How to correctly call lobby of a movie theatre where people are waiting?

How to correctly call the room where people watch the movie?

  • Around here the place where the film is shown is usually referred to as a "theater": "Fantastic Beasts is showing in theater 3". You buy popcorn in the lobby.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 18, 2018 at 13:44

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On entering front-of-house in a British Isles cinema we may call it either the lobby or foyer. (can vary from palace to palace*) and in an up niche cinema with tables for drinks whilst watching or multiplex we can have easily have two types of area, using lobby for main entrance and foyer for bar.

We still often use auditorium for the theatre area where people watch films.

If your a film buff we find less and less projection booths as we switch to digital boxes. Projectionists often called the projection room a projection box but that was from their perspective.
Ticket booths are rare, modern layout has desk and or counter with increasing ticket machines

  • see comments below
  • From place to place, perhaps?
    – Lawrence
    Nov 18, 2018 at 5:33
  • Haha, ah, erm ... one does not drag one’s self around. One adjourns to one’s abode. :P
    – Lawrence
    Nov 19, 2018 at 12:49
  • They probably looked back at you and envied you actually living life. :)
    – Lawrence
    Nov 20, 2018 at 5:12

In Britain the lobby is called the 'foyer', pronounced as in French, but then we call a movie theatre a 'cinema', so what do we know? ;)

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