General admission tickets to The Washington Ballet, the District's resident ballet company, are available this season one hour prior to performances for as little as $1.

The general admission price is $1 for weeknight performances, $2 for Saturday matinees and $3 for Friday and Saturday night performances.

The Washington Ballet's general admission ticketing plan was inaugurated during the company's fall 1981 series. The ballet's regular patrons could buy reserved seats for $7.50 and $10 in advance of the performances, and many other people took advantage of the lower prices for last-minute tickets, which resulted in standing room only houses for all performances, a Washington Ballet spokesman said.

The ballet plans to continue offering the reduced price tickets to its series performances until its audience expands to the point where every performance is sold out in advance.

The Washington Ballet will open its spring series with five performances, Feb. 10-13, at Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. The first program, to be presented Feb. 10, 11 and 13 at 8 p.m., will include "Variations Serieuses" and "Double Contrasts" by Choo San Goh, plus "Othello" by Lambros Lambrou.

The second program, to be presented Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., will feature "Echoes" by John Meehan, "Pelleas and Melisande" by Gray Veredon, and "Birds of Paradise" by Choo San Goh. For information, call 362-4644.