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Balcony Theater

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165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States

The Balcony Theater is ideal for off-off-Broadway productions, readings, puppetry and avant-garde performances, workshops, rehearsals, meetings, and classes. 

A wide thrust stage with a trapdoor, a false proscenium that looks out on West Park’s majestic sanctuary, raised levels on stage left and right, and a huge Tiffany stained glass window behind the audience make this an unique venue on the Upper West Side.

For performance bookings, e-mail us at info@centeratwestpark.org. Please include your name, contact information, organization, project title, and the space and dates you are interested in. Note that performance space is rented by the day or week (Monday through Saturday) only.

For rehearsals, meetings, classes, readings, photo shoots, and special events, you can book online by the hour via SpaceFinder NYC by Fractured Atlas. Click the button below to continue:

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  • 74 seats (raked)
  • Wide thrust stage
  • Trap door
  • Basic theatrical lighting
  • Rehearsal piano (upright)
  • Lobby on Amsterdam Ave
  • Doorbell system for 86th St entrance
  • Restrooms in basement of Community House
  • Dressing rooms in basement of Community House
  • No built in sound system
  • No air conditioning


Entrance & Accessibility

Entrance on Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street (Northeast corner). The Balcony Theater is located on the second floor above the Center at West Park’s Sanctuary Theater and is only accessible by stairs.



(evenings & weekends)
Performances & Events$100$500$2500
Classes, Meetings & Rehearsals$60--
Film ShootsPlease inquirePlease inquirePlease inquire


Rental Policies

Proof of insurance required for public performances and events.

Notice of cancellation must be made by email to info@centeratwestpark.org. No refunds for:

  • any event cancellation less than 72 in advance
  • any daily performance reservation less than 30 days in advance
  • any weekly performance reservation after the reservation is confirmed

Refunds for earlier cancellation may also be limited or prohibited by the terms of the License.

Upcoming Events

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January 2018

Foul-Mouthed Saints Comedy Show: A Benefit for Survivors

January 26 @ 8:00 pm
Balcony Theater, 165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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$10 - $12

Support survivors while laughing your ass off! Friday, January 26, come see comedians Josh Gondelman, Sarah Tollemache, Ana Fabrega, Mitra Jouhari, Josh Johnson, and more at Foul-Mouthed Saints, hosted by Kelsey Caine. All proceeds from the show go to the Crime Victims Treatment Center. A not-for-profit organization, CVTC is committed to helping people heal from violent crime, changing cultural norms around violence, and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization. Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8:15pm Tickets $12 at the door, $10…

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February 2018

The Recruiting Officer

February 1 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 11, 2018

Balcony Theater, 165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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$10 - $20

The British have just won the great Battle of Blenheim and now they are back in the countryside to replenish their forces. The military officers enlist all of the able-bodied people they can find with hilarious hijinks and trickery, but in the midst of the recruiting, the gentlemen find themselves in love. Farquhar brings a whole new level to the metaphor of love as war with scintillating dialogue, seductive strategizing, and even sword fighting! Our ensemble cast will lead the…

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