Originally called the Globe after Shakespeare’s famous London theater, the space where the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre lives today was constructed in 1910. It initially had a retractable roof in order to cool the space in hot summer months. It thrived with musicals and plays but was converted into a film house in 1932. In 1958, the Lunt-Fontanne was born after the space was rebuilt and restored to be the spectacular Broadway gem it is today. It was named after actress/actor couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, who were the stars in the theater’s debut production, The Visit. Today, the venue sits nearly 1,505 showgoers.
The closest subway station is at 47-50th streets/Rockefeller Center Station at 6th Avenue and 47th Street, which services the B, D, F and M lines. Alternatively, guests can take the No. 1 train to 50th Street station, then walk south, or get any number of trains to Times Square-42nd Street and walk north along Broadway. The Marquis Marriott hotel is across the way, which has parking, or try LAZ Parking at 247 West 46th Street.
The venue doesn’t enforce a dress code, but guests are advised to dress for sitting in a cool theater. There’s a coat check; however, bags and luggage can’t be checked. Late patrons are held back until after the first song is over, after which ushers will escort them to their seats. Early birds also get to hit up the concession areas—there’s one on the mezzanine level and one in the lower lounge. Only water and souvenir drink cups are allowed inside the theater.