Lucille Lortel Theatre

Lucille Lortel Theatre

121 Christopher Street (between Hudson and Bleecker Street), New York, NY 10014

Located in the West Village in Manhattan, the Lucille Lortel Theatre was first built 1926 as a 590-seat movie theatre. Converted into an Off-Broadway theatre in the early 1950s, the venue opened with Maya in June 1953.

In 1955, Louis Schweitzer acquired the building as an anniversary present for his wife, actress-producer Lucille Lortel. To celebrate her 81st birthday, the theatre was re-christened the Lucille Lortel Theatre in 1981. Since Lortel’s death, the theatre has been under the ownership of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

The venue is currently home to MCC Theater — the Manhattan Class Company. Initially founded by a collective of young aspiring actors, writers and directors eager to showcase their own talents, MCC Theater developed over the years into one of off-Broadway’s leading theatre companies, producing annual programmes of full-scale productions.

Lucille Lortel Theatre Map and Travel Info
Nearest subway station: 
Christopher Street Station
Subway lines: 
1 Train