Terminal 5: NYC Venues Broken Down

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As a part of our Concert Photography series, we’ve previously listed all the New York City concert venues categorizing them based on whether or not those venues had photo pits. Now for this next installment, we’ll be breaking down specific venues and including our personal experiences.


Terminal 5 has always been a pleasant experience whether it was attending a show or shooting as well. Security checks are outside and they really love going through camera bags. Pick up your photo pass at the box office and head inside. The entrance to the photo pit is on the left side of the venue near the bar area. There will be a security guard waiting by the end of the velvet rope who will let you in if you have a pass. You’ll be able to wait in that secluded walk way until you’re allowed into the photo pit. It’s a generally large pit, high enough that you can rest your elbows on.

There’s really not much to comment on when it comes to Terminal 5 as it’s usually a rather pleasant time. There are some benches upstairs for seating for those with general admission, but those only have a view of the mounted flat screens with awful quality. Their VIP area has stools and chairs to sit on, so there’s that.

One strange experience though was after CHVRCHES. After leaving the pit, if any of the photographers wanted to stay for the show, we had to coat check our cameras. This confused a lot of the other photographers. Some didn’t bother staying, and some didn’t have cash so they had to leave. For the remainder of us (three to be exact), security led us to the upstairs coat check where we had to depart with our gear. As someone who loves her camera (and camera bag at that), trusting coat check with my expensive belongings was a rather difficult experience. But the overall forced camera check was because the band’s manager had enforced the rule. It had nothing to do with T5’s policies.

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