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picture show

noun, Older Use.
2.
a motion-picture theater.
Origin of picture show
1865-1870
1865-70, in sense “exhibition of pictures”; 1910-15 for current senses
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  • Should she attempt to go into this picture show she would be denied entrance.

  • Sure I can; we can do 'em in a hurry, and then go maybe to a picture show or some place.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • What with the red-candled cake and the picture show and the afternoon in the boat it sounded as if she had had a very happy day.

    Georgina of the Rainbows Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Nita made me take the Ford and drive into town for a picture show.

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
  • That has been my curious case, since I returned from the picture show.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
  • Do you go to the picture show very often—that particular theatre—the Texas Theatre?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Groups, en route to the picture show, decided otherwise and stopped to learn of the excitement.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • I believe Id rather live here, where you can walk to church and school and to the groceries and picture show and everything.

    Betty Lee, Freshman David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • The next day our American friends invited us to go to a picture show with them.

    Three Times and Out Nellie L. McClung
  • They greatly preferred that I take them motoring or to a dance or a picture show or a beach party.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter

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