It’s going to be a lot easier for Brooklynites to give their regards to Broadway starting this summer.
On July 10, the curtain will go up at a new TKTS booth on the Metrotech office campus in Downtown. Like its Manhattan counterparts, the booth, at Jay Street and the Myrtle Avenue promenade, will sell same-day discount tickets to on- and off-Broadway shows.
But unlike the Manhattan ticket windows, the Metrotech outpost will offer ducats to performing arts venues in Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, and St. Ann’s Warehouse. It will also be the first to accept credit cards.
The booth will “add cachet to all the other things that are happening in Downtown Brooklyn, particularly of a cultural nature,” said Mike Weiss, executive director of the Metrotech Business Improvement District. “It’s a beacon of some really attractive activity in and around Downtown.”
The booth will open as more than 20,000 new residents begin moving into the area and tens of thousands of office workers, college students, and Marriott hotel guests descend on the area each day. Weiss said that surveys show that Downtown residents and workers would double their theater-going if there was a convenient, inexpensive way to get tickets.
It’s not the first time the Theatre Development Fund has put a TKTS booth in Downtown. There was a TKTS window in the plaza outside the state Supreme Court building near Montague Street from 1985 to 1993 and, before that, on the Fulton Mall at Albee Square.
TKTS booths offer same-day evening and next-day matinee tickets for Broadway and off-Broadway shows at discounts of up to 50-percent off full-price.
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