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How is the balcony at the Palace?

rorschach37
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 11:56am
I'm planning on taking my younger sister to see Annie for her birthday in May and wanted to know if the balcony would be too far back. Would she be able to see everything fine from the balcony? She'll be turning 9 years old and she's probably around 4 feet tall.
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jetts7
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 12:30pm
I would say buy the cheapest tickets in the balcony. 99.9%of the time, the balcony is never full and youll be able to move down a little.
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frontrowcentre2
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 01:10pm
Beware it is a very high balcony and very steep. Your sister isn't afraid of heights is she?

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Belle9
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 01:14pm
I saw Annie in the first row of the balcony, and I would not recommend it. It's very high up, so it's hard to see. Also, the front row has a very high railing that blocks the view, so if you do go for the balcony, make sure you're at least in the second row.
rorschach37
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 01:29pm
I think I'll just stick with orch or mezzanine. Thanks!
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 01:35pm
I remember sitting up there for WEST SIDE STORY and feeling like I was trying to watch TV through someone's window. You feel miles away.
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Yero my Hero
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 02:16pm
I feel like someone asks about the balcony at the Palace once a year, and I always reply the same thing: Don't.

Belle9 was right: the railing in front of the balcony is very high, so you can't see much of anything that happens downstage from the front row.

What she didn't mention was that, because of the railing, everyone in the front row leans forward, which means no one behind them can see anything.

The entire balcony is effectively partial view because of that damn railing. Especially if your sister is short, get tickets in another section. She won't be able to see anything.

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Belle9
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 02:31pm
Yeah I remember being conscious of the people behind me the whole time, so I tried not to lean forward. I could barely see anything. And unfortunately, the sets for Annie are so 2-dimensional that being that high up really takes away from the experience. I can't really explain it, but the backdrop is nowhere near the actors from that view. Because you're practically looking directly down, the backdrop behind the actors is effectively the stage floor.
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Rainbowhigh23
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 02:35pm
It's like the balcony at City Center, perhaps higher - I felt like I was in outer space looking down on the earth (this was for Lestat - me and the other two patrons in the entire balcony were able to move down to front mezz eventually). I sat mid-mezz more recently for Annie and although being a tight squeeze I enjoyed it very much; the view was fine, no obstructions at all, and the price difference was nice. I saw lots of kids using booster seats (and having an insane amount of fun sliding off of them).

Don't rule out a mezz seat for yourself and your 9 year old theatergoer, you may save some money and the view is great.
rorschach37
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joined:4/3/10
How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 03:21pm
I saw some right mezz row K seats available that aren't that expensive. Anybody think that would be a decent view?
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Rainbowhigh23
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 03:53pm
I was in Row J Seat 111 back in October and it was fine. The child next to me was in the booster seat but had a great view.
rorschach37
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joined:4/3/10
How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 03:55pm
The ones I was looking at in particular were row K seats 2-6. Thanks for the info!!
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Matt Rogers
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 08:22pm
I would not go for balcony at this theatre. It is very high and steep and as was already posted, there is big metal bar over the front row balcony, so the front row people are forced to lean forward to see without obstruction, but of course that obstructs the second row vewers. All in all, a pretty hellish experience when you will only be looking at little dots running around a stage.
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bwayphreak234
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How is the balcony at the Palace?
Posted: 3/7/13 at 09:19pm
I sat in the balcony for Priscilla and it didn't bother me... The people in row one were leaning over and blocked our view, but the balcony was wide open so we moved to other seats. I personally did not mind the view though.
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