How to Buy Cheap Theater Tickets in San Francisco

Score Tickets to the Hottest Shows

By Adam Casalino – November 30, 2018

The San Francisco Bay Area is teeming with amazing theater experiences. But did you know you don’t have to break the bank to get in on the fun? Your pals at RushTix has a beat on all things theater. We’ve collected the best ways you can score great tickets at a discount to some of the city’s hottest new shows. (The very best way to score last-minute tickets to sold out events is to join RushTix today. Click here to sign up now).

Check out these tips and tricks and you’ll be singing along to your favorite show tunes in no time. Discover the best deals on theater tickets in San Francisco today.

Buying at the Box Office

In this day and age, it seems like you can get everything online. But did you know one of the best ways to score tickets is through the box office directly? Calling the theater, or showing up at the box office before the show, can help you land a great deal.

Theaters can offer recommendations, clue you in on the best show times, even help you get the best seats for a particular show. Plus, you can avoid extra fees that are often slapped onto online sales.

And hey, talking with a human one-on-one is always nicer than staring at a screen, right? Right!

Going to the Show with a Group

I’m sorry if you’re the lone wolf type, but going to the theater with a group yields great rewards. Not only does it make the theater-going experience all the more dynamic, but you can also get a group rate for tickets!

Most theaters are super eager to sell tickets to groups. They like to see a packed-out theater, after all. If they know you are bringing roughly 10-15 people with you, they’ll be happy to offer those seats at a discount. And as long as your friends chip in their fair share, you’ll be saving big time (except, of course, for that one friend, who’s always slow in paying you back. Maybe leave him out of this one).

Students Get Special Pricing

We know, students never have that much cash to throw around. When a pizza is an extravagant expense, who has the money for theater tickets, right?

Well, theaters know this, that’s why they offer student pricing. Many places offer deeply discounted tickets or Rush programs for students (or customers under 30). In some cases, you can save up to 50% on tickets. Now you have no excuse for missing the latest Lin-Manuel Miranda joint.

Get in on Rush Tickets

Rushing tickets may sound like some kind of extreme sport, but it’s one of the best ways of getting cheap tickets for shows.

Many theaters have “rush policies,” for selling day-of tickets at reduced prices. They don’t like seeing empty seats for their big shows, would you? So, they like to fill up those last-minute seats, offering tickets for cheap.

But “rush” is the operative word. Many theater-goers look to rush tickets at the box office for discounts, so you have to be quick!

Want to avoid throwing elbows for your tickets? Join RushTix today and get easy access to sold-out shows (and more) all over the Bay Area.

Adam Casalino

Adam Casalino is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. Just a boy from Brooklyn who’s traveled the country with a pen in his hand. He lives to write and only bothers to do anything else when the doctors mandate it.

About RushTix

RushTix is the first-of-its-kind experience subscription. We curate the best events at exclusive members-only prices in the San Francisco Bay Area, with plans to expand to other cities soon. Founded in 2015, the company’s mission is to help people discover local arts and culture by building a vibrant community of culture lovers and experience creators.

RushTix was created by Jill Bourque and Johnny Funcheap, who joined forces to make arts and culture more accessible. Jill is a recovering stand-up comedian and producer of hundreds of theater shows, including the global phenomenon, "How We First Met" which played in 23 cities around the world. Johnny is the mastermind behind Funcheap, the most popular source of fun things to do in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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