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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, theatre, or plane, or between the shelves of a supermarket

apron

noun

the part of a theatre stage that sticks out towards the audience

auditorium

noun

the part of a theatre, cinema etc where the audience sits

backcloth

noun

a cloth that hangs at the back of a stage, especially a painted one used in a play

backdrop

noun

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

backstage

adverb

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

backstage

adjective

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

balcony

noun

an upper floor in a theatre or cinema that sticks out over the main floor

box

noun

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

box office

noun

the place in a theatre 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 theatre

curtain

noun

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

downstage

adjective, adverb

towards or at the front of the stage in a theatre

dress circle

noun

the seats in the front part of the upper floor in a theatre. The whole of the upper floor is called the circle and the lower floor is the stalls.

footlights

noun

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

foyer

noun

a large open space close to the entrance inside a building, hotel, or theatre

front of house

noun

the parts of a theatre, cinema, or concert hall that the audience uses

gallery

noun

the highest level of a theatre, cinema etc where the least expensive seats are

gel

noun

a thin piece of coloured plastic that is put over a light to create a special effect in the theatre or in a film

the gods

noun

the highest seats in a theatre

green room

noun

a room where performers can relax in a theatre or television studio

house

noun

the part of a theatre, cinema, concert hall etc that contains the audience

the houselights

noun

the lights in the main part of a theatre or cinema where the audience sits

jell

another spelling of gel1

marquee

noun

a low roof fixed to the front of a theatre or cinema above its entrance that has a sign with the name of a film, show etc

offstage

adjective, adverb

in or towards the area behind a theatre stage where the audience cannot see

onstage

adjective, adverb

on the stage of a theatre

orchestra pit

noun

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

pit

noun

the place in front of a stage where an orchestra sits

proscenium

noun

the part of a theatre 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 theatre or cinema

safety curtain

noun

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

scenery

noun

the furniture and painted background on a theatre stage

screen

noun

the flat surface in a cinema where the picture is shown

set

noun

a stage or other place where a film or television programme is made or where a play is performed

set

noun

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

the silver screen

noun

the screen that films are shown on

stage

noun

the part of a theatre where the actors or musicians perform

stage door

noun

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

stalls

noun

the seats in front of the stage on the lowest level of a theatre, cinema etc

upstage

adverb

at or towards the back of the stage in a theatre

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 theatre where the audience sits

the circle

the upper floor of a theatre or cinema

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