There’s a timely article in today’s St. Louis Post Dispatch by Michael Sorkin about the 50% increase in the SLSO’s lowest price concert ticket that’s worth your time…
My favorite part of the article is the quote from SLSO president, Randy Adams, about the price hike,
"Fifteen dollars is only slightly more than the price of a good movie,"
According to statistics compiled and provided by the National Association of Theatre Owners, the average cost of a movie ticket in 2004 was $6.21. According to those same statistics, movie tickets go up about 3.5% every year so you can expect 2005 to be in the neighborhood of $6.42.
If Randy Adams was talking about the old $10.00 ticket price I think that would be a fair statement, but the new price is now more than double the average movie ticket price. Michael’s article also factors in the costs of ticket surcharges and parking in his article and determined that the cost of two lowest price seats in St. Louis came to $43.00.
The article also points out that the SLSO gives away 50 free tickets to each of their concerts (with a limit of six free tickets per subscriber on a first come, first serve basis).