Box Office: Exploding the Explosion

If the U.S. is undergoing a cultural explosion, much of the noise is being made by the clatter of rising new arts centers. That does not mean, however, that the arts themselves are in step with construction or that audiences are in step with the arts. According to a massive three-year study published last week by the Twentieth Century Fund,* professional performances and audiences constitute a woefully weak link in the chain reaction. Items:

— Despite the rising affluence of Americans, expenditures on the performing arts grew only proportionately to the gross...

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