David H. Koch Theater

David H. Koch Theater

David H. Koch Theater

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The David H. Koch Theater is a theater for ballet and opera, part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts located at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street in New York City, United States. Originally named the New York State Theater, the house has been home to both the New York City Ballet and New York City Opera since its opening in 1964. The opera company, however, announced in May 2011 that it will leave the theater due to financial difficulties. The theater occupies the south side of the main plaza of Lincoln Center, opposite Avery Fisher Hall.


The New York State Theater was built with funds from the State of New York as part of New York State's cultural participation in the 1964–1965 World's Fair. The theater was designed by architect Philip Johnson and opened on April 23, 1964. After the Fair, the State transferred ownership of the theater to the City of New York.

The City leases the theater to Lincoln Center, Inc., which then has a sublease with City Center of Music and Drama, Inc. (CCMD). The present corporation of CCMD (separate and apart from New York City Center on 55th Street) continues to manage the theater today.

Along with the opera and ballet, an early tenant of the theater was the now defunct Music Theater of Lincoln Center. Richard Rodgers was its president, and during his tenure many classic Broadway musicals were revived there in the 1960s. Among them were The King and I, Carousel (with its original star, John Raitt), Annie...... ...
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