ArcLight Theatre

Theater Upper West Side
5 out of 5 stars
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One of the true basement theaters, the 99-seat ArcLight is situated underneath an Upper West Side church in the proud tradition of the old-fashioned New York cubbyhole venue. People in the second row have less leg room than Shaq does in coach, but the scrappy surroundings can sometimes stimulate cheerfully down-at-heel shows like Robert Ross Parker’s Goodbye Cruel World.


Venue name: ArcLight Theatre
Address: 152 W 71st St
New York

Cross street: between Columbus Ave and Broadway
Transport: Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St
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After volunteering as a screening runner for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, I was asked to take a job working as production assistant for Right Down Broadway Productions. This theatre company is made up of group of accomplished professionals developing original plays for Off-Broadway. The show ran for the month of June and The Arclight Theatre proved to be; what I would like to call a hidden gem in Manhattan's upper west side. Located under the historical Blessed Sacrament Church, Arclight welcomes you with an array of ingenuity. This charming intimate proscenium theatre provides a large playing space, comfortable seating, high ceilings, which complement a state of the art lighting package and sound system. The vaulted ceilings add quality to the acoustics and the well-organized dressing room is conveniently located behind the stage. I also felt comfortable approaching Michael Griffiths, the manager, if I ever needed help or had a question regarding the theatre. As a working professional within the entertainment industry, I would recommend the Arclight theatre for those interested investing in renting performance space.