: available for public viewing for the first time
first-run movies
also : exhibiting first-run movies
first-run theaters

Examples of first-run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s not known whether Reitman and his associates have plans keep the venue as a first-run theater or to add additional screens. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024 But its heart and soul, the town centerpiece, is the Rio Theater, which since 1949 has been showing first-run movies, old favorites and hosted special events (example: today’s Super Bowl telecast will be free to anyone). Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 The showings included first-run double features and eventually adult movies. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Such audience pockets might develop around people in the market for a new car, or a consumer interested in attending a first-run movie. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 8 Jan. 2024 Tarantino revealed his purchase of the theater on Dax Shepherd’s podcast, saying at the time that, unlike his New Beverly Cinema, the Vista will show mostly first-run films — as long as a 35mm print exists. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 6 Nov. 2023 With apologies to the CW, whose first-run content often draws fewer viewers than reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond on TV Land, here’s how each of the four major networks is hoping to weather the storm ahead. Vulture, 21 Sep. 2023 The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas screening rooms will show first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Dave Berman, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas opened one of the world’s only dine-in Imax locations in Inglewood in July; Amazon renovated and has been operating The Culver Theater since December 2022, which is doubling as a first-run theater and home to some of its Prime Video premiere events. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first-run was in 1910

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“First-run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first-run. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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