August Wilson Theatre

The August Wilson Theatre boasts a gorgeous interior design, beautifully painted with warm earthy tones of green and red. The decor is one of the things that make this venue distinct from other Broadway theaters in the US; while most gold-embellished theaters have grown in success over the years, this subtle yet historic venue has seen its ups and downs. Built by the Theatre Guild and designed by architects Kenneth Franzheim and C. Howard Crane, this venue opened in 1925 and was originally named the Guilt Theatre. It was leased to WOR Mutual Radio in 1943, after nearly 20 years of losses due to flops, and in 1950 it was bought by the American National Theatre Company and renamed the ANTA Playhouse. Several hit shows were performed here, including The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Blues for Mister Charlie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The playhouse was sold to the Jujamcyn Amusement Corporation and named the Virginia Theatre. In 2005, the theatre was again renamed, this time after the late American playwright August Wilson.

Located between Broadway and Eighth Avenue in New York City, the Virginia August Wilson Theatre is best known for its simplicity and humble designs. When compared with other theatres in New York City, the theater does not boast extensive décors and paintings. However, its comfortable seating arrangements and subtle look and feel attracts the true theater-loving crowd in search of Broadway show tickets. The venue interior's earthy tone makes it look more like an upscale club, and textured paintings on the walls enhance the simplicity and understated design. The playhouse's orchestra pit is flanked by beautiful arches and columns, inspired by Roman designs. There are also plenty of restrooms and a very comfortable lobby with a bar.

The comfort level makes the playhouse one of the best venues for Broadway shows in the US. The August Wilson Theatre seating capacity is around 1,200, and the mid-size venues' seats are refurbished and clean, but very high up. To get the best views, visitors can purchase Broadway show tickets for the front mezzanine and middle orchestra levels, which provided the best unobstructed views of the performance. Ticket-holders are advised to pick up their tickets at the box office at least an hour before the show starts and be prepared to present a photo ID and the credit card used for purchasing if your tickets are at will call.

While the August Wilson Theatre seating arrangement is good overall, the theater is an older building and thus is not completely wheelchair accessible. Individuals with disabilities should contact uniformed authorities for the right directions to get inside the theater, and there is a limited number of wheelchair-friendly seats. There is a restroom that can be accessed by the disabled, but if you are interested in attending a performance here and require disabled access, it's best to purchase tickets well in advance and to talk with staff regarding the August Wilson Theatre seating arrangements if you have any questions.

Buying Broadway show tickets for this historic venue is a great thing to do during any trip to New York City, particularly if you're interested in the history of the venue and of theater in the United States. The August Wilson Theatre is located at 245 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, close to plenty of hotels, restaurants, and major attractions. This area was famous for its jazz clubs, and though all have moved to other parts of the city, you can still see where Thelonious Monk and other greats performed before taking in an unforgettable show at the August Wilson Theatre.

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