Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 15-acre complex of buildings in New York which serves as home for 12 arts companies. It was built during Robert Moses's program of urban renewal in the 1960s. It was the first gathering of major cultural institutions into a centralized location in an American city, and was located between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, between 62nd and 66th Streets.
The facilities include the Metropolitan Opera House, New York State Theater, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Damrosch Park, Vivian Beaumont Theater, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, The Juilliard School, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Some of these have changed their names: Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre was previously named The Forum, and Avery Fisher Hall was previously Philharmonic Hall. Some of the plazas have acquired names commemorating charitable contributions (Paul Milstein Plaza, Julian Robertson Plaza).
Lincoln Center houses several cultural companies and institutions, including:
- The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
- The Film Society of Lincoln Center
- Jazz at Lincoln Center
- The Juilliard School
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., also called "Lincoln Center Presents"
- Lincoln Center Theater
- The Metropolitan Opera
- New York City Ballet
- New York City Opera
- New York Philharmonic (who have announced to return to Carnegie Hall however)
- The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
- School of American Ballet