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Theater Ticket BargainsTheater tickets for Broadway and off-Broadway shows are sold at a discount on performance day at three TKTS booths. The Times Square booth, in Midtown Manhattan, is at Broadway and 47th Street. Ticket purchase hours are 3-8 for Wed.-Sat. and Mon. evening performances and 2-8 for Tues. evening shows; Sun. 3 p.m. until 30 minutes before the latest curtain time being sold; and 10-2 for Wed., Thurs. and Sat. matinee tickets. For Sun. matinee and evening tickets purchase hours are 11-3.

In Lower Manhattan tickets can be purchased at the South Street Seaport booth, on Front Street, Mon.-Sat. 11-6 for evening performances and 11-4 for Sun. evening shows (closed Sun. in winter). Matinee tickets must be purchased a day in advance.

In downtown Brooklyn tickets are sold at 1 MetroTech Center on the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade. For same-day evening and next day matinee performances, tickets can be purchased Tues.-Sat. 11-3 and 3:30-6. A $4.50 surcharge is added to the ticket price. Cash, travelers checks and major credit cards are accepted. Caution: Lines form early, so work this into your list of things to do today. For more information phone (212) 912-9770.

Free coupons for a 30 to 50 percent discount off the box-office purchase price of tickets for some shows are available at many newsstands, coffee shops and drugstores, and from the NYC & Company Visitor Information Center (see Fast Facts). The coupons are seldom valid on weekends.

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