The Booth Theatre opened on October 16, 1913, as an adjoining venue with the Shubert Theatre. The building was designed by Henry B. Herts, and the first production there was Arnold Bennett's play The Great Adventure.
Named after the actor Edwin Booth, brother to the infamous John Wilkes Booth, the venue was actually the second New York theatre to bear his name. The first was built in 1869 on 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue, but it was demolished in 1965.
The facade and parts of the current Booth's interior have been designated New York City landmarks.
The Booth Theatre is located on 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. It is closest to the 42nd Street stations on the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, or S lines. The theatre is also accessible by bus, with the closest stops being 8th Ave/W 46th St. on the M20 and M104 lines; 7th Ave/W. 44th St. on the M104 line; and 8th Ave/W 43rd St. on the M20, M104, and M34A-SBS lines.
The critically acclaimed musical Kimberly Akimbo plays the Booth Theatre on Broadway. The show has performed there since October 2022.