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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York
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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre capacity

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre has a capacity of 1029 seats. Section capacities are 609 Orchestra and 420 Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 273 seat reviews and 261 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

When real estate magnates the Chanin Brothers built a three-theater complex in 1927, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (then the Royale) was the middle sibling between the larger Majestic Theatre and smaller Theatre Masque (now the John Golden Theatre). It was renamed after Jacobs, former president of the Shubert Organization, in 2005.

Architect Herbert J. Krapp unified the complex with a Spanish-inspired design, but the Bernard B. Jacobs isn’t simply a copy: inside, visitors can enjoy the venue’s unique Lovers of Spain mural (by Willy Pogany) which spreads across the support arches. What is most notable about this theater however is its size, perfectly versatile for both drama and musicals.

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre has long been successful, with a varied and lively slate. Stars including Laurence Olivier and Bette Davis performed here, and Julie Andrews’ Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954) took place on the Bernard B. Jacobs stage. Other notable productions include the long-running Grease (1972-1980), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1982), Speed the Plow (1988), and The Color Purple (2015).

With a capacity of 1,092, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre comprises two main levels. The ground-floor Orchestra is the largest, with 636 seats across Left, Center and Right. Views are generally very good here, although the Mezzanine overhang cuts into the stage after row O. There are some excellent, wide views in the Mezzanine, especially in seats placed more centrally above the stage. Further back, this section’s good rake keeps views pleasingly clear and not too distant. On both levels, seats on the far aisle are more restricted; Boxes offer similarly angled views.


• Children under four are not permitted into the theatre
• Step-free access from the street to the Orchestra
• Restrooms serving the whole theater are below the Orchestra
• Drinks at the bar can be expensive; consider setting a budget beforehand
• Bag checks may be in operation; leave plenty of time to reach your seat

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Seating Chart

Good value seats

For patrons with a budget in mind, there are many good value seats in the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The middle rows in the Center Orchestra are below premium and offer a good look at the stage. In the Mezzanine, rows G to K are well-elevated, and a decent rake means the very rear of the section is surprisingly clear.

Premium seats

Rows A to D in the Center Orchestra are considered some of the best in the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre: they offer immersive detail which is perfect for a play, whilst not being uncomfortably close. In the Mezzanine, rows A and B, especially in the middle, provide similar premium views with the extra benefit of an elevated look at the set.

Recent audience views

Mezzanine H113

buyphantombyphone8722222 5' 10", 11 reviews
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Mezzanine H113 view from seat photo

This seat is pretty high up but with no overhang and a good rake you still have a perfectly clear, central view of the stage. I did not feel very distant from the action and could see everything. Legroom was fine for someone of average height. More

Saw Almost Famous Almost Famous on 02 November 2022


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Orchestra K24

doubledreviews 5' 11", 86 reviews
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Orchestra K24 view from seat photo

Great seat in terms of comfort and space - view might be an issue for some. Luckily, I had seen this show a few times before attending this time around, so it wasn't so bad. There are just a couple of missed entrances / exits, and it's only a couple of... More

Saw Company Company on 06 July 2022


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Orchestra C9

ilvinnieves 5' 11", 67 reviews
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Orchestra C9 view from seat photo

Partial view, but only a few bits are out of view. Jamie's line "I'm the next bride" is partially obscured, as is the "35" balloon that Bobbie brings home from her birthday party, and a few minor bathroom jokes in the far stage right. Very comfortable... More

Saw Company Company on 26 June 2022


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