Salt Lake's Eccles Theater shows 'incredible' revenue returns in debut year

Once-controversial theater's 2017 returns exceeded projections by more than double

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  • Erin09 Bountiful, UT
    April 23, 2018 3:03 p.m.

    lovinlife13 - you are so very wrong. The cheapest tickets for Hamilton were not $200. The cheapest tickets for Hamilton were $75 in Tier 3. We purchased our Hamilton tickets for $125 (Tier 2) plus a $13 service charge. If you're only looking at tickets on and Stubhub, you're looking at marked up, after-market tickets. And Hamilton tickets at $200/ticket is still a great deal considering you're not spending a fortune on airfare to NYC or Chicago and getting hotels, etc. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and, the show was so incredible ... it was worth every penny!

  • lovinlife13 North Salt Lake, UT
    April 23, 2018 2:17 p.m.

    Of course they are making a huge profit. Capitol Theater tickets started at $18-30. The Eccles Theater starts their tickets at over $200. That's higher than the highest priced ticket at Capitol. I love the theater and I love the quality of the shows we get in Salt Lake. But sadly, at those ticket prices, I will likely never be able to see another Broadway show in Utah. I simply can't afford to spend a $1,000 to take my family to a 3 hour activity, no matter how good the quality is.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    April 22, 2018 10:41 p.m.

    Don't want to be a fly in the ointment, but maybe due to the tremendous financial success a reduction in the price of tickets would be warranted so many more people could enjoy this very fine theater experience.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 22, 2018 3:22 p.m.

    It amazes me the incredible talent there is in this valley. We are patrons of Hale Theatre (more in our pocketbook)! The productions there rival shows that we have seen on Broadway and even in London (Le Miz)! The vocal renditions of every single character in the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" recently were absolutely incredible! Their new theatre is absolute breathtaking!

    Even though this is an article about Eccles (out of my price range), I felt that Hales was left out of
    the discussion with your other options, and I wanted to give this superb venue my own personal shout out!

  • dell San Antonio, TX
    April 22, 2018 2:58 p.m.

    2.6 million operating profit on a $120 million investment is a 2.1% return on the investment. That’s better than a checking account pays...and most government projects.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    April 22, 2018 10:45 a.m.

    It is good to see continued support for the arts here in Utah.

    When one pauses to consider where we are geographically--far from either coast, a relatively small State in a large nation--and to honestly assess both the quantity and quality of performing arts entertainment, Utahns both support and are greatly enriched by the arts. From Shakespeare, to the Eccles Theater, the Symphony, Ballet and Opera, to Pioneer Theater, and even Desert Star and a host of community theaters, to school, church, and community marching bands annually on display on the Pioneer Day Parade, this little State has some tremendous cultural offerings.

    We must be cautious and conservative with taxpayer monies devoted to any non-essential effort. But the arts enrich a community in a way that bowling allies and swimming pools or soccer fields/stadiums simply don't. From Shakespeare to Gilbert and Sullivan, Mozart to Bernstein, fine art enriches and perpetuates culture and language.

    Congrats to the Eccles theater.