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Areas and structures in a theatre or cinema

aisle

noun

a passage between rows of seats, for example in a church, theater, or airplane, or between the shelves of a supermarket

apron

noun

the part of a theater stage that sticks out toward the audience

auditorium

noun

the part of a theater where the audience sits

backcloth

noun

a backdrop

backdrop

noun

a painted cloth hanging at the back of the stage in a theater

backstage

adverb

in the area behind the stage in a theater, including the rooms where the actors get dressed

backstage

adjective

relating to the area behind the stage in a theater, including the rooms where the actors get dressed

balcony

noun

an upper floor in a theater that sticks out over the main floor

box

noun

a small enclosed space with seats in a theater or sports ground, separate from where the rest of the audience is sitting

box office

noun

the place in a theater where you buy tickets

catwalk

noun

a structure for people to walk on, built high on the side of a building or above a stage in a theater

curtain

noun

a very large piece of cloth that is pulled up or to the side on a theater stage when a performance starts

downstage

adjective, adverb

toward or at the front of the stage in a theater

dress circle

noun

the seats in the front part of the upper floor in a theater. The whole of the upper floor is often called the mezzanine and the lower floor is called the orchestra.

footlights

noun

a row of very bright lights at the front edge of a theater stage

foyer

noun

a large open space near the entrance inside a building, hotel, or theater

gallery

noun

the highest level of a theater where the least expensive seats are

gel

noun

a thin piece of colored plastic that is put over a light to create a special effect in the theater or in a movie

the gods

noun

the highest seats in a theater

greenroom

noun

a room in a theater or television studio where performers can rest and receive visitors

house

noun

the part of a theater, concert hall, etc. that contains the audience

the houselights

noun

the lights in the main part of a theater where the audience sits

loge

noun

the front section of the lowest balcony in a theater

loge

noun

a small private area with seats in a theater, separate from the main area

marquee

noun

a low roof attached to the front of a theater above its entrance that has a sign with the name of a movie, show, or performer on it

offstage

adjective, adverb

in or toward the area behind a theater stage where the audience cannot see

onstage

adjective, adverb

on the stage of a theater

orchestra

noun

the area in front of and below a theater stage where an orchestra sits and plays the music for an opera, ballet, or musical

orchestra pit

noun

the orchestra 2

peanut gallery

noun

the least expensive seats at the back of a theater, or the people who sit in them. This word sometimes shows that you think these people are not important.

pit

noun

the place in front of a stage where an orchestra sits

proscenium

noun

the part of a theater stage that is in front of the curtain

rostrum

noun

a small raised area that you stand on so that you can be seen, for example by an audience or an orchestra

row

noun

a line of seats in a theater

runway

noun

a long narrow stage at a fashion show or in a theater

safety curtain

noun

a thick heavy curtain in front of the stage in a theater, used for preventing a fire from spreading

scenery

noun

the furniture and painted background on a theater stage

screen

noun

the flat surface in a movie theater where the picture is shown

set

noun

a stage or other place where a movie or television program is made or where a play is performed

set

noun

the scenery and furniture used in a movie, play, or television program to make the stage look like a particular place

the silver screen

noun

the screen that movies are shown on

stage

noun

the part of a theater where the actors or musicians perform

stage door

noun

the entrance to a theater for actors and other people who work there

stalls

noun

the seats in front of the stage on the lowest level of a theater, movie theater, etc.

upstage

adverb

at or toward the back of the stage in a theater

the wings

noun

the right or left side of a stage that you cannot see if you are in the audience

upstage

adjective

out front

in the part of a theater where the audience sits

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