An auditorium (plural auditoriums, or less commonly auditoria) is the area within a theatre, concert hall, or other performance space where the audience is located in order to hear and watch the performance. This article is about venues for live Theatre performances for information about venues for Film projection see Movie theater. A concert hall is a cultural building which serves as performance venue chiefly for classical instrumental music For movie theaters, the number of auditoriums is also expressed as the number of screens. Cinemaaustraliajpg|thumb|A movie theater in Australia ]]A movie theater, movie theatre, picture theatre or cinema is a venue
The term is taken from Latin; the concept is taken from the Greek auditorium which had a series of semi-circular seating shelves in the theatre, divided by broad 'belts', called diazomata, with eleven rows of seats between each. Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. The theatre of ancient Greece, or ancient Greek drama, is a theatrical Culture that flourished in ancient Greece between c
The audience in a modern theatre are usually separated from the performers by the proscenium arch, although other types of stage are common. Proscenium theatre is a Theatre space whose primary feature is a large Archway (the proscenium arch) at or near the front of the stage, through In Theatre, the stage (sometimes referred to as the deck in Stagecraft) is a designated space for the Performance of theatrical productions
The price charged for seats in each part of the auditorium (known colloquially as the house) usually varies according to the quality of the view of the stage. The seating areas can include some or all of the following:
In a monastery, an auditorium is an apartment for the reception of strangers. This article concerns the buildings occupied by monastics. For the life inside monasteries and its historical roots see Monasticism.