Today at The Clinton: Sunday, Nov 19

New Ticket Pricing

Only you know your financial circumstances, and rather than have some rigid arbitrary labels determining who pays what, I'm leaving it up to you, our theater patrons.

I'm getting a lot of questions about this, so here's the scoop. We are a small, struggling, independent arhouse working hard to bring unique programming to our Portland neighborhood and community.

In the past we had a $6 general admission ticket price, and a $4 ticket price for shows before six, and for students and 62+ seniors. But I know plenty of seniors who can afford the $6 and are happy to pay that or more that in support of the theater, and there are folks who are neither seniors or students for whom that extra $2 means a great deal. So from here on out, all regular event tickets are fully donation based. I'm going to make you, the customer, decide what you can afford to pay, or what you feel it's worth to come to this small independent theater that plays amazing non-Hollywood fare. Maybe it's the week before payday and you're stretching every dollar, or it's the day after and you feel flush. Maybe you had an illness and a big medical bill, or you unexpectedly need to replace your furnice. Maybe you just won the lottery. Only you know your financial circumstances, and rather than have some rigid arbitrary labels determining who pays what, I'm leaving it up to you, our theater patrons.

This new pricing applies to all regular Clinton Street Theater movies and events. As you know, we have many events that come to us from someone else, and the ticket prices for those events may differ. So, for anyone renting the theater for a night keeps 100% of the door, and they get to set the ticket price. This is true of Science on Tap and many of the independent filmmakers.

We also have some events that are shared with another party like the Monkey With A Hat On productions or In Other Words Community Center with our REEL Feminism series. For these types of events tickets are generally $5.

Live music concerts may also have a higher ticket price since there is more that goes into putting them on, like paying the talent, the PA system, lighting, etc., and sometimes I need to charge a higher ticket price when a distributor requires up to $450 for the screening rights. This is true for most of the 35mm prints, for which I not only have to pay the high guarantee, but also for expensive shipping.

Yes, I know, it's all rather confusing. Just please remember that I care most of all about you being able to see what we've got playing at the Clinton. No one will ever be turned away for lack of funds at a theater-sponsored event, and I would never, ever want to limit you generosity in supporting our struggling independent venue.