Arts patrons are used to receiving holiday greetings, usually with fundraising appeals, at this time of year. Hippodrome Theatre subscribers got a very different message about a week ago, something many of them apparently likened to an eviction notice.
A change in booking policy at the Hippodrome, from several multiweek shows to almost all one-week shows during the 2015-2016 season, will necessitate reseating thousands of people. A letter announcing the change informed subscribers of their new seat locations.
The Hippodrome has fielded over 1,000 calls from disgruntled people since then, along with any number of emails, letters and heated postings on Facebook.