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The Theater at Madison Square Garden

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The Theater at Madison Square Garden (originally called the Felt Forum) is a theater located in New York City's Madison Square Garden. It seats between 2,000 and 5,600 for concerts and can also be used for meetings, stage shows and graduation ceremonies. No seat is more than 177 feet (54 m) from the 30' × 64' stage. Since it is located beneath the main Madison Square Garden arena, the theatre has a relatively low 20-foot (6.1 m) ceiling at stage level[1] and all of its seating except for boxes on the two side walls is on one level slanted back from the stage. There is an 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) lobby at the theater.

The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Former names
  • Felt Forum (1968–89)
  • Paramount Theater (1991–97)
  • The Theater at Madison Square Garden (1997–2007; 2009–present)
  • WaMu Theater (2007–09)
Address 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, New York 10001
Location Manhattan
Owner The Madison Square Garden Company
Operator MSG Entertainment
Capacity 5,500
Opened February 14, 1968 (1968-02-14)
Renovated 1989–91, 2011–13
Architect Charles Luckman Associates
Services engineer Syska Hennessy
General contractor Turner Construction and Del E. Webb Construction Company
Venue Website



When the Garden opened in 1968, the theater was known as the Felt Forum, in honor of then-president Irving Mitchell Felt.[2] In the early 1990s, at the behest of then-owner Paramount Communications, the theater was renamed the Paramount Theater after the Paramount Theatre in Times Square had been converted to an office tower.[3] The theater received its next name, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, in the mid-90s, after Viacom bought Paramount and sold the MSG properties. In 2007, the theater was renamed the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, due to a naming rights deal with Washington Mutual. After Washington Mutual's collapse in 2009, the name reverted to The Theater at Madison Square Garden.[4]


It was the host for Mike Tyson's fourteenth professional fight against Sammy Scaff on December 6, 1985.[5] The theater also occasionally hosts boxing matches on nights when the main arena is unavailable. Notable boxing fights at the Theater include Juan Manuel López vs Rogers Mtagwa in 2009, Juan Manuel López vs Steven Luevano in 2010, Nonito Donaire vs Omar Narváez in 2011, Mikey Garcia vs Orlando Salido in 2013, Mikey Garcia vs Juan Carlos Burgos in 2014, Vasyl Lomachenko vs Román Martínez in 2016, Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2017, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs Sergey Kovalev in 2017,

On December 8, 1991 the draw for the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification was held at the Theater.

It was the home of the NFL draft from 1995 until 2004. In 2005 the NFL Draft moved to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, after MSG management opposed a new stadium for the New York Jets. It also hosted the NBA draft from 2001 to 2010.

The fall 1999 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament as well as a Celebrity Jeopardy! competition were held at the theater. Wheel of Fortune did tapings at the theater twice in 1999 and 2013. In 2004, it was the venue of the Survivor: All-Stars finale.

The first ever mixed martial arts event held at the theater was World Series of Fighting 34: Gaethje vs. Firmino on December 31, 2016.


In January 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a redevelopment proposal for Penn Station that would involve the removal of The Theater at Madison Square Garden.[6][7]