Designed by Eero Saarinen with the collaboration of Jo Mielziner, the Vivian Beaumont Theater opened on October 21, 1965, with a revival of Georg Büchner's Danton's Death starring James Earl Jones and Stacy Keach.
The venue was named after heiress Vivian Beaumont Allen, who donated $3 million for its construction but died in 1962 before its completion. The theatre shares a building with the Off-Broadway venue the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Lincoln Center Theater has operated both since 1985. LCT's intimate Clare Tow Theater, situated on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont, was added in 2012.
The Vivian Beaumont Theater is the only Broadway theatre not in the theatre district around Times Square. Located within Lincoln Center near 65th Street and 10th Avenue, it is the northernmost and westernmost Broadway house. The venue is also one of five Broadway theatres named for a woman.
The Vivian Beaumont Theater is nearest to the 66th St. - Lincoln Center subway stop on the 1 line. The nearest bus stop is W 66th St./Columbus Avenue on the M66 line.
Popular restaurants near the Vivian Beaumont Theater include P.J. Clark's (American), The Smith (American), Boulud Sud (Mediterranean), Cafe Fiorello (Italian), Joanne Trattoria (Italian), and La Boite en Bois (French).