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picture show

noun, Older Use.
a motion-picture theater.
Origin of picture show
1865-70, in sense “exhibition of pictures”; 1910-15 for current senses Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Laura stood across the street waiting for the people to come out from the picture-show.

  • The fact is, I have got a job to do in the provinces, which will prevent me from having my picture-show at the usual time.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • We went to a picture-show at Sligo, that night, and I have never seen a livelier audience.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • And naturally Ursula never in her life looked higher than the first line at a picture-show.

    The Glimpses of the Moon Edith Wharton
  • It's the retirin' kind that like to sit at home in their carpet slippers instead of goin' to a picture-show.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • At this moment Grace and Hubert came in from the picture-show together, and the conversation turned to lighter topics.

    Dennison Grant Robert Stead

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