Show’s over: Downtown TKTS booth quietly closes - Brooklyn Paper

Show’s over: Downtown TKTS booth quietly closes

A TKTS booth in Downtown, scheduled to open July 10, will sell discounted same-day tickets for Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
The Brooklyn Paper / Sebastian Kahlnert

And … scene.

Local theater-lovers now have to schlep across the East River to score half-price tickets for Broadway plays after Brooklyn’s lone TKTS window closed earlier this month with no grand finale.

Bigwigs at stage-advocacy group the Theatre Development Fund, which opened the Downtown booth in MetroTech Center next to this newspaper’s headquarters in 2008, shut the window down on Sept. 1 due to several months of low sales, according to a spokesman.

“In the past year, ticket sales have declined to where it wasn’t feasible for TDF, a not-for-profit service organization, to maintain an outlet at this location,” said David LeShay.

The Kings County kiosk — like its three surviving counterparts in Manhattan — sold same-day and next-day discount tickets for shows on and off Broadway, but also hawked stubs to performances at local institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and was the first of the organization’s booths to accept credit cards when it opened a decade ago.

And the low-cost entertainment regularly drew queues of locals to the booth, where just last month a patron waiting in line to score theater seats had to duck and cover after gunfire rang out in the MetroTech campus.

But LeShay assured that plummeting profits, not the gun shots, were to blame for the demise of the local TKTS post, which he claimed struggled to make money since it debuted.

“Since opening in the summer of 2008, sales have always been light,” he said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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