A New Kind of Improv Theater

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Seasoned MFTA shoppers know that meandering through our warehouse aisles leaves one susceptible to discovering unexpected treasures, a wandering imagination, and to thinking outside the box. In this particular case, we’re talking about the black box.

Nestled amidst the brick and concrete of the East Village, sits the green oasis of the community garden, Le Petit Versailles (LPV). Within LPV lies yet another safe haven, a temporary “cine-sculpture” called The Blue Balcony. Designed and built by the artist collective, Et al, The Blue Balcony is a movie theater that does not screen movies!  With the absence of actual film projections, Et Al has created a dream world, enhancing our sensory experiences through sound and light.

balcony on stilts

To produce the work, Et Al told us they relied on materials obtained from, MFTA, Build It Green! and a donation from Participant Inc, as well as gathering scrap lumber from construction sites. They told us “Because this was a work-in-progress we had no idea what it would look like before we made it, so a lot of the aesthetic design was inspired by materials found at MFTA.  This is especially true for the material used to make the ceiling and textures chosen in the design of the walls and floor.  Even the design of the control room features some unexpected components found at MFTA that fit perfectly with our vision for the space.”

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Built on stilts, The Blue Balcony is a small yet magical theater that provides a cozy space for an audience to peer out the window that overlooks the garden, and also to be inspired by the sites within.  Drawing inspiration from the extravagant ornamentation of cinema palaces of the 1920’s, as well as The Versailles Gardens,  and Aesop’s fables, the Balcony is a decadent rendition of fantasy created to make the average citizen feel like royalty.

The moral of the story is…Never underestimate where a walk through the MFTA warehouse might take you!

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balcony seats

For more information: hours of operation/ Screening times

LPV is a public space located at 247 East Second Street between Avenue B & C

The Blue Balcony is open every day from 7:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. and in operation from March 4th- 31.  For additional screening times and special programs, please refer to the Balcony’s events calendar:


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