- A long enclosure that functions as a corridor inside or outside a building or between different buildings.
- The elevated (usually the highest) designated seating section in an auditorium, theater, church, etc.
- noun the seats above and around the benches in the House of Commons and House of Lords, where the public and journalists sit
- noun the main production control room in a television studio, where the production assistant, director and vision mixer sit.
- noun a balcony or passage running along the wall of a large building
- noun a corridor, hall or other enclosed passageway inside a building
- noun a long narrow space or room used for a particular purpose
- noun a long covered passageway that is open on one or both sides
- noun a decorative metal or wooden rail on a table top, shelf or tray
- The highest rows of seats in a theater, above the balconyand the circle. This is the cheapest area of the auditoriumas the seating tends to be uncomfortable and the view of the stagepoor. The reaction of the audience seated there was traditionallyconsidered to be a measure of popular taste. In Elizabethan playhouses,however, gallery seats were more prestigious and expensive than placesin the pit.
In the 18th century the occupants of the gallery were nicknamedthe gods, because of the elevated position of the seats andbecause blue sky, representing heaven, was painted on the ceilingsof many theaters; similarly, the gallery in French theaters was known asparadis.
To play to the gallery is to appeal deliberately to the lessdiscriminating part of one's audience, like an actor seeking popularity fromthose in the cheapest seats in the theater (the gallery) by an exaggerateddisplay.
see also footman's gallery; peanut gallery; women's gallery.
- noun a building which is open to the public and offers pieces of art to look at or for sale