This week Kyle and I saw “War Horse” at our local theater, which was the kick-off show for the Broadway musicals series to which we have season tickets. We LOVE our local theater. This is only its fourth year in existence so it feels super-new and the staff are really nice and it’s in a slightly-more-upscale area of downtown so there are restaurants and pleasant areas to walk nearby.
Best of all, it’s fairly inexpensive! We are paying less than $30 per ticket per show and we enjoy it so much. The first season the theater was open we bought tickets to a single show in the upper balcony to determine if those seats gave us a good enough view to commit to season tickets. We were really impressed – we were able to see and hear very well. So all our season tickets since then have been for the upper balcony, and we cut our price even further by buying tickets for the “Super Saver” discount weekday evening.
During War Horse’s intermission we walked over to chat with some friends we spotted in the next section over. They stated that they didn’t care for their current seats and much preferred when they had had tickets on the orchestra level. Their evening really seemed to have been marred by what they considered unacceptable tickets.
I don’t know about you, but I find the nosebleeds satisfactory basically all the time. I’m willing to pay for admission to certain events event, but my assessment is that the price bump to have closer seats is not worth the marginal increase in enjoyment of the experience. I’ll pay to get in the door but that’s where it stops – at least at our current income! I mean, hey, we’re already being fancy by even going to the theater – I think that’s pretty good! Then again, I haven’t exactly been spoiled by seeing lots of performances or events close up.
When there is open seating though, I’m willing to put in a bit of extra time to get closer and have a better view (and not stand behind tall people). I guess this is just another example of me being more conservative with my money than my time!
Can you enjoy a performance or sporting event from the nosebleeds? What section do you prefer?