New World Stages
Located beneath the Worldwide Plaza between Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen, New World Stages is a modern, performing arts complex with five theatres to offer to off-Broadway productions. Originally constructed in 1994 on the site of the third Madison Square Garden, the building was opened as a Loews Cineplex Entertainment multiplex cinema. It continued to operate as a cinema until closing in 2001. For the next three years, the building underwent substantial renovations and finally re-opened as ‘Dodger Stages’ in 2004, designed by architects Beyer, Blinder, and Belle, with interior design by Klara Zieglerova and theatre design by Sachs Morgan. The theatre complex was renamed New World Stages on March 16, 2006, as Stage Entertainment assumed sole ownership of the property. However, on November 17, 2017, The Shubert Organization took over ownership and operation. In terms of capacities, all five spaces have between 100 and 500 seats officially deeming New World Stages an off-Broadway venue. Stage 1 and Stage 3 are the largest theatres in the complex with a capacity of 499 seats, whilst Stages 2 and 4 offer a 350-seat capacity. Stage 5 is the smallest venue with 199 seats. The Green Room is the official bar and lounge for New World Stages, but can also double as a performance space.