Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (also simply known as Lincoln Center) is a 16.3-acre complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It has thirty indoor and outdoor facilities and is host to 5 million visitors annually. It houses internationally renowned performing arts organizations including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Juilliard School.
The center has 30 indoor and outdoor performance facilities including:
Metropolitan Opera House: a 3,900-seat opera house; the home stage of the Metropolitan Opera; as well as List Hall
David Geffen Hall: a 2,738-seat symphony hall; the home stage of the New York Philharmonic
David H. Koch Theater: a 2,586-seat theater; constructed as the home of the New York City Ballet, it is also the former home of the New York City Opera and the Music Theater of Lincoln Center companies
Alice Tully Hall: a 1,095-seat concert hall located within the Juilliard School building; the home stage of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Vivian Beaumont Theater: a 1,080-seat Broadway theater; operated since 1985 as the main stage of Lincoln Center Theater; previously occupied by The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center and The New York Shakespeare Festival.
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater: a 299-seat theater; operated by Lincoln Center Theater for its Off-Broadway-style productions.
The Walter Reade Theater: a 268-seat movie theater; used by Film at Lincoln Center; features a raised dais used for post-screening filmmaker discussions.
Claire Tow Theater: a 131-seat theater operated by Lincoln Center Theater to house more experimental productions
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center: home to the Francesca Beale Theater, Howard Gilman Theater, and the Amphitheater
Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The David Rubenstein Atrium: a facility which includes a public visitors’ and discount-ticketing facility with amenities that include free performances and a café
The Clark Studio Theater: a 120-seat dance theater; a part of the facilities of Lincoln Center Education
Damrosch Park: an outdoor amphitheater with a bowl-style stage known as the Guggenheim Band Shell; used for free Lincoln Center Out of Doors presentations and with a special dance floor for Midsummer Night Swing.
Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Rehearsal Studio
Josie Robertson Plaza: the center’s central plaza, featuring its iconic fountain; the three main buildings (Metropolitan Opera House, David Geffen Hall, and David H. Koch Theater) face onto this plaza; used as an outdoor venue during Lincoln Center Out of Doors presentations
Juilliard School: a facility housing the school of the same name: building also incorporates Morse Recital Hall, Paul Recital Hall, Stephanie P. McClelland Drama Theater, Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Drama Studio.
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse: a nightclub-style venue; used for intimate concerts, “Meet the Artist” and Great Performers events, lectures, and other events where a small, intimate space is preferred; was also used for jazz performances prior to the construction of the new Jazz at Lincoln Center facilities
Jazz at Lincoln Center: while a part of the center, it is located separately in the Frederick P. Rose Hall complex within the Deutsche Bank Center at Columbus Circle.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of the eleven resident organizations, and serves as presenter of artistic programming, leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the center’s campus. LCPA has some 5,000 programs, initiatives, and events annually, and its programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, the White Light Festival and the Emmy Award–winning Live from Lincoln Center.
In July 2006, the LCPA announced it would join with publishing company John Wiley & Sons to publish at least 15 books on performing arts, and would draw on the Lincoln Center Institute’s educational background and archives.