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

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Seating Chart

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre has a capacity of 1028 seats. Section capacities are 608 Orchestra and 420 Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 238 seat reviews and 226 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). 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.

Tips

• 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

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

Orchestra K24

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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

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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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Orchestra A2

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Orchestra A2 view from seat photo

Lots of legroom because you are literally the front row. Might not be the best view for this show as I know there a lot of boxes set pieces involved, but we’ll see. For another show I don’t think the view would be bad. On a slight angle, but completely... More

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