Cheap seats to cost more at Moonlight Amphitheater

The cheap seats are going to cost a little more at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheater next summer. 

A split City Council voted 3-2 last week to a list of requests from the city-owned and operated outdoor venue — including increasing the ticket price for general admission lawn seating by $2 for a single show during the summer season. Council members Amanda Rigby and Cody Campbell cast the “no” votes.

Tickets for the unreserved lawn — a grassy hillside above the amphitheater’s main seating area — will rise to $17 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and $22 on Fridays and Saturdays. The increase to the cheap seat prices comes a year after the city OK’d raising all single-show tickets by $3 across the board. Before that, the last price hike was in 2011.

On Oct.11, Moonlight Stage Productions also won permission from the City Council to add one extra performance date to each of its summer shows. The theater group’s staple offerings include a summer season of four Broadway musicals.

The additional four performances could bring in an extra $86,500 each year. 

No other ticket prices will increase for the summer shows. Depending on the day of the performance, reserved lawn tickets typically cost $27 to $32, reserved seats are generally $42 to $45, and orchestra seats are $52 to $55.

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