big screen


Definition of big screen 

: the motion-picture medium often as contrasted to television a story adapted for the big screen

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big-screen \ˈbig-ˌskrēn \ adjective

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many a television star has failed to make it on the big screen

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Or park a lawn chair on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway to watch on a big screen, a new option this year., "Five things to do around Greater Boston, July 2-15," 29 June 2018 Plenty of stress and tension is expected on the big screens at Downtown Kilroy's, 201 S. Meridian St. Rossi and Daly are one of five remaining duos in a season that began with 11 globe-trotting teams. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Indy drivers are keeping pace on TV’s ‘Amazing Race’," 13 Feb. 2018 Dan Fogelman, the creator of your favorite gut-wrenching NBC drama, has taken his writing skills to the big screen for a feature-length film that will melt even the coldest of hearts. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Trailer for 'Life Itself', a New Film from the Creator of 'This Is Us', Will Shatter Your Heart," 10 July 2018 On Friday, Focus Features announced in a press release that the beloved PBS series is getting a revival on the big screen. Emily Wang, Glamour, "A Downton Abbey Movie Is Happening With the Original Cast," 13 July 2018 This program, which will run Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 11, gets you into the Hall of Heroes exhibit plus all the other exhibits, a laser show, views through the observatory and retro sci-fi movies on the big screen. Trevor Fraser,, "Date Night: Variations on after dark," 5 July 2018 Masterful, and terrifying — and essential that it be seen on the big screen. Chris Kaltenbach,, "July 4th and more: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 1 July 2018 On the big screen, robots such as the Terminator are monsters, wreaking havoc on people and civilization. Hiawatha Bray,, "Afraid of robots? The feeling is mutual," 20 June 2018 Focus Features and Carnival Films are pacting to bring Downton Abbey and the lives of the Crawley family and its servants to the big screen. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Downton Abbey' Movie With Series Cast Officially a Go," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of big screen

1914, in the meaning defined above

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