dazzling Broadway debut in concert, backed by Burt Bacharach and his orchestra;How Now, Dow Jones won a Tony for Hiram Sherman; Leslie Uggams played Cleopatra in the musical Her First Roman; and Nicol Williamson also took on Hamlet.
From mid-1932 until 1957, this theatre was a movie house with its entrance on Broadway. In 1958, Roger Stevens and Robert W. Dowling restored the house to legitimacy and returned the entrance to its original 46th Street location. The gala reopening of the theatre starred the Lunts in their final appearance on Broadway, in The Visit. Shortly after, Mary Martin moved in with The Sound of Music, which won five Tonys.
The last musical to play this theatre before it became a movie house in 1932 was Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach’s delightful The Cat and the Fiddle. Before that, Beatrice Lillie had cavorted in Vincent Youmans’s Oh, Please.
In the early years of this house, the comedy team of Dave Montgomery and Fred Stone starred in many hit musicals: The Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 starred W.C. Fields and Fanny Brice, who sang “My Man” and “Second Hand Rose”; and two editions of George White’s Scandals with Gershwin scores opened here.
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