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 SVA THEATER | 333 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011 

In 2016, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) made a move to the SVA Theatre, the cultural center of New York City’s artistically-vibrant Chelsea neighborhood.

The theatre serves the School of Visual Arts, the arts and entertainment industries, and the community at large. It hosts a range of events year-round, from film screenings to artist lectures to design conferences and much more. 
The SVA Theatre opened in 2009 and has become a world-class facility. It’s widely known for Milton Glaser’s iconic kinetic sculpture atop the marquee, which comes to life every hour on the hour. 

The building originally opened in 1963 as the RKO 23rd Street. It housed both cinematic and performing arts organisations, most notably Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Company, and played host to hundreds of artistic events over the years.
The theatre consists of two auditoriums, the Silas and Beatrice Theatres (named for SVA’s founder and his wife), which seat a total of 745 guests.

Getting here 
SVA Theatre is located at 333 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, in the heart of Chelsea.
Mass Transit
• C/E to 23rd Street (at 8th Avenue)
• 1 to 23rd Street (at 7th Avenue)
• F to 23rd Street (at 6th Avenue)
• N/R to 23rd Street (at 5th Avenue/Broadway)
• 6 to 23rd Street (at Park Avenue)
• New Jersey PATH (at 6th Avenue)
• Downtown M11 (on 9th Avenue)
• Uptown M20 bus (on 8th Avenue)
• Crosstown M23 bus (stops at 8th and 9th Avenues)

By Car 
23rd Street is a two-way thoroughfare with metered parking and a parking lot on 23rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. Other nearby lots can be found on ParkWhiz. Taxis are abundant and available day and night outside the theatre.

Local Businesses & Attractions
SVA Theatre is located in the heart of the bustling Chelsea neighborhood, home to fabulous restaurants, hip hotels, and some of New York’s top art galleries and attractions. Though the School of Visual Arts and SVA Theatre says it cannot endorse or recommend any specifically, a list can be found on their website.


SVA Theatre is committed to accessibility for all patrons. The venue is ADA compliant and provides listening devices for the hearing impaired. Patrons should visit the “Attending an Event” section of the SVA Theatre’s FAQs page for more specific information.

COVID statement


Vaccination Requirements

All those entering SVA Theatre (including guests and event staff) need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA / WHO authorized COVID vaccine (listed here) and must show proof of vaccination upon entrance. “Fully vaccinated” means at least 14 days past the final dose of the vaccine received. For more information please visit SVA Theatre COVID Protocols at



Everyone entering SVA Theatre must wear approved face coverings that cover the nose and mouth at all times.  CDC guidelines state that bandanas, gaiters, or masks with vents/valves are not approved. If you do not have an approved mask, please see an SVA Theatre representative, who will provide one free of charge (as supplies last).

Masks may be removed briefly in order to drink water or other non-alcoholic beverages.

SVA Theatre COVID Protocols will be strictly enforced by the theatre staff.  Guests who do not comply with the above protocols will be denied entry, or may be removed at the discretion of SVA Theatre staff.