Box (theatre)

In a theatre, a box, loge,[1] or opera box is a small, separated seating area in the auditorium or audience for a limited number of people for private viewing of a performance or event.

In this 1896 lithograph of people watching a Vitascope film, the curtains just left of the screen mark the top and sides of a box, with several people sketched inside of it; the curtains could be closed for privacy if the people renting the box wanted
The interior of the Palais Garnier, an opera house, showing the stage and auditorium, the latter including the floor seats and the opera boxes above

Boxes are typically placed immediately to the front, side and above the level of the stage. They are separate rooms with an open viewing area which typically seat five people or fewer.[2] Usually all the seats in a box are taken by members of a single group of people. A state box or royal box is sometimes provided for dignitaries.

In theatres without box seating the loge can refer to a separate section at the front of the balcony.

Sports venues such as stadiums and racetracks also have royal boxes or enclosures, for example at the All England Club and Ascot Racecourse, where access is limited to royal families or other distinguished personalities. In other countries, sports venues have luxury boxes aka skyboxes, where access is open to anyone who can afford tickets, sometimes bought by companies.

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  1. ^ "Loge". Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster. 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Beginner's guide: Where to sit at the theatre". 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2019-02-06.