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Balcony Guide

The James Earl Jones Theatre Balcony is located above the Mezzanine, with around 283 seats spread across Left, Right and Center. There are also Boxes at either side which can seat around 12 more people. This is the cheapest part of the James Earl Jones Theatre by far, with plenty of very affordable seats to choose from.

Views from the Balcony benefit from the same features as the Orchestra and Mezzanine, in particular the venue’s smaller size. This means even seats at the very back don’t feel too distant. The best seats are in row A, especially in the Center Balcony.

There are inevitably a few less-desirable features, mainly at the far sides of the Left and Right Balcony or in row H, which isn’t as well-raked as the rest of the section. The Balcony is very steep, which may discourage patrons with vertigo from attempting the three flights of stairs. It also means legroom is extremely cramped, with more space in the popular aisle seats. This makes it less suitable for patrons with limited mobility, although there are three transfer seats available for purchase in the James Earl Jones Theatre Balcony.

Left Balcony

The Left Balcony comprises seven rows from A to G, with two Boxes to the side. Seats are odd-numbered from 1 to 25, although the back rows are slightly shorter. Views are best from the inside of the Left Balcony, which faces more centrally above the stage; double-digit seats at the far side and in the Boxes are angled, and stage right is obstructed from here. Although sightlines are mainly good from front to back, the Left Balcony is very steep and cramped, and taller patrons should definitely try to secure an aisle seat to avoid discomfort. The lighting rig and top of the stage may block details and set pieces in some shows as well. Prices are very affordable in this section, therefore.

Right Balcony

The Right Balcony has seven rows from A to G, with two Boxes to the side. Seats are even-numbered from 2 to 26 at most, with the best views from single-digit seats closer to the Center Balcony. At the far side and Boxes, seats above 15 offer more angled views of the stage, with some action obstructed. Sightlines across the Right Balcony are generally good, although the top of the stage will block set pieces in some productions. The section is also very steep, with a tight pitch between rows; the best options for extra legroom are therefore on the inside aisle. Prices across the Right Balcony are much lower than premium to account for this, with very good value seats available.

Center Balcony

The Center Balcony comprises five rows from A to H, and seats increase from 101 to 114, left to right. This is the best overall area to sit in the Balcony because every row faces directly above the stage. The clearest views can be found in row A, although a good rake ensures patrons usually won’t be negatively affected by the heads of those in front. This may be less true in row H, which is less well-raked above row G. Any taller patrons should definitely opt for an aisle seat for more comfort and space, with either side a good choice in the Center Balcony. Prices are very affordable in this section, with the cheapest seats in rows G and H.

SeatPlan’s best views of the stage

Row A in the Center Balcony offers the best views. From here, patrons don’t have to move around anyone sitting in front, and have a clear, sweeping look at the stage.

Best legroom seats

Legroom is very tight in the Balcony and may become uncomfortable for taller patrons during a show. Aisle seats are the best option to get a bit of extra space, especially in the more central parts of the section.


• The section is steep and cramped; patrons with vertigo may want to sit elsewhere
• The best views are from row A in the Center Balcony
• Aisle seats should be a priority for anyone needing extra space
• Rows G and H are similarly raked, so views may be a little worse than average
• Every seat in the Balcony is affordable for those on a budget


The Balcony is the cheapest seating area in the James Earl Jones Theatre by a margin. The front row is great for a relatively decent view at a lower price, whilst theatergoers who have a strict budget and don’t mind cramped conditions can grab very cheap seats in the back rows.


The bar is in the theater lobby, down three flights of stairs. Drinks and snacks can be expensive however, so consider saving money with a drink elsewhere.


Restrooms are down four flights of stairs, below the Orchestra. These serve the whole theater so will get busy during the intermission.

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