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theater1 of 2
usually in Southern ˈthē-ˌā-,
variants or theatre
: a building or area for dramatic performances
: a building or area for showing motion pictures
: an outdoor structure for dramatic performances or spectacles in ancient Greece and Rome
: a place or sphere of enactment of usually significant events or action
the theater of public life
: a place rising by steps or gradations
a woody theater of stateliest view—John Milton
: a room often with rising tiers of seats for assemblies (as for lectures or surgical demonstrations)
: dramatic or theatrical quality or effectiveness
: entertainment in the form of a dramatic or diverting situation or series of events
their public feud made for good theater
Noun the oldest theater in the city the theater district in New York City The film is now showing in theaters. We enjoyed a weekend of music, dance, and theater. He was very fond of the theater and had purchased tickets for several performances. Her interests include theater and poetry. the theater of 16th-century England She majored in theater in college. a course in American theater His monologues made for good theater. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
NounOnlookers also sit at the long bar on the right side of the venue/theater. —Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2023 In one scene, Daniel dressed up as IRS inspector Deirdre Beaubeirdre (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), which led to a roar of laughter in the theater. —Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2023 After the 2012 massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., lawmakers in that state passed a ban. —Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2023 At one point during the cruise, Capt. McCue appeared on the stage of the main theater of the Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship on the ocean to tell her life story. —Douglass Mackinnon, Special To The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2023 There is a longstanding tradition that the title of Shakespeare’s play about an ambitious Scottish general and his still more ambitious wife should never be mentioned in the theater. —Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2023 Work to the outer facade, as well as temporary fencing, can be seen from the parking lot at the theater, which remains open during the project. —William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 24 Mar. 2023 How to watch John Wick: Chapter 4 Right now, the only way to watch John Wick: Chapter 4 is to head to a movie theater. —Milan Polk, Men's Health, 24 Mar. 2023 On the left is the newest one, the subterranean man cave unofficially known as the supervillain lair, officially the Ammonite Club, complete with 28-seat industry-caliber movie theater. —Jason Kehe, WIRED, 23 Mar. 2023
AdjectiveThe rebirth of the Pantages Theatre as a venue for Broadway road shows brought audience members there for pre-theater meals. —Linda Deutsch, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2023 Imax has unveiled a multi-theater deal with Cinema 21, Indonesia’s largest cinema chain, for ten new giant screens with laser projection systems. —Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2023 The best place for a pre-or post-theater meal and why. —Shivani Vora, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Your pre-theater meal just got a lot more exciting. —Tori Latham, Robb Report, 2 Nov. 2022 Their hours of operation start at the pre-theater time of 5 p.m. and end at 2 a.m. —Elise Taylor, Vogue, 29 Aug. 2022 Here are some trusty pre- and post-theater haunts to consider, ranging from most convenient to slightly less convenient, but still worthy. —Megha Mcswain, Chron, 24 Aug. 2022 The best place for a pre-or post-theater meal and why. —Shivani Vora, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Tell me the best place for a pre-or post-theater meal and why. —Shivani Vora, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More
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