Great Space, Great Location, Great Price

Our building holds a distinct place in New York City's architectural history.

Offering breathtaking views of Central Park and elegant, well-appointed spaces, our historic meeting house is the perfect venue for your special event. Our beautiful, century-old building retains its historic charm while providing guests with the very best in modern services.

Our facilities can accommodate a wide variety of gatherings, and Ethical Culture Leaders are available to officiate at any type of occasion, including weddings and memorials.

Whether you are planning an intimate cocktail reception for twenty or a full-scale musical performance for eight hundred, NYSEC will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. We have the right space – at the right price – for you.

Concerts • Conferences • Weddings • Banquets • Receptions
Seminars • Memorials • Rehearsals • Parties • Film & TV Shoots

Adler Hall

Our 800-seat Adler Hall has a rich and vibrant performing arts history. Committed to fostering relationships with the arts community as a whole, we understand the unique needs of all artists – from soloists and grassroots theater companies to full-scale orchestras and ensembles. Adler Hall has been a home to numerous concerts, recitals, play readings, and musicals.

While often favored for its architectural grandeur, the Hall is best known for its spectacular acoustics; this unique blend of beauty and versatility has made Adler Hall at NYSEC one of the most sought-after performance venues in New York City. Performers and concertgoers alike know that any event in Adler Hall will be unforgettable.

"At the historic meeting house of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Ed Sheeran needed little more than his voice and a guitar to whip a crowd of 700 fervent fans into a frenzy of mass sing-a-longs or hush them into enraptured silence."

Live From the Artists Den

Adler Hall Specifications

•812 Seat Theater (Seating Chart) (COVID 6′ Spacing: 280)
•27′ x 47′ Main Stage
•Rogers Digital Organ
•Steinway B Grand Piano
•16’x16′ Projector Screen
•Green Room
•Box Office

There are probably more great entertainment venues in NYC than any other city in the world. But one stands out for me in terms of intimacy, ability of the crowd to get close to and connect with their heroes and comfort: Adler Hall on the corner of 64th street and Central Park West. Besides the fabulously idyllic location across from the bucolic Central Park, this church-like hall complete with pews is an 812-seat gem in which to see a concert. Part of the New York Society for Ethical Culture...Adler Hall is sublime. If there’s a better place to hear music in Manhattan, I’d like to know about it.

Backstage Pass'Dickey Betts Shreds NYC'

Minnesota natives Low played a gorgeous show last night at the New York Society for Ethical Culture concert hall. The sweeping antique auditorium, with its velvet pews and soaring, curved ceiling, was the perfect setting for the band's intimate yet intense performance.

Baeble'Low at The New York Society for Ethical Culture'

The warm acoustics and intimate setting produce a fine concert experience for performers and audience alike.

Nicholas SaundersDirector of Concert Operations, The Juilliard School

Adler Hall provides an intimate rapport between artists and audience with a beautifully immediate and true acoustic.

Valerie GuyDirector of Artistic Operations, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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