Friday, January 30, 2009

Bethesda entertainment venues suffering with the economy

From an article in the Gazette:

Bethesda Theatre may soon cut ticket prices for Wednesday and Thursday shows (but not weekend shows) and has cut some parts of its budget.

Imagination Stage canceled a few productions and although they haven't layed anyone off it is possible they will. Their ticket sales have been stable but have had other funding sources reduced.

Ticket sales have also been steady at Round House Theater but they are trying to cut 15% from their budget and have layed off three people.

I have been curious how Bethesda, MD manages to support three different theaters(Imagination stage is geared towards kids, so really only two), I wonder how much of their viability is dependent on grants/state funding/corporate donations and how much if it is from ticket sales. Have you gone to the theater in the past year?

[where: 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814]
[where: 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814]
[where: 7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD]

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