Attendance slips, but Guthrie Theater ends year in the black

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 13, 2011 - 9:11 AM

The end of a financially stressful year showed a tiny surplus at the theater even though attendance was down a bit from last year.

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mcjoe1Dec. 12, 11 8:09 PM

I wish the theaters around here would come up with better pricing schemes for their seats. It seems like 95% of the seats are the same price, with select premium seats in the front and select discount seats on the back row.

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susanskDec. 12, 11 8:45 PM

Fiscally tight management? Check your facts on what they get paid.

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jarlmnDec. 12, 11 9:09 PM

Bah, we Plebeians should burn down the Guthrie and force all taxpayers to build a glorious new football stadium on the site. We need more bread and circuses, not no thought-provoking plays that don't even have any good fight scenes in them! We need to pay uneducated sports louts exorbitant salaries to run around in funny clothe chasing little balls! Enough of this namby-pamby theater crap! Make me a sammich and bring me a beer!

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sblodenDec. 12, 11 9:49 PM

Yes, naysayers, I too was anti-Guthrie at one point. I have since been -and the entire Guthrie experience is top tier. The building, the location, the views, the crowds and of course the drama, singing and dancing all right before your eyes! Seriously, you have to go and see if you agree. I thought I would never enjoy a play. Five minutes into it I was mesmerized. Then I walked out onto the cantelivered deck in the middle of a snow storm. Blown away! These public projects are worth it when done right. We don't have to have a Guthrie OR a football stadium we can intelligently do both. Location is a major factor, however, and Arden Hills is........a munition dump?

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thunderballDec. 12, 1110:22 PM

It's obvious people,,,the main general director Dowling's Irish luck is running out,,,and has been kind of stale, very predictable productions. High time for a new artistic director at the Guthrie! Look at the great theater that G theater was producing in the mid-late 70's, early 80's...Need We say more?

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Truckman182Dec. 13, 11 7:39 AM

I imagine it would be easy to be in the black as a business if somebody built your building for free. They should be in the black with a free multi-million dollar facility.....

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Lady_FatboyDec. 13, 11 7:45 AM

Don't knock it until you've tried it! The Guthrie is the best thing going in Minneapolis period!

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buckshot1Dec. 13, 11 8:29 AM

What, a private business getting taxpayer money? How is it ok to give Guthrie money but not money towards a new stadium?

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sibleyarmyDec. 13, 11 9:15 AM

The Guthrie needs to fix up its common areas so they are open and inviting. I was a season ticket holder since 1982, and canceled this year after too many bad shows and the awful common areas (dark, low ceilings). When will they wise up and redesign these?

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annekimDec. 13, 1110:10 AM

I love the Guthrie! Can't wait to see The Christmas Carol tomorrow!

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