Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” Is Such an Event on Broadway That Tickets Are Being Scalped on StubHub


Want to see Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman”? In Manhattan, at Broadway’s Belasco Theater, the month long screening is such an event that tickets are being scalped on

Never mind that you can see “The Irishman” at the Landmark 57, and downtown at the IFC Center. Tickets are $17.50 plus tax and service charges.

But everyone wants to go to the Belasco. The New York Times even wrote about it today, about the ornate theater and the special design in the lobby.

What the Times didn’t mention is that Belasco tickcts are very sold out. This past weekend was jammed, and after that word of mouth has done the rest of the job.

So, of course, New Yorkers have turned to Stubhub, the king of the secondary market. For every show, there are a few seats available on their site. The price average is $65, which is high for a movie but low low low for a Broadway show.

At the high end, there’s a center balcony seat this Friday night for $94. Center orchestra seats, which are rare, are running around $100.00.

Mind you, you can still go to the other theaters. This is strictly a Belasco situation. In Hollywood, no tickets have turned up on Stubhub for the run at the American Cinemateque, aka the Egyptian Theater. Angelenos are stubbornly lazy. They will wait for “The Irishman” to hit Netflix before asking their drivers to get out the Maybach and take them downtown for a three-and-a-half hour movie!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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