Looking for a little weekend entertainment? You could shell out $20 to watch thespian Nicholas Cage ride across an IMAX screen in a reprisal of his breakout role as a beleaguered bounty hunter in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D. Or, you can hang onto that Jackson 'til next fall, when the Metropolitan Opera introduces a new seat pricing system that will increase the price of premium seats while bringing down the price of cheaper seats to just twenty bucks a pop.
More sought after seats will undergo a price increase by an average of 7.6 percent, with prime orchestra seats shooting up to as much as $320 a ticket. But prices for the cheapest seats will go down by $5, meaning you'll be able to snag a seat to next season's performance of Thomas Adès’s "The Tempest" at the same cost as a 3D movie ticket. The opera also plans to add more seats to the less expensive pricing zones, making about one third of the seats in the house cost under $100. Subscription prices for the 2012-2013 season will undergo a 4.2 percent increase as well.
General Manager Peter Gelb told the Wall Street Journal that he hopes the price changes will help drum up revenue for the Met, which has had trouble raking in high enough profit from ticket sales alone.