We have a waiting area in a cinema.

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As showed in the picture, when you go into a cinema, you see a waiting area facing the counter where people buy movie tickets, or popcorn and drinks.

You can sit in the waiting area waiting to go into the cinema room.

A lounge often refers to a room. I am not sure if we can say it if it is not a room but just an area.

Do we call this area "a lounge"?

  • If it has comfortable seats, it can be a 'waiting lounge'. Jun 6, 2022 at 13:18
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    The area where people assemble before going in to see a theatre or cinema show is often called a foyer . Jun 6, 2022 at 14:29

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In British English, this part of a cinema is called the foyer.

In American English, it is called the lobby (they also call cinemas 'movie theatres').

Not all cinemas have seating like you have highlighted. A room that is mainly comprised of comfy seating like this is usually called a lounge, but if it is part of something larger then the seating may be called a lounge area. So, if you wanted to specifically highlight that area specifically, you could refer to it as the lounge area of the foyer/lobby.

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