Front of House (abbreviated FOH) is a theatrical term, referring to the portion of the building that is open to the public. In theatre and live music venues, it typically refers to the auditorium and foyer, as opposed to the stage and backstage areas. The term has also come into use in the food service industry, referring to the area where the general public eat. The kitchen is referred to as "back of house".
In stage lighting, any lighting fixtures that are on the audience side of the proscenium arch are referred to as being FOH.
This term can also refer to the individuals whose primary work is dealing with patrons, including house managers, ticket vendors, bartenders, merchandise vendors, and ushers.