Booking office


Booking office
   From the 1870s, the burgeoning number of theatres nationwide as well as the great number of touring attractions made a very complicated business of the scheduling of companies on the road into available theatres while avoiding too great a jump between cities. This gave rise to centralized booking agencies or booking offices in New York. A booking agent had to know railroad schedules as well as the requirements of local theatre managers. Most bookings for the season ahead were negotiated in August when managers from across the nation converged on New York to visit the various booking agencies that were clustered around Fourteenth Street. Until the 1890s, booking agencies were merely the middlemen in charge of distribution of the theatrical product. As managers began to form circuits of theatres to cooperate in getting advantageous bookings, there was a growing tendency toward consolidation of booking and management. It was this situation that gave rise to Klaw & Erlanger, also known as the Theatrical Syndicate, paralleled by Keith-Albee in vaudeville.

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  • booking office — booking offices N COUNT A booking office is a room where tickets are sold and booked, especially in a theatre or station. [BRIT] Syn: ticket office (in AM, use ticket office) …   English dictionary

  • Booking office — Book ing of fice 1. An office where passengers, baggage, etc., are registered for conveyance, as by railway or steamship. [1913 Webster] 2. An office where passage tickets are sold. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • booking office — booking .office n BrE a place where you can buy train or bus tickets = ticket office →↑box office …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • booking office — booking ,office noun count BRITISH a place where you can buy tickets for a trip …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • booking office — noun chiefly Britain : a ticket office; especially : one in a railroad station * * * Brit. a ticket office, esp. one in a railway station. [1830 40] * * * booking office noun An office where reservations are made or tickets sold • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • booking office — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms booking office : singular booking office plural booking offices British a place where you can buy travel tickets …   English dictionary

  • booking office — /ˈbʊkɪŋ ɒfəs/ (say booking ofuhs) noun a place where tickets are sold, as at a train station …   Australian English dictionary

  • booking office — noun Date: circa 1837 chiefly British a ticket office; especially one in a railroad station …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • booking office — Brit. a ticket office, esp. one in a railway station. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • booking office — ticket office, place where tickets are purchased …   English contemporary dictionary