Music: The Met by Wire

The movie managers played it big. In Omaha, red carpeting was stretched from curb to lobby; in Asbury Park, N. J., advertisements invited people to come in evening clothes (but very few did); in Richmond, Va., the popcorn machine was hauled out of sight for the night. Ticket prices were scaled as high as $7.20. Finally, when all was in readiness, some 60,000 customers marched into theaters in 27 cities to see a live performance of Carmen, coming from the Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan over closed-circuit television.

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