The People's Theater: Celebrating 75 years of New York City Center

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

(917) 275-6975



Event Dates

Oct 23, 2018

Oct 30, 2018

Nov 06, 2018

Nov 13, 2018

Nov 20, 2018

Nov 27, 2018

Dec 04, 2018

Dec 11, 2018

Dec 18, 2018

Dec 25, 2018

Jan 01, 2019

Jan 08, 2019

Jan 15, 2019

Jan 22, 2019

Jan 29, 2019

Feb 05, 2019

Feb 12, 2019

Feb 19, 2019

Feb 26, 2019


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The People's Theater: Celebrating 75 years of New York City Center

On a winter evening in 1943, in a former Masonic Temple on West 55th Street that had been scheduled for demolition, a concert was held whose reverberations are still being felt 75 years later. That night, New York City Center was born. As the first performing arts center in Manhattan, the fledgling institution broke new ground by presenting dance, music, theater, and opera under the same roof. This multi-use approach to performing arts venues set the mold for the presentation of the arts around the country in the second half of the 20th century. Through constant innovations, City Center continues to be a performing arts leader in the 21st century. For the first time ever, a striking new exhibition will tell the story of “The People’s Theater” through a wide range of material including photographs, costumes, props, theater seats, posters, mosaic tiles, and other ephemera that provide a fresh perspective on City Center’s first 75 years.