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James Earl Jones Theatre: A Seating Guide for Broadway's Historic 48th Street Venue

April 01, 2016 by Alyssa

James Earl Jones Theatre Seating Chart

One of the smaller Broadway theaters, New York’s James Earl Jones Theatre opened in 1912 and has since hosted some of the most well-known plays in the city, including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” and “Waiting for Godot.”



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The James Earl Jones Theatre has hosted dozens of plays since it opened, and the venue routinely switches up its schedule. To see the latest show playing at the theater, jump to view the James Earl Jones Theatre. For help picking out your seats, continue reading the guide to seating views below.

James Earl Jones Theatre Seating Chart

Three levels hold the majority of the 1,082 seats on the James Earl Jones Theatre seating chart. These levels are the Orchestra, Mezzanine, and Balcony. There are also a handful of private boxes located along either side of James Earl Jones Theatre.


James Earl Jones Theatre Seating Views

The seating views from each level of James Earl Jones Theatre can vary greatly. Look at the fan photos from various James Earl Jones Theatre productions below to get an idea of how the stage looks from many different sections of the theater.

James Earl Jones Theatre Orchestra Seating Views

Starting closest to the stage, the Orchestra Level is the first option on the James Earl Jones Theatre seating chart. Orchestra seats can get you incredibly close to the stage, and are generally some of the top options in the whole venue for this reason.



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Seats on the side of the Orchestra Level are also close to the stage, but the view from these seats can be slightly askew.



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James Earl Jones Theatre Mezzanine Seating Views

Just above the Orchestra, the Mezzanine Level offers a good vantage point about halfway up the venue. These seats are slightly elevated above the stage level, but not so high up that it feels like you’re staring down at the stage.



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The sides of the Mezzanine also offer a nice view of the stage. However, from the far sides of this level, some of the stage may be blocked from view by the boxes on the James Earl Jones Theatre seating chart. You can see an example of this in the image below.



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James Earl Jones Theatre Balcony Seating Views

The Balcony Level of the James Earl Jones Theatre is the final seating option available to theatergoers. This upper level is significantly higher up in the theater than the Mezzanine, so you’ll get a sweeping view of the stage and the theater.



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From the upper sides of the Balcony Level, You’ll be high up in the theater, and some elements of the set design may be cut off from the top of the stage. If you’re in one of the last rows of the Balcony, it’s highly likely that some of the upper areas of the set will be obscured, so just keep that in mind while shopping.



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