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Historians typically argue that commercial entertainment started in sixteenthcentury England with the introduction of for-pro. t theatres. 2 These theatres were traditionally divided into sections, but in the absence of tickets, consumers had to be charged incremental amounts to access more exclusive sections, as suggested by the following description from 1576 (quoted in Baker, 1904, pp. 5– 6): “Those who go to Paris Gardens, the Bell Savage, or the Theatre to behold bear-baiting, interludes, or fence play, must not account of any pleasant spectacles unless . rst they pay one penny at the gate, another at the entry to the scaffold, and a third for a quiet sitting.” Although tickets were not introduced until much later, circular pieces of metal known as “checks” were used in early theatres to dissociate payment and admission. With checks, consumers would pay once at the entrance and subsequently redeem their checks in designated sections of the theatre. This step also eliminated the need to handle cash in each section. 3
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