Marquis Theater Tickets
History And Facts About The Marquis Theater
Architect John C. Portman Jr. designed the Marquis Theater, which is unlike the traditional designs of the theaters on Broadway. Five theaters – Astor, Gaiety, the Helen Hayes, Morosco, and the Bijou - were razed to the ground, amidst wide protests, to build the Marriot Marquis Hotel, which houses the Marquis Theater on its third floor. The theater, which opened with its first short-lived production – Shirley Bassey – on July 9, 1986, is operated on a 35 years lease by the Nederlander Group, which also operated 8 other theaters on Broadway.
Though the theater is deep inside the mammoth Marriot Hotel, its Box Office is easily accessible from the Broadway side of the hotel. The escalators that take you up to the Marquis Theater are accessible through a long black lobby. Though modern, spacious, state-of-the-art, and highly comfortable, its aesthetics leave much to be desired. Though elegant in the modern sense of the word, and smartly designed with plush seats, it is a far cry from the old style Broadway theaters and their unique design features. The Tickets
Since its opening in 1986, the Marquis has hosted 21 shows, mostly musicals. The tickets for its 1611 seats can be purchased through its Box Office, where American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Group tickets, 15 or more, can be purchased by calling, emailing, or faxing Nederlander Group Sales with details, such as the show you wish to see, the price range, and the number of tickets.
At present Marquis Theater does not offer student tickets and Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets for its shows, though offering tickets through the lottery system still exists. Lottery slips can be picked up from the lobby of the theater about 2½ hours before the show, and the winners for the twenty six $25 tickets are drawn by the theater’s representative 2 hours before the show. You must be present at the draw, must possess an ID, and must pay in cash only.
Tickets are also available for the physically handicapped on wheelchairs. Such patrons are allowed to purchase two $25 tickets for their companions. These are sold through the Box Office only, on first-come, first-serve basis. The spaces for wheelchairs are at the rear of the orchestra section. All restrooms at the theater are wheelchair friendly. Representatives of the theater are present at the theater’s lobby to escort handicapped patrons to their designated places. Restrictions
Smoking is totally prohibited in the theater. Children under 5 are not allowed, and every one else must possess a ticket, irrespective of age. Late arriving patrons, who have seats at the front of the orchestra section are held back for a few minutes after the production has started, and are escorted to their seats by the usher.
There is no strict dress code, but it should be appropriate and comfortable. The air conditioning is on during the summer months.
The Marquis Theater was designed by architect John C. Portman and opened in 1986 which had to have five other theaters ton down in order to make room for this lavish Marriot construction, which in turn covered it's hotel entrails. The theaters which were torn down to make room for the theater include leftover remains of the Astor and Gaiety as well as the Helen Hayes, Morosco and the Bijou. The Marquis short history has run some great productions including "Damn Yankees" and Thoroughly Modern Millie, which won the Tony Award. The theater has mainly played musicals. The Marquis sits on the third floor of the Marriot and considered to be quite intimate despite it's larger size of 1600 seats. The design is said to be state of the art and roomy, but lack the older theaters in the area charm. Possibly making the New York theater experience a bit less intriguing for tourists first time. The older theaters magic is replaced at the Marquis with a modern touch which does not dazzle the eyes as others. The seats are luxurious and very comfortable with a style reflecting the hotel backdrop theme.
The box office is located right on the Broadway side which has a unique marquee hanging over the street. A walk through the lobby, which has it's own style for a New York theater, posters litter the walls and a black alley leads you to the escalator which will take you to the third floor, where the Marquis is located. The other floors will give you some great views of New York and there is also some great shopping. Once in the theater you can enjoy the show from any seats, the Marquis is great in this aspect, however sitting in the front lower sections offer the best views of the Proscenium stage.
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