While most local box office agents declined to share their names "for legal reasons," they volunteered the following information on Downtown's theater deals -- with some significant caveats:
a) theatergoers should call ahead and confirm that the discounts are available for the show they're interested in; theaters often work with other companies to co-produce a show and cannot offer reduced prices on such "special events,"
b) keep in mind that prices are subject to change and
c) if you're calling in advance, believe the person in the box office if they say they're not sure if discounts will be offered. They may not know discount details until a month or so before the show.
Acme Comedy Company, 708 N. 1st St., 338-6393, www.acmecomedycompany.com.
Customers with a valid student ID get $6 off show admission Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are normally $12.
Guthrie Theater and Guthrie Lab, 725 Vineland Place and 700 N. 1st St., respectively, 377-2224, www.guthrietheater.org.
Both the Guthrie Theater and Lab offer full-time college students and seniors (62 and over) $5 off the full-ticket price, usually $19-$45. They also offer half-priced tickets to those 8-17 on any night but Saturday.
For Guthrie productions, the rush line is public and is not restricted to students and seniors. Tickets are just $12.50, regardless of the normal ticket price. Rush lines open 10 minutes before showtime, however rushers are encouraged to get there 45 minutes prior to the show.
Historic Pantages, Orpheum and State theaters, Located on Hennepin Avenue South between 7th and 10th streets, 339-7007 (press "0"), www.hennepintheatredistrict.com.
The Historic Hennepin Theatres most often offers a student rush line, but occassionally opens the rush to seniors or the broader public. Discounts also vary widely by show. Definitely call ahead.
Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave. S., 339-4944 (box office is open Tuesdays- Fridays, 1-5 p.m.), www.illusiontheater.org.
Normally offers a $5 discount to students on main stage shows, which are usually $20-$25, but not on "fresh ink" productions (specially presented new shows). Sometimes offers senior discounts; varies by show.
Music Box Theatre, 1407 Nicollet Ave., 871-1414, tripleespresso.com.
Tickets to ongoing performances of "Triple Espresso," normally $31.50-$36.50, are $4 off for seniors (62+). Plus, through Sept. 5, tickets are $10 off for those 17 and under. A students-only rush featuring half-price tickets opens 15 minutes before showtime.
Red Eye Theater, 15 W. 14th St., 870-0309, www.theredeye.org.
Most tickets over $8 are about one-third off for students and seniors. Shows are typically $10-$17. Needs volunteer ushers (call office number above).
Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., 340-1725, www.southerntheater.org.
Most shows offer a $2 discount for students, seniors and low-income buyers. Tickets are usually about $20. Needs volunteer ushers, if interested, call 340-0155 Ext. 10.
Theatre de la Jeune Lune,105 N. 1st St., 333-6200, www.jeunelune.org.
Students get $2 off and seniors get $3 off, Fridays or Sundays. Tickets are normally $15-$30, depending on the evening of the show. Rushers get 10 minutes to obtain $10 tickets; only students can rush.
Theatre in the Round Players, 245 Cedar Ave. S., 333-3010, www.theatreintheround.org.
Students and seniors (62 and over) get a $2 break Fridays and Sundays. Tickets are normally $20. Volunteer ushers are needed, if interested call 333-2919.