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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. 

This unique venue in the heart of the Upper West side includes a 24 feet wide by 15 feet deep SteelDeck stage, 18-instrument repertory lighting plot with a fully programmable console, 12-channel stereo sound system, Room for 60+ audience members in three rows of stadium seating on historic 19th century wooden pews, and three gorgeous Tiffany stained glass windows behind the audience.

To book this space for performances, events, rehearsals, classes, and more, email use at info@centeratwestpark.org or fill out our booking inquiry form by clicking the button below:

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Check out our up-to-date availability calendar to see if the theater is available at your chosen time. Click the “Week” tab to see hour-by hour availability.



  • 60 seats (three rows of pews with center aisle)
  • 24 ft. wide x 15 ft. deep stage
  • Theatrical lighting rep plot with 18 instruments
  • PA stereo sound system
  • Lobby on Amsterdam Ave
  • Doorbell for 86th St entrance
  • Restrooms in basement of Community House
  • Dressing rooms in basement of Community House
  • No elevator
  • No air conditioning
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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.



*Fall Special: $25/hour rehearsal rate with a minimum four hour booking! September-December 2018 only*

(evenings & weekends)
Performances & Events$100$500$2500
Classes, Meetings & Rehearsals$60--
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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.

November 2018

Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s JULIUS CAESAR

November 29 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 9, 2018

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until December 9, 2018

Balcony Theater, 165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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$25 – $50

William Shakespeare’s much-beloved JULIUS CAESAR is a classic tale of loyalty and power. Featuring some of the bard’s most famous speeches (“Friends, Romans, Countrymen” and “Cry ‘Havoc’ and let slip the dogs of war!”), this masterful play remains a testament to Shakespeare’s genius to this day. Combined with Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s unique brand of immediate theater and LIVE ROCK MUSIC, the result is sure to be electric. Creative Team: Director: Emily Jackson Assistant Director: Sophia Carlin Production Stage Manager: Kellie Taylor Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah Billbrough Set and Lighting Designer: Tyler M. Perry Composer and Musical Director: Jordan Brooks…

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