How Did the Box Office Get its Name and How Did the Term For the Ticket Booth Originate?

In early Elizabethan times, theaters admitted the general public into the ground level “pit” without charge.

Before the play began, a plate was passed through the mostly standing pit audience.

Like a church collection, an established amount was expected for different seats and rows.

For the wealthy patrons who bought private balcony boxes for the season, tickets were conveniently held near the entrance in what was called the box office.