The David H. Koch Theater is a theater for ballet, modern and other forms of dance, part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts located at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street in New York City, United States. Originally named the New York State Theater, the house has been home to the New York City Ballet since its opening in 1964. It also served as home to the New York City Opera from 1964 to 2011. The theater occupies the south side of the main plaza of Lincoln Center, opposite Avery Fisher Hall.
Building Features and Renovation:
The theater seats 2,586 and features broad seating on the orchestra level, four main “Rings” (balconies) and a small Fifth Ring, faced with jewel-like lights and a large spherical chandelier in the center of the gold latticed ceiling. During the renovation, all the seats and carpeting were replaced and the stage lighting system was completely updated. Two center aisles were introduced into the orchestra seating level, which was formerly a continental seating arrangement, with no center aisle.
The restrooms have been renovated and are all ADA compliant. The orchestra pit has been expanded. The pit floor also features mechanical lifts so that it can be brought up to stage level for music concerts and other activities. The renovations were designed by JCJ Architecture of New York City with Schuler Shook as theater consultants. The lobby areas of the theater feature many examples of modern art, including works by Jasper Johns, Lee Bontecou and Reuben Nakian.