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Theatre Tours

This theatre tour guide features all the information we have on theatre tours. The guide covers theatres featured on this website so you may wish to check local listings for any additional theatre tours available. Enjoy your tour!



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Auditorium Theatre

Tours run Mondays at 10:30am and Noon, Tuesdays at 5:30pm, and Thursdays at 10:30am. Tourst last 60-90 minutes and cost $12 per person. More information, including upcoming days when tours are not running, plus online booking is available on the theatre’s website tour page Link opens in new window. Tickets are also available at the Box Office 30 minutes before each tour unless the tour is already sold-out. Advance booking is recommended. On a practical note: there are quite a few steps on the tour for the more adventurous however the majority of the highlights are 100% accessible. Note: this tour does not generally include backstage access. Information correct as of December 2018.



Austin Scottish Rite Theater

As of mid-2018 the Scottish Rite Theater does not offer regularly-scheduled tours, however they welcome visitors to come and view the historic theatre and century-old painted backdrops by making arrangements by email with rental@scottishritetheater.org Link opens in new window. You can also check out the events running at the Scottish Rite Theater on the their website Link opens in new window which includes a calendar of events and online booking.



Bristol Hippodrome

As of March 2017, theatre tours are available most Saturday mornings and the occasional weekday. Tours commence 10:30am at the main entrance on St Augustine’s Parade. Tours run approximately 2 hours and include several levels of stairs. The tour takes you around front of house and backstage areas, and includes the history, the shows, the stars, and of course a smattering of gossip and ghost stories. For more details see the Bristol Hippodrome’s Theatre Tour website Link opens in new window. Advance reservations not required although recommended to ensure your chosen tour is not full. Note: Backstage access is dependent on the visiting company’s theatre operations on the day of your tour and is not guaranteed.



Broadway Historic Theatre District

The Los Angeles Conservancy Link opens in new window runs weekly tours of the Broadway Historic Theatre District. Subject to availability, the tour visits the interiors of one or more of the following: the Los Angeles Theatre, the Theatre at the Ace Hotel (formerly United Artists Theatre), and the Orpheum Theatre.

Access is not guaranteed to any theatres due to events programming and logistics on the day so call ahead for details if you are concerned.

Tours normally run every Saturday at 10am and last approximately 2.5 hours. Tickets $15 ($10 for 17 and under). More info and tickets are available on the Conservancy’s Walking Tour website Link opens in new window.



Chicago Theatre

As of February 2020 tours run daily at the Chicago Theatre, generally with no reservation needed unless on a busy weekend. Tours commence 12pm (Noon) at the State St entrance, cost $18 (Students/Military with valid ID $13, Children 12 & under $13, Seniors 65 and older $13), and run for about an hour. Expect to see the Grand Lobby, Auditorium, Stage (assuming it’s available), Wurlitzer Organ, and the autographed corridors backstage. Exact itinerary depends on the visiting company’s schedule and not all areas may be available on any given day. Check out the Chicago Theatre’s Tour website Link opens in new window for more details, online booking, and for any upcoming tour blackout dates.



CIBC Theatre

Tours are available through Broadway In Chicago Link opens in new window. Public tours run every Saturday at 11am and visit two of the three Broadway in Chicago venues: the Nederlander Theatre (previously known as the Oriental Theatre), the Cadillac Palace and the CIBC Theatre. Tours cost $16 plus fees when booked in advance online. Walk-up tickets (no fees) are available at the theatre Box Office unless the tour is already full, but check which theatre the tour is set to depart from for your chosen date. Photographs are not allowed inside auditoriums which have a show in place. Information correct as of May 2019.



Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego

The San Diego Symphony conducts regular tours of Copley Symphony Hall on a monthly basis. Tours are free, last one hour, and no reservation is required unless your group is over 20. For more details and dates visit the San Diego Symphony History & Tours page Link opens in new window. Copley Symphony Hall has been a regular participant in the annual Open House: San Diego event, which ran for its third year in March 2019. For more details visit the Open House San Diego website Link opens in new window.



Dolby Theatre

The Dolby Theatre runs tours seven days a week, throughout the day from 10:30am to 4pm, except when theatre operations prevent tours from taking place.

The docent-led walking tour lasts 30 minutes and includes a visit to the Dolby Lounge where you will see a real Oscar statue. Access to the theatre and particularly the stage is at the discretion of the visiting company and/or theatre operations on the day and is not guaranteed. Tickets are $23 (Seniors/Youth $18) and may only be purchased from the Dolby Theatre Box Office in person. Advance bookings are not usually necessary. Further information is available on the Dolby Theatre’s website Link opens in new window. Box Office times are listed here Link opens in new window.



Egyptian Theatre

As of Summer 2019, American Cinematheque runs monthly tours, schedule permitting. Generally tours run at 10:30am on Saturdays, last around 60 minutes, and cost under $10. Most of the tour is on a level surface with very low gradient ramps. If you want to visit the old Dressing Rooms and Backstage areas be prepared to climb several flights of stairs. Find out more by looking at American Cinematheque’s Calendar Link opens in new window. Walk-ups welcome; advance reservations not required.



El Capitan Theatre

As of mid-2018 the theatre runs 45-minute tours daily, usually at 8:30am, for $12 per person, subject to availability and/or change without notice. The tour includes the auditorium, backstage, dressing rooms, lower lounge, lobbies and the organ – all subject to availability and current theatre operations. “Express” tours ($9 and lasting 15 minutes) are generally available throughout the day, dependent on current programming, and cover Front-of-House and lobby areas. Tickets for all tours are available for purchase in-person at the theatre Box Office; advance reservations are not required. For further information check out the El Capitan Theatre Tour Flyer Link opens in new window or refer to the El Capitan Theatre ticketing website Link opens in new window. For more information or questions call 1-800-DISNEY6 or visit the theatre Box Office. Note: movie screenings at the El Capitan often feature specially tailored pre-shows, often featuring the Wurlitzer organ and various entertainment features inside the auditorium, so differing requirements of these programs may restrict tour access to certain areas.



Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

As of Spring 2018 tours are available roughly once per month. The full schedule is available on the theatre’s website Link opens in new window. Tours cost £10 per person (£8 for Friends) and run for around 90 minutes. Note: Backstage access is dependent on the visiting company’s theatre operations on the day of your tour and is not guaranteed.



Ford’s Theatre

Ford’s Theatre is a very popular Washington DC tourist destination in addition to being a working theatre presenting a varied schedule of theatrical and live entertainment events. Ford’s Theatre welcomes more than 650,000 visitors a year. In common with most Washington DC attractions, visitor security checks are in operation at Ford’s Theatre. The theatre and museum are open daily, generally 9am to 4:30pm although the schedule can vary. The schedule is available on the Ford’s Theatre website Link opens in new window. Tickets, available for the theatre, the museum, or both, are timed-entry every half hour and cost $3 for all visitors. Visiting both museum and theatre takes around two hours. Peak visitor times are March to July. To guarantee admission advance booking is strongly recommended Link opens in new window. A limited number of same-day tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, with the Box Office opening daily at 8:30am (closes 5pm). Further information on daily tours is available on the Ford’s Theatre website Link opens in new window. Guided tours, limited to 20 participants, run at 5pm on select Sundays. These tours last one hour and usually included access to the Orchestra, Balcony, view into the Presidential Box, and the Stage. Check the theatre’s website for the guided tour schedule and to book online Link opens in new window.



Fox Tucson Theatre

Tours happen every second Tuesday of the month at noon from September through May and last about an hour. The tour is free but donations are happily accepted. For further information check out the Tours page on the theatre’s website Link opens in new window.

Private tours for large groups can be scheduled by contacting Tamara Mack (House Manager) at (520) 547-8604 Link opens in new window.



Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man

Tours run every Saturday at 10am, Easter through October. Tour duration 2hrs 15mins. Adults £8.50, Children (16 and under) £4.50, Family £19 (2 adults & 2 children). Private tours can be made by arrangement and further tours may be available during July and August. Note that due to the original features of the theatre, many parts of the tour are inaccessible for people with mobility related disabilities. Information correct as of January 2020. Check the Villa Gaiety website Link opens in new window or telephone 01624 600555 Link opens in new window for the most up-to-date information.



Hollywood Boulevard Entertainment District

April Clemmer’s Old Hollywood Walking Tour Link opens in new window will tour you around the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District and even get you inside some of the old theatres. Tours generally run the last Friday of every month plus additional special dates, and last approximately 90 mins. Advance reservations are requested. For more information, tour schedules, and reservations, go to the Old Hollywood Walking Tour website Link opens in new window.



Hollywood Warner Theatre

The theatre is currently closed to the public and has 24/7 security on-site. Knock on the door and they may let you take a look!



Hudson Theatre

Tours run three times a week, generally Tuesday at 2pm, Friday at 2pm, and Sunday at 11am, but check the final schedule on the Tours section of the theatre’s website Link opens in new window for the most up-to-date schedule and any blackout dates. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and include some stairs. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased in advance from the theatre’s website Link opens in new window. As of October 2019 pricing is $52 Adult and $47 Child (12 and younger). Groups have the option of reserving a private tour on an alternate date. Private tour dates are subject to availability; call (646) 975-4619 or email infohudson@theambassadors.com to make your group tour reservation.



King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

As of 2018 tours are available roughly once per month. The full schedule is available on the theatre’s website Link opens in new window. Tours cost £10 per person (£8 for Friends) and run for around 90 minutes. After reminding yourself of the public areas you’ll get to see Backstage and, if you’re lucky, the Understage and Dressing Room areas of the theatre normally closed-off to the public! Note: Backstage access is dependent on the visiting company’s theatre operations on the day of your tour and is not guaranteed. Information correct as of March 2017.



Los Angeles Music Center

The Music Center offers a variety of tours:

Campus Tours
Docent-led tours of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion are available Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10:15am and 12:30pm. Tours run 90 minutes, are free, and start from the Walt Disney Concert Hall lobby. Please check the Tour Schedule on the Music Center’s website Link opens in new window to confirm availability. Note: access to venues is subject to availability and daily operations; you may not get to see inside all venues.
Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours
Docent-led tours taking visitors through much of the interior space and the gardens, presenting the highlights of the architecturally stunning building. Tours are availble on select days, check the Tour Schedule on the Music Center’s website Link opens in new window to confirm availability. Tours run 60 minutes, are free, and start from the Walt Disney Concert Hall lobby. Note: access to the Concert Hall is subject to availability and daily operations; you may not get to see inside the Concert Hall.
Self-Guided Walt Disney Concert Hall Tours
Self-guided tours of the interior space and gardens. Tours are availble on select days, check the Tour Schedule on the Music Center’s website Link opens in new window to confirm availability. Tours run 60 minutes, are free, and start from the Walt Disney Concert Hall lobby. Note: access to the Concert Hall is subject to availability and daily operations; you may not get to see inside the Concert Hall.

Reservations are not required unless groups sizes are 15 or over. Information correct as of March 2017.



Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Sheffield Theatres offer backstage tours generally once per month however scheduling is subject to visiting companies and production requirements. Tours start 10am at the Crucible Box Office and run for two hours, with refreshments served after the tour. Tours visit the Crucible, Studio, and Lyceum Theatres (subject to availability) and conclude with a cream tea scone with jam and clotted cream and a pot of tea. Tickets £15. Information correct as of February 2020.



Majestic Theatre, San Antonio

As of mid-2019 tours generally run once per month, on a Monday at 5pm and 6pm. Check out the Majestic Theatre website Link opens in new window for more information and booking. As tours are subject to production constraints the date is different each month. Tickets are $25 and the tour lasts 60 minutes. The tour will involve the use of stairs; for accommodation requests call (210) 226-5700.



Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

Tours take place on alternating Tuesdays throughout the year, run by the nonprofit Friends of the Orpheum Link opens in new window organization. Check the theatre’s Events Calendar Link opens in new window for the next available tours. Tours start at Midday and 1:30pm, last approximately 1 hour, and no reservation is required. Tours meet under the marquee on West Adams St. Call (602) 495-7139 Link opens in new window to schedule a private tour for groups of 10 or more.



Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse runs ad-hoc tours for individuals and groups. For further information go to the Tours section of the theatre’s website Link opens in new window or contact them at (626) 921-1162 / tours@pasadenaplayhouse.org Link opens in new window.



Radio City Music Hall

Radio City’s signature “Stage Door Tour” runs daily every half hour from 9:30am to 5pm and lasts approximately 75 minutes. Tickets are available in advance on the Radio City Music Hall website Link opens in new window or may be purchased in person at the Radio City Sweets & Gifts store located at 1260 Avenue of the Americas (between 50th and 51st Streets). Tickets are $31 (Children/Students/Seniors $27). Group rates (15+) are available, for pricing and purchasing call (212) 465-6080 Link opens in new window or email Group.Sales@msg.com Link opens in new window. Information correct as of February 2020. Note: tour content, prices, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Tours are offered on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability. When an event is in progress there may be limited access to the seating area inside the Music Hall and the understage area. Furthermore, tours may only be able to view the Auditorium from a private viewing area.



Richmond Theatre

The Richmond Theatre offers regular tours although the twice-monthly schedule is dictated by visiting productions. Tours last 1hr 30mins and cost £12.50. A full tour schedule and online booking is available on the theatre’s website Link opens in new window. For more information contact richmondcl@theambassadors.com Link opens in new window.



Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Lyceum runs tours (60 mins) backstage at the theatre, and at their theatre workshop and stores (offsite) for groups between 10 and 20 in size. Further details are available on The Lyceum’s website Link opens in new window. The theatre sometimes participates in the annual Edinburgh Doors Open Day Link opens in new window.



San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

As of March 2017 tours are arranged on an adhoc basis for groups of 5 or more. Each tour gives a great insight into the building’s rich history, restoration programs and current activities, affording an overview of the architectural and design elements that grace both interior and exterior, and a demonstration of the renowned Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. For more details check the Mission Playhouse’s website Link opens in new window.



TCL Chinese Theatre

The TCL Chinese offers two different tours:

  1. A short tour of the theatre lobby and handprints in the forecourt.
  2. A more in-depth tour of the theatre and public areas, including a short movie summarizing the theatre’s history and also covering the above lobby and forecourt areas.

Tours run 7 days a week excluding days when special events are scheduled. For more information and to book tickets check out the theatre’s VIP Tour website Link opens in new window, call them at (323) 463-9576, or email tours@chinesetheatres.com. Group rates are available.



The Kennedy Center

Tours are offered approximately every 10 minutes; stop by the Tour Desk when visiting the Kennedy Center where Friends of the Kennedy Center tour guides are ready to give tours every 10 minutes for any individuals or groups with less than 15 in their party. Tour Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-1pm. All tours are wheelchair accessible. Group tours for 15-60 attendees should make a group tour request in advance Link opens in new window. Foreign language tours are available by request Link opens in new window.



Theatre Royal, Bristol

The theatre runs regular tours, generally every Wednesday and most Saturday mornings, which last one hour and cost £12 per person (£10 concessions). Spaces regularly included on the tour: the new Bristol Old Vic foyer; the Georgian Auditorium, Stage, Gallery, and Pit passages; the Paintshop and Paint Frame; the Weston Studio; and Coopers’ Hall. Access is subject to theatre operations at the time of your tour and some areas may be restricted. Check the theatre’s website Link opens in new window for further details and online booking. The theatre has previously participated in the annual Bristol Open Doors Link opens in new window event and may do so again in the future.



Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

NOTE: Tours will be on hiatus from 6th January 2019 due to major renovation work. Tours will return in 2020. Tours run most days when technical work or rehearsals are not running and cover Front of House, Royal areas, and Backstage. Tours last approximately 1 hour and meet in the main lobby. Tickets cost £10.50 or £8.50 for Children/Seniors. Spaces are limited so advance booking is recommended. Booking line 020 7087 7748 Link opens in new window, or online at the theatre’s tour website Link opens in new window, which also includes additional information about the tour. Note that there are a lot of stairs on the tour, and that tour content sometimes varies due to rehearsals and restrictions on access to various areas of the theatre.



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