Philip Johnson designed this 2,800-seat theater, which is home to the New York City Ballet. The theater occupies the south side of the main plaza of Lincoln Center, which it shares with the Metropolitan Opera House and Avery Fisher Hall. The auditorium features continental-style seating on the orchestra level, five balconies and a large spherical chandelier in the center of the gold-paneled ceiling. The lobby areas feature fine examples of modern art.
The New York City Ballet—founded in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein—is today one of the finest ballet companies in the world, maintaining a repertory of more than 150 works by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and others.
Lincoln Center offers a program created for students called Meet the Artist. In it, young people attend a performance and then get to know the performers up close and in person after the show.