Music Box Theatre

239 W 45th St New York, NY 10036
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HISTORY

Toward the close of 1919, the prominent theatrical producer Sam H. Harris made a proposition to his friend Irving Berlin: if the popular songwriter would devise a musical revue, Harris would find a theatre for it. Berlin responded with The Music Box Revue and in 1920 the Music Box Theatre was built to house the show. The Shuberts began acquiring shares of the venue from Harris in the 1920s. When Harris died in 1941, his wife sold half the shares in the theatre to the Shuberts, and half to Berlin. From that point on, Berlin and Shubert became equal partners in the ownership of the house. In 2007, the Berlin share of the theatre was sold to Shubert, now the sole owner of the theatre.

ARCHITECTURE

Because of its dainty, jewel-like qualities, the Music Box Theatre is aptly named. Designed by architect Charles Howard Crane in collaboration with E. George Kiehler, it was built in the neo-Georgian style, more in the manner of a dignified manor or country home than in the typical theatrical style of most other Broadway playhouses.

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Details on the Music Box Theatre's Accessibility


Access Information 
Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are no steps into the theatre from the sidewalk. Please be advised that where there are steps either into or within the theatre, we are unable to provide assistance. 

Accessibility by Seating Section 
Orchestra Location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is available in the Orchestra only.

Mezzanine Location: Located up 2 flights of stairs (38 steps). Once on the Mezzanine level there are approximately two steps down per row. Entrance to the Mezzanine is behind row L.

Handrails: Available at the end of every stepped seat row in the Mezzanine.

Elevators/Escalator
None Available

Payphone
Located in the lobby. Accessible at 54", with TTY utility outlet and shelf.

Restroom 
Wheelchair accessible restroom available (main floor).

Water Fountain
Located in the lobby. Accessible at 36".