FAQ2019-09-25T18:33:12+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Cowardly Lion from 2008 Wizard of Oz has answers to your FAQ
Can I rent or buy stadium seats there?2021-06-10T19:53:07+00:00

Rent or buy our fantastic stadium chairs

Absolutely! Stadium seats (aka LEGLESS and cushioned) are available for purchase ($50) or rent ($5 for classic or $10 for modern). Find our friendly Stadium Seat Booth stand at the top of the entry path.

Remember that we do not allow “legged” seats or chairs of any kind. If you bring your own, make sure they have NO LEGS at all like the ones seen below. Finally, other ideal seats include blankets, cushions, or sheets – they also make good picnic areas!

 

Can I save seats?2022-03-22T21:52:20+00:00

Because the front gate of the theatre opens at 9 a.m., audience members may not save seats before that time. When you arrive, after 9 a.m., you may reserve seats for up to 10 people in your party who have not yet arrived, but we ask that one person not save more than ten seats. Please be courteous to others by using only one seat space per person. DO NOT USE CAUTION TAPE. Caution tape is used by Mountain Play security staff, and if it is found around seats, it will be removed. Instead, blankets, beach towels, small signs, or other kinds of tape are excellent ways to set seats aside for your group.

TL;DR
What’s most important to remember:

  • Arrive after 9 a.m.
  • One person can save ten seats, and no more
  • You may not use caution tape to save seats – Security will remove it.

If you don’t want to worry about having to save seats for you and your party, consider purchasing reserved seating. Click here for more information about Reserved Seating.

Can Weather Affect the Show?2022-03-22T21:46:55+00:00

On Mount Tamalpais, the weather is one of the characters and a part of the story and overall experience. As an outdoor experience, we are subject to the limitations that inclement weather and Red-Flag Warnings can bring. For more information about Red-Flag Warnings, check out the Cal Fire website.

We check the weather the morning of the performance date. If there is any concern, we monitor it very closely, and, when needed, we will post a status message on our website home page and our office voicemail by 7:00 am. on the day of the performance.

NO REFUNDS are given on any ticket purchase. If the performance is canceled due to weather or a red flag advisory, all tickets for the canceled date will be honored at our backup date, shown below. No formal exchange will be required. Just bring your ticket to the backup performance date. If you can not attend the backup performance, a formal exchange will be required. All exchanges are subject to seating & parking availability. For a formal exchange, please call our office Mon – Fri 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at 415-383-1100.

If a performance is cancelled?2022-03-22T21:58:54+00:00

If the performance is canceled due to weather or weather advisory, all tickets for the canceled date will be honored at our backup performance. No formal exchange will be required. Just bring your ticket to the backup performance. If you can not attend the backup performance, a formal exchange will be required. All exchanges are subject to seating & parking availability. For a formal exchange, please call our office Mon – Fri 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 415-383-1100.

We check the weather the morning of the performance date. If there is any concern, we monitor it very closely, and, when needed, we will post a status message on our website home page and our office voicemail by 7:00 a.m. on the day of the performance.

Our backup date for our 2022 season is Saturday, June 18, 2022.

What is the seating like?2022-03-22T21:44:59+00:00

1938 Cushing Amphitheatre construction

Most seating in this 3,750 stone seat amphitheatre is general admission, meaning that the seats are first-come, first-served. People often arrive early for the show to picnic at their seats, hike, and enjoy the state park. These stone seats were built by the Works Project Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 1936 to 1940. They were mined from Mount Tamalpais itself and are a remarkable feat of human ingenuity.

As historically impressive as it is, sitting on large rocks and dirt can get a little bumpy. We suggest bringing blankets, towels, or cushions to sit on. If you bring any chairs or seating with legs, they will not be allowed in the amphitheatre. We also rent and sell stadium chairs (seats with NO LEGS) for $10 and up. If you bring a picnic, remember that the path behind you is the foot space for the next row. Please be aware of your neighbors and embrace kindness.

 

When and where do the shuttles pick up?2022-03-22T21:37:46+00:00

To reduce the number of cars going up Mount Tamalpais, Mountain Play has shuttled guests since the 1980s. We will save you a drive up and reduce your carbon footprint. To help cover the over $100,000 price tag to use the buses, Adults are $10, and Youth 4-25 are $5. Youth 4-25 shuttle up for free on the Opening Day only. They pick up from 2 parking lots in Mill Valley:

Parking at both of these lots is free. The first bus leaves around 10 am and then leaves continuously until 12:45 pm. They go as soon as they fill up, and you get a colorful pass (orange or yellow) to help guide you back to the correct parking lot. At the end of the show, use the parking pass to us to help guide you onto the right bus back home.

All information about our shuttle service, and other forms of transportation, can be found on our website on the Directions page.

Will you offer the Hike Down and the shuttles for our belongings?2021-06-10T20:13:48+00:00

Definitely! After the show, if you took a shuttle bus up from Mill Valley, you can hike back down and leave your belongings for us to drive down after you. Here’s what you do: first, bus up to see the show. Then afterward, leave your belongings, like coolers or bags or picnic baskets, at the bottom right corner of the amphitheatre. There will be a shuttle to load everything into. Your hike starts at the top left-hand corner, on the Rock Springs Trail, towards the West Point Inn. Download a Hike Down Guide here: 2019 Hike Directions. You can also pick one up on the day of the performance at the Merchandise Booth.

We offer a mid-way point pickup, so if you’re tired when you get to the Mountain Home Inn, you can stop there. Refresh yourself with some beverages or a snack, and then catch our Midway shuttle at 6: 30, 6:50, or 7:10 p.m. back to your car. If you’re feeling good and want to walk all the way to Mill Valley, go for it! Your belongings will be there waiting for you at the Bank of Marin parking lot, where you can board another shuttle back to your car.

All along the way are Mountain Play Volunteers to help you stay on the correct trail. Please give them a Hey Ho holler as you walk on by!

If you take part, you’re involved in a very long tradition of original Mountain Play goers. You’re an honorary Mountain Play Hiker.

If you have any other questions, please email [email protected], or call our administrative office at 415-383-1100.

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