Outside the Broadway Theatre front entrance at night
Photo: Broadway Up Close

Broadway Theatre


The Broadway Theatre is one of only five playhouses that actually face the street named Broadway. It opened in 1924 as a premiere film house. The most notable film that played there was Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie in 1928, which introduced audiences to an adorable rodent named Mickey Mouse. The theatre went “legit” from 1930 to 1934, when it was re-christened the Broadway. From 1934 to 1940, the house was once again dedicated to motion picture exhibition, and offered the premiere of Disney’s Fantasia in 1939. In 1940, however, it returned to legitimate stage production and, except for a brief stint as a Cinerama movie theatre in the 1950s, has remained in the business of showcasing live theatre ever since.

Now Playing:

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Mar 29, 2024 - May 25, 2025



1681 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Cross Streets: Broadway & W 53rd St

Amenities and Accessibility

No steps into the theatre from the sidewalk
Wheelchair accessible restroom (unisex) located on the lobby level
Additional restrooms located in the lower lounge, and up 1 1/2 flights of stairs