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Sanctuary Theater

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

The Center at West Park’s Sanctuary Theater is a 420-seat performance venue, a home to multiple faith communities, and the centerpiece of the landmark West Park Presbyterian Church. It is an ideal venue for off-Broadway productions, live music concerts, dance, opera, and community events. 

High vaulted ceilings, majestic Romanesque revival architecture, Tiffany stained glass windows, excellent acoustics, raked pew seating, a new raised thrust stage make this an unique venue on the Upper West Side.

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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  • 4,800 sq. ft.
  • 420 seats (slightly raked)
  • 32 ft wide x 20 ft deep thrust stage
  • Basic theatrical lighting
  • PA sound system
  • Grand piano (offstage right)
  • Lobby on Amsterdam Ave
  • Doorbell system for 86th St entrance
  • Restrooms in basement of Community House
  • Dressing rooms in basement of Community House
  • No air conditioning
Technical Information

Entrance & Accessibility

Main entrance on Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street (Northeast corner) has steps. Accessible entrance at 165 W 86th Street. Restrooms are only accessible by stairs. 



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

UseHourly Daily
Performances & Events$125$600$3,000
Classes, Meetings & Rehearsals$80--
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 hours 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

Gilbert & Sullivan’s RUDDIGORE

November 2 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00pm, happening 2 times

Sanctuary Theater, 165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Village Light Opera Group is proud to present Gilbert & Sullivan’s RUDDIGORE in concert! Co-Produced by Amy Tietz and Ben Watts Directed by Emily Cornelius Musically directed by James Higgins Performance Dates: November 2 & 3, 2018 at 8pm at The Center at West Park, 165 West 86th Street, entrance on Amsterdam Avenue Tickets on sale now Richard Dauntless: Chazmond Peacock Sir Despard Murgatroyd: Keith Broughton Robin Oakapple: Christopher Silsby Old Adam Goodheart: David Goodman Sir Roderic Murgatroyd: Tyler Parker…

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November 9 @ 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 16, 2018

One event on November 17, 2018 at 6:00pm

Sanctuary Theater, 165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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$20 – $35

Kidz Theater is a professional development company for young performers seeking a career in musical theater. We offer classes and productions for performers ages 8-18 and strive to teach professionalism, discipline and strong technique within a supportive, family environment. Our productions feature Broadway veterans as well as those with exceptional raw talent, and many of our young performers have gone on to Broadway or other professional productions within a few months of performing with Kidz Theater. Currently, our alumni are…

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December 2018

The Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light

December 10 @ 6:30 pm
Sanctuary Theater, 165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Join us for an evening of inspiration & enchantment at the Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light. Hosted by: Elliott Forrest • WQXR Radio Host, national host of the weekly concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Featuring: Clyde Haberman • former “NYC" columnist, foreign correspondent and editorial writer at The New York Times Page Ayres Cowley, FAIA, FRIBA • Award winning Preservation Architect for architectural conservation and adaptive re-use ...more programming to be announced... Monday, December 10, 2018 6:30PM • Cocktail hour followed by the…

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