Noises Off: Numbers Games

Local funding up in '97-'00, federal coin down

Theater Communications Group releases its annual report on not-for-profit theaters this week. A few key facts in “Theater Facts 2000”:

  • Last year marks the first time average single ticket income exceeded subscription income.

  • Contributed income grew 36% from 1997 to 2000, while growth expenses rose 22%.

  • Local funding increased 140% during the same time period, with state funding up 20%. From 1997 to 2000, federal giving fell 11%.

  • Of the 262 theaters partaking in the study, 69% broke even or showed a surplus. The average balance of net assets of these theaters reached an unprecedented $4 million in 2000.

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