One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An afternoon performance in a theatre or cinema.
- ‘After afternoon matinees in the summer, my coworker and I would change to our bikinis and sunbathe on the roof of the theater.’
- ‘The matinee performance on Tuesday was sold out and people were turned away as all 253 seats were full.’
- ‘And it concludes with two sell-out matinees, on Saturday and Sunday next.’
- ‘She remembers as a child going to traditional Saturday matinees at her local cinema, and said: ‘It's something that has been missing.’’
- ‘His many friends will be glad to learn that he is none the worse for his experience and was on the stage for the matinee this afternoon.’
- ‘It was a huge success and tickets sold out for each performance and also the Sunday matinee proved very popular.’
- ‘He was not at the manifesto matinee and missed the screen idol attention that would accompany it.’
- ‘The matinee performance of The Taming of the Shrew has already sold out!’
- ‘Local schools have again been quick to book for the two matinee performances.’
- ‘They are thinking of continuing their matinees at the theatre, and may have a supper at their grand opening, which is not yet set, although plans are to hold it somewhere near the end of April.’
- ‘A number of shows will be performed at 8pm while matinees are also taking place at 2.30 pm.’
- ‘Prices at morning and afternoon matinees will be 53 cents.’
- ‘Its popularity in 1948 with both schoolchildren and adults saw the Blossom Street picture house bursting at the seams during matinees and evening performances for weeks on end.’
- ‘Sunday's performance is a matinee, so I want to go to bed as soon as I can and get as much rest as possible.’
- ‘As well as the evening performances there is a matinee on Saturday, at 2pm.’
- ‘The performances - matinees and evenings most days - will take place within the Tower's courtyards and its gardens near the main house.’
- ‘We're suddenly deep in John Wayne territory, and there is very little that we haven't seen in countless afternoon matinees and war movies from the 1950s.’
- ‘All of the children performed excellently, in view of the fact that they had already performed in a matinee at midday.’
- ‘Already three of the matinee performances have been sold-out so do check at the Opera House.’
- ‘It was join in, or sit on a chair and shut up, whilst the rest of the world played football or went to the Saturday matinee at the local cinema.’
Mid 19th century: from French matinée, literally ‘morning (as a period of activity)’, from matin ‘morning’: performances were formerly also in the morning.
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