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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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One of New York's most iconic cultural institutions, Lincoln Center is the largest performing arts mecca in the world. The 16.3-acre complex houses 11 resident organizations that deliver a cornucopia of performance in multiple disciplines symphony, opera, chamber music, theater, dance, film, and arts education to the masses. From its glorious signature Revson Fountain (used to great romantic effect in Moonstruck) to attractions like the Metropolitan Opera House (which, like Cher, is known simply by one name: The Met), Lincoln Center inspires, edifies, and challenges audiences. Ever since ground was broken in 1959, Lincoln Center has been a creative force to be reckoned with, attracting many of the world's premier artists to its stages. Past seasons have included Broadway star Alan Cumming in a solo version of Macbeth as well as rock legend Elvis Costello and Luciano Pavarotti’s farewell to opera. In addition to its seasonal offerings, Lincoln Center presents a number of beloved annual festivals and series, including Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center Festival, and the American Songbook. Whether it's Shakespeare or Schoenberg, Sondheim or Scorsese, Lincoln Center has something for everyone obsessed with culture, using 30 indoor and outdoor performance spaces. Major venues include: Alice Tully Hall (which re-opened in 2009 after a major renovation) for chamber music concerts and films; Avery Fisher Hall which is home to the illustrious New York Philharmonic; Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center, the place to see the celebrated Jazz at Lincoln Center series; the Metropolitan Opera House, the best venue in which to see opera in the city; David H. Koch Theater, home to the New York City Ballet; the Lincoln Center Theater, one of the country's premier not-for-profit theaters; and the Walter Reade Theater, home to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the annual New York Film Festival.

See It

- The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: The world's most extensive collection of circulating, reference, and rare archival performing arts material. Photocopy sheet music, watch videos of vintage Broadway shows, or listen to impossible-to-find original cast albums.

- Clark Studio Theater: Located on the 7th floor of the Rose Building at 165 W. 65th St. near Amsterdam Ave., the Clark Studio Theater is easy to miss. Take the time to find this intimate, black box space that showcases repertory productions mounted by the members of the Lincoln Center Education, the educational branch of Lincoln Center.

- The Walter Reade Theater: When not serving as the home base for the New York Film Festival, this 268-seat movie theater shows an eclectic selection of classic and international cinema with state-of-the-art sound and picture.

- Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater: Although this 334-seat venue lives in the shadow of its big Broadway sister, the 1,000-plus-seat Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Newhouse presents its own solid season of plays and musicals.


For in-depth history, legends and architecture, take the one-hour Lincoln Center Tour. View tour times and book reservations at or call 212-875-5350.

Special Events

- Lincoln Center Out of Doors: A free annual summer festival that presents all kinds of performances including world music, dance, performance art and jazz.

- Mostly Mozart Festival: This annual one-month festival celebrates the music of Mozart (as well as his predecessors, contemporaries, and modern-day composers) in a comfortably informal atmosphere.

- Lincoln Center Festival: Another multi-genre summer festival, although this one is indoors, costs money (tickets range from about $25-$150 each), and often features famous performers. Past participants include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Liam Neeson, and the Bolshoi Ballet.