New York City Center is located in midtown Manhattan in New York, NY. It has been an internationally-recognized theatre stage since 1943 which is when then Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia declared its mission to make the performing arts accessible to everyone. Following this creed, City Center hosts not only the highest caliber performances, but also master classes, discussions, exhibits, and tours to supplement was it being seen in the auditorium. It is most known for being the home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club and host to the annual Fall for Dance Festival and Encores!.
★ INTERESTING FACT ★ The structure for what is now called New York City Center was originally constructed in 1923 as the Mecca Temple. Architect Harry P. Knowles designed the building in a neo-Moorish style which is evident by the colorful mosaics still seen on its facade. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo regularly performed here from 1944 to 1948, after which New York City Ballet called it home from 1948 to 1966 (NYCB moved when Lincoln Center opened).