Hey, Matthew - I smuggle in fruit (grapes especially) into the movie all the time - shhhh don't tell anyone.
Speaking of a can of worms I shall attempt some math,
In 1962 (the year we first went to the ballet and saw the Bolshoi) I remember very well that a ticket for the best seats was $10.50, ( Philadelphia, Academy of Music) and a salary for that time was around $10,000 (not that my student husband made that - but it was an average salary).
Today the price for best ticket (at least in this area) for a company like the Bolshoi is around 90.00 - while an average salary is around $45,000.
I believe that it works out that a ticket costs twice as much now relative to the salary of the times. (There was sorely needed input from the resident engineer to work out these high mathematical details) (hey, I can count fouettés, so I am not a total loss).
Anywaaaaaaay, prices have gone up. As for gov't subsidies (I think this can be discussed without getting all political
) - does it help with keeping down the price of a ticket? Or does it help with other costs like new productions?
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