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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 1021 seats. Section capacities are 601 Orchestra and 420 Mezzanine. Use our interactive seating chart to view 531 seat reviews and 515 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 Photos

Orchestra R25

sondheimfan 5' 8", 14 reviews

Unfortunately, this seat is directly next to the entrance/box office of the theater. As such, during the show's quiet moments, you can hear talking and even cars from outside, which are pretty distracting. The view is decent; I didn't miss anythin... More

Saw Parade Parade on 30 July 2023

Orchestra G1

kabirnaidoo 6' 1", 437 reviews, 4 helpful votes

G1 is not classed as top price - but is well worth the top price - it’s offset from the row in front so you have complete legroom and can stretch out. Legroom is normally tight so for a 2hr 40 show it’s worth it! More

Saw Parade Parade on 30 July 2023

Mezzanine J22

martinj12 20 reviews

This was one of the most uncomfortable theater seats I’ve ever sat in. At 6’ and 200lbs, I was folded like a pretzel with my knees well above my hips and almost touching the patron in front of me. Add to that, I was sandwiched between so much huma... More

Saw Parade Parade on 09 July 2023

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