Hospitality & Rentals

The Promenade and the Auditorium of the David H. Koch Theater are available for select special events. As a jewel in the crown of Lincoln Center, the David H. Koch Theater features stunning architecture, magnificent examples of modern art and offers technically superior production facilities. This unique venue features one of the largest interior event spaces in New York City.

The 7,875 square foot promenade area features inlaid Travertine marble floors, forty-foot gold leaf ceilings, dramatic spiral staircases and balconies overlooking the fountain in the Plaza of Lincoln Center. The auditorium seats 2,586 with a continental style configuration on the orchestra level and five Ring levels studded with “jewel” faceted lights. An immense spherical chandelier is the centerpiece of the ornately paneled gold ceiling.

Event Spaces

The Auditorium is an elegant proscenium-style theater with 2,550 seats on 6 levels. It combines classic design with impeccable acoustics and sightlines. The proscenium opening is 56’ wide by 30’ tall. The stage depth at center is 54’. The stage has a complete counterweight fly system, performance lighting system, and audio package.

Seating Capacity by Level

  • Orchestra: 883
  • First Ring: 331
  • Second Ring: 308
  • Third Ring: 306
  • Fourth Ring: 690
  • Fifth Ring: 32

The Promenade and adjoining lobby spaces of The David H. Koch Theater provide an elegant and distinctive location for hosting galas, receptions, and other events. The Promenade features a gold-leaf ceiling with large windows and a balcony facing the plaza of Lincoln Center. The venue features one of the largest interior event spaces in New York City. The Portico, an exterior terrace adjoining the Promenade overlooking the fountain, can be tented and used as an additional seating area or as an extension of the party space (cocktails, bar area set-up, etc.). Not tented it can be used as a cocktail or activity area, weather permitting. Room size is 7,900 square feet

  • Seated dinner: 700
  • Standing receptions: 1,000
  • With temporary permit and use of portico, dinner capacity: 1,100

The Boardroom
The Boardroom Room is a mixed-use space that can accommodate up to 125 persons, and is ideal for board meetings, dinners, and pre- or post-performance events. The room is directly accessible via the box office lobby, and has built-in audio and video systems to support teleconferencing and distance learning, and a catering prep room directly adjoining the space. Room size is 2,000 square feet.

  • Seated dinner: 90
  • Standing receptions: 125
  • Theater-style seating: 90

Travelers Patron Lounge
The Travelers Patron Lounge is located in the orchestra-level side lobby of the Auditorium. It is ideal for donor cultivation events, pre- or post-performance events, and small dinners. It has an adjoining kitchen and an ADA compliant rest room.

The Lounge can comfortably accommodate 50 people for a reception, 35 to 40 people for a seated dinner. In addition a screen system enables build-out into the lobby to accommodate additional guests.

Studio Spaces

The Koch Theater and the Rose Building have six separate studio spaces with resilient floors that are designed primarily for dance, but can also support orchestral music rehearsals, master classes, educational activities, etc.

At the Koch Theater
The Howard and Sarah Solomon Studio

  • Room dimensions are 50’ by 55’ or 2,750 square feet
  • Full freight elevator access for transport of equipment

At the Rose Building
Three studios are available; two are approximately 57’ by 45’ and one is approximately 45’ by 45’. All have resilient floors, abundant natural light, and locker-room facilities. For more information, refer to the Rose Building studios request form.


The Auditorium and ancillary space availability varies throughout the year depending on performance and rehearsal schedules of New York City Ballet and outside renters. The calendar below shows availability for 2020/21, but this is the general pattern for most years based on the rhythm of the ballet season and other perennial clients. Theater rentals for performing arts groups are generally by the week, but on Mondays when the theater is occupied by NYCB or an outside renter the Promenade is often available regardless because that is usually a dark night. Many galas and other special events take place on the Promenade on Mondays as a result.

The Boardroom has consistent availability throughout the year. The Rose Building Studios are generally available when New York City Ballet is not in season, best availability is in the summer.

The Vogelstein, Nadler and Solomon Studios in the Koch Theater have similar availability. Email for rental information.