St James Theatre, New York

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The St James Theatre has a capacity of 1688 seats, including 702 seats in the Orchestra, 658 seats in the Mezzanine and 328 seats in the Balcony. Use our interactive seating chart to view 86 seat reviews and 69 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

The St. James Theatre first opened in 1927, when it was originally called the Erlanger’s Theatre after its founder, booking agent Abraham Erlanger. In the intervening years, it has changed ownership a number of times, and was eventually renamed after London’s St. James Theatre. It is one of Broadway’s largest venues, famous for musicals including Oklahoma! and The Producers.

The building was designed by architectural firm Warren and Wetmore, whilst the Georgian-inspired interior was the work of John Singraldi. The venue was designed with simplicity and intimacy in mind, featuring coral and gold interiors. It has since been refurbished into a grand, impressive Broadway venue which received landmark status in 1987.

The St. James Theatre has hosted shows from Shakespeare – including the first full-length Hamlet in America (1938) - to enduring musicals such as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (1943) and The King and I (1951). In the 21st century, crowd-pleasing hits including American Idiot (2010) and Something Rotten! (2015) have confirmed the theater’s lasting popularity for tourists and locals alike.

With a capacity of 1,710 seats, the St. James Theatre is a perfect venue for extravagant and high-octane musicals. Its seating chart is split across an Orchestra, Mezzanine and Balcony, with premium seating in the front rows of the Orchestra and row A of the Center Mezzanine. Some patrons even prefer the Center Mezzanine for its panoramic overhead sightlines that don’t feel too close or uncomfortable. Views towards the sides tend to be more partial, and the Balcony in particular can feel very steep and distant. At the very back of the Balcony, patrons may find the sightlines and sound are more obstructed than anywhere else in the theater, and the cheap prices reflect this.

Tips

• Coat and stroller check available in the lobby at a cost of $3 per item
• Step-free access from the street into accessible seating
• Merchandise can be purchased on the Orchestra and Mezzanine levels
• Bars are located on every level; covered drinks can be taken back to your seats
• Booster seats are available on request

Good value seats

The St. James Theatre has a few options for good value seating. Sitting a bit further back in the Orchestra or Mezzanine can save a price bracket or two whilst keeping a decent view of the stage. Seats towards the inside of the Left and Right Orchestra and Mezzanine are another good choice for keeping your sightline quite direct at a lower price.

Premium seats

The best seats in St. James Theatre are in the Center Orchestra, rows BB-M. Patrons wanting an unrivalled intimate experience should sit as close as possible, but avoid the middle of row A behind the conductor’s box. Row A of the Center Mezzanine also has excellent sweeping views of the stage.

Recent seat reviews

Orchestra A4
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whatbakingcando 5"6, 135 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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St James Theatre Orchestra A4 view from seat photo

Close up and to the side which at moments causes slight block to view, but only momentarily. The seats are quite well staggered, although not much of a rake on this row. Comfortable seats and sufficient leg room. More

Visited 21 September 2019

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Orchestra A2
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whatbakingcando 5"6, 135 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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St James Theatre Orchestra A2 view from seat photo

The stage is slightly high, but this doesn't impact the view. Very close so great for seeing faces. Being at the side does mean there are some moments where your view is slightly blocked but nothing too major. Fair leg room and very comfy seats. More

Saw Frozen the Musical Frozen the Musical on 21 September 2019

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Orchestra F7
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stephensmith3 31 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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St James Theatre Orchestra F7 view from seat photo

Nice plush seats, but fairly narrow. Great view of the stage, and nothing missed by being toward the side. The row is still just under stage level although the rake in the theatre is fair. Booster cushion still needed for the youngest family members. More

Saw Frozen the Musical Frozen the Musical on 24 September 2019

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