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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.

*Fall Special: Book for $25/hour with a minimum four hour booking! September-December only*

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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  • 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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August 2018

FURNACE FESTIVAL: And the Trees Fall Down

August 24 @ 8:00 pm
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One event on August 25, 2018 at 8:00pm

Balcony Theater, 165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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The Center at West Park's FURNACE FESTIVAL presents: And the Trees Fall Down - written by Viviana Prado-Núñez. And The Trees Fall Down Two months after Hurricane Maria, a brother, a sister, and a tree guy gather at Abuela's house for a Thanksgiving dinner of vodka, birthday cake, and an elegiac kind of nostalgia. A hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of people and places left behind—of trees, tractors, generators, aftermath, and how some people live with it (or don’t). All tickets…

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An Evening of Songs with Parvathy Baul

August 30 @ 7:30 pm
Balcony Theater, 165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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$20 - $30

An evening fundraiser featuring songs and stories of the Bengali Baul tradition at The Center at West Park. Proceeds will benefit the Society for Arts and Culture of South Asia and support the building of Parvathy's educational center in India for women and children and the preservation of the Baul path. Parvathy lives in India, and this is a very rare chance to experience the work of a Baul master. Parvathy Baul is a singer and spiritual teacher in the…

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