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Do you agree that

in the balcony - refers only to a balcony of a theatre

on the balcony - refers only to a balcony of a house?

Thank you in advance.
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Hi Palinkasocsi,

I never thought about this before, but it makes sense. Our seats are up in the second balcony. She is standing on the balcony.

(Not just a house, but a hotel, office building, etc.)
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Thanks for bringing this up. I have a similar question. I wonder if we should use 'in' or 'on'. Maybe as you've pointed out, it depends on the type of balcony.
I agree. There may be buildings other than domiciles, where balconies don't have "fixed" seating, where one may be standing "on" the balcony.
So you think the use of in/on is a matter of "fixed seating" rather than the location itself: house, office, etc. vs. theatre. Am I right?
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I would use "in" for the sense of balcony that relates to a theater.

I woudl use "on" for the sense of balcony that relates to an architectural element.
I agree with GG. The seating is irrelevant.
I think I'm about to yield on this. I can't think of a place other than a theater or opera house which has fixed seating on/in the balcony. Sports arenas refer to the balcony as the second deck, or upper deck. The second balcony would be the third deck.

My humble apologies. - A.

Edit. Oh dang, I just proved my original point. GG pointed out that houses are not the only buildings which have non-theatrical balconies, where one stands "on" the balcony. I said I agree. It was really just an aside that theaters have fixed seating and the balconies you stand "on" don't. (Maybe some do.) I agree my post was misleading, as it seemed to say the absence of fixed seating was a necessary condition for "standing on the balcony."
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Hi,
Could it be possible that people use 'in' to mean being contained / surrounded by guard-rail / hand-rail, and 'on' to relate to a surface?
Results of my google-search do not seem to support any distinctions between the two prepositions regarding specific locations.
Examples from bbc.co.uk:
"When it rains, we all take shelter in the balcony of my grandfather's house."
"My uncle was in the balcony of our house talking with a friend and the force of the explosion threw them down."
Examples from nytimes.com:
"... is not altogether borne out by the picture of an exhilarated old appearing in the balcony of the White House to exchange sentiments and shouts in honor ... "
"I3e was taken out a rope placed around his deck, and in the balcony of the middle corridor of the jail..."

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