Inside the David H. Koch Theater

The David H. Koch Theater is a traditional proscenium theater with seating for 2,544.

The auditorium features a hybrid of traditional and continental style seating on the orchestra level, five “Rings” (balconies), faced with jewel-like faceted lights and a large spherical chandelier in the gold paneled ceiling.

The David H. Koch Theater is filled with sublime pieces of art, commissioned specifically to highlight various aspects of the world of the ballet, including mythology, numbers, the human body, and a multitude of relevant themes, including many suggested by George Balanchine. These masterpieces are created from a wide variety of media and materials, such as marble, bronze, wood, and even found elements such as a firehouse and the plexiglass turret of a World War II bomber.

The beaded curtain that covers the glass windows at the front of the Theater consists of 8,000,000 gold colored metal balls--one for every citizen of New York City in 1964 when the Theater opened to the public. Over time, the effect of the sun has turned the balls to a silver color.