The first auditorium was built between Broadway and 7th Avenue, just off 39thand 40th Streets in 1883. It was in 1966 that the "Met" moved into its present auditorium in the Lincoln Center, near to Broadway, on 63rd Street.
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a magnificent complex of several theatre and concert auditoriums of various sizes catering for internationally acclaimed troupes, as well as the more limited groups.
The Library for the Performing Arts is the library with the most comprehensive stock of works and documents (films, audios, books, etc.) on all forms of theatrical expression. The "Met" stands at the far end of the Square. Several murals painted by Chagall catch the eye of passers-by. The huge, modern, yellow and gold auditorium with room for 4,000 spectators accommodates the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and numerous guest ballet companies.
NUREYEV AND THE MET
Nureyev first appeared at the "Old Met" with the Royal Ballet for two seasons in 1963 and 1965, before dancing at the Lincoln Center in 1967. He danced there, as well as in the New York State Theatre next to the "Met", with a great number of companies. He performed there with the Paris Opera Ballet in 1986 and 1988.