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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. When zoomed in, several people can be seen inside of it, albeit very sketchy. The curtains could be closed for privacy if the people renting the box wanted.

In theatre, a box (also known as loge)[1] 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.

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, where access is open to anyone who can afford tickets.


  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.

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