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Historical events

  • April 21, 1955 - Lincoln Square designated for urban renewal.
  • June 22, 1956 - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. incorporated.
  • May 14, 1959 - Ground breaking ceremony with President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • September 23, 1962 - Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) opened.
  • April 6, 1964 - Lincoln Center Fountain opened.
  • April 23, 1964 - New York State Theater opened.
  • October 14, 1965 - Vivian Beaumont Theater and the Forum (now Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater) opened.
  • November 30, 1965 - The Library & Museum of the Performing Arts opened.
  • September 16, 1966 - The Metropolitan Opera House opened.
  • May 22, 1969 - Damrosch Park and the Guggenheim Band Shell opened.
  • September 11, 1969 - Alice Tully Hall opened.
  • December 26, 1969 - The first live performance of a music synthesizer was made by pianist Paul Bley.
  • October 26, 1969 - Juilliard School opened.
  • October 19, 1976 - Avery Fisher Hall re-opened after renovation to improve acoustics.
  • December 4, 1981 - The Big Apple Circus performed at its winter home in Damrosch Park for the first time. The circus has performed every winter at Lincoln Center ever since.
  • September 7, 1982 - New York State Theater re-opened after renovation to improve acoustics.
  • September 2, 1986 - Former Jewish Defense League National Chairman Victor Vancier throws a tear gas grenade during a performance of Soviet ballet in the Metropolitan Opera House as a protest against the Soviet practice of not letting its Jews emigrate to Israel.
  • November 19, 1990 - The Samuel B. and David Rose Building opened; houses the Walter Reade Theater, the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Rehearsal Studio, the Clark Studio Theater, and Juilliard School student residences, as well as office space for a number of the member organizations.
  • December 3, 1991 - The Walter Reade Theater opened within the previously completed Samuel B. and David Rose Building.
  • July 12, 1997 - The Paul Milstein Plaza dedicated.
  • October 18, 2004 - Jazz at Lincoln Center opened.
  • March 2006 - Preliminary construction on the West 65th Street Project begins
  • June 8, 2006 - Plans for Lincoln Center to transform the nearby Harmony Atrium into a public space for the arts open to the public, neighbors, students, and Lincoln Center patrons are announced.
  • June 12, 2006 - The Lincoln Center Promenade initiative to revitalize Lincoln Center's Columbus Avenue frontage and the iconic Josie Robertson Plaza is unveiled.
  • August 20, 2006 - Paul Milstein Plaza dismantled as part of 65th Street Redevelopment project.




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