Box office (Fr. bureau de location; Ger. Theaterkasse It. biglietteria)
- Edward A. Langhans
The place in or near an opera house where tickets are reserved, sold and distributed. Any theatre that charges admission needs an audience control system of some kind – at the simplest a secured entrance, a pay box – where the management can collect an entrance fee or tickets from patrons. The system becomes more complicated if the house is scaled, with different sections having different prices. Box-office attendants not only have a heavy responsibility in accounting; they are among the first theatre people that patrons encounter and consequently serve an important public relations function....