The Hudson Theatre opened on October 19, 1903 with a production of Cousin Kate starring Ethel Barrymore and boasted the largest lobby on Broadway. From the 1930s thorugh 1950s, it operated as a radio and television studio and housed the first nationwide broadcast of The Tonight Show starring Steve Allen in 1956. For a brief period in the 1960s, The Hudson was again operating as a legitimate theater before it was converted into a movie house in the 1970s, and then a conference space throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 2015, the Ambassador Theatre Group purchased the Hudson and began major renovations to convert it back to a legitimate Broadway venue.
Orchestra seating is accessible without steps. There is an elevator between the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels, but there are steps between rows in the Dress Circle. An assisted listening system is available.